York Rd Kitchen & Chocolate Bar- Lamb Shank


The meal: **1/2

A friend recommended this spot for dessert but while we were there, I opted to try the lamb shank cooked in rich chocolate tomato sauce. It was an odd combo but you know what they say, “when in Rome”. Overall, it was a decent meal. The chocolate bits on the meat, however, ruined the meat in my opinion. If you enjoy a savoury lamb shank like I do then this dish is definitely not for you.

We of course had to try dessert and went with the chocolate fondu. It did not disappoint and as you can tell from the picture, the portion is petit. If you happen to have a sweet tooth and are dinning with another person then you might want to consider getting separate orders.

The place:***1/2

The bar is large and has many rooms (open bar, dining, private rooms) that can be used to cater to any audience. It is also used to cater events from time to time.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet


Pierre’s Poutine – Regular Poutine

** Location: Guelph, ON, Canada **

Pierre Poutine

About the meal: I’ve had the real Quebec poutine so I’m very particular about good/bad poutine. I was very skeptical when I was told there was good poutine in Guelph, but I decided to try it out anyways – and I approve! The fries are freshly made (you can taste the real taste of potatoes, and not frozen fries) and they are not shy with the gravy, making the heat of the gravy melt the cheese curds, and add tons of flavor to the poutine. The fries are done right, so that they remain crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and don’t become soggy. A must try!

About the place: The staff is pretty friendly (I’ve been a couple of times now) and the service is fairly quick. It’s a small place, not very fancy, but it’s rarely packed so there’s enough space to be comfortable. Good place to have a quick meal and seems family friendly.

I’ve sometimes wondered about the cleanliness of the place. It looks overall OK, but more could be done. I’ve also observed them making the poutine and a lot of the times the staff isn’t wearing gloves but picks up the fries/cheese with their bare hands, and also work on cash/other tasks.

Sad note: they are closed on Sundays…