I must have walked by Kelly’s Landing Bar & Grill, located at Bay and Front, a zillion times. I always noticed that this chic looking Toronto restaurant was packed with a diverse crowd of people ranging from sports fans to Bay street bankers who all seemed to be having a great time.
Filled with curiosity I hit up my foodie partner in crime, and off we went to check out this fairly new spot that’s a part of The Landing Group of restaurants.
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Kelly’s Landing definitely made a good first impression on us. Upon entry, we were greeted by a beautiful spacious restaurant with high ceilings, unique pieces and an overall cool, upscale vibe.
This Toronto restaurant has a real energy to it with stunning booths, natural light pouring in and a 13-foot TV, which is capable of splitting into six screens looms – perfect for watching all the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches or when multiple Toronto sports teams play on the same day.
For all you music lovers, a live DJ spins Wednesdays through Saturdays evenings. This is major bonus points for me in particular because I’m pretty much over the nightclub scene! A nice lounge or restaurant with live music spinning is right up my alley.
The moment we stepped into Kelly’s Landing we were greeted by two very pleasant hosts, and the friendly service didn’t stop there.
Our server Helen, was a breath of fresh air. Originally from Ireland, Helen was attentive, funny and showed a genuine interest in making sure our dining experience was a great one. When people are passionate and love what they do it always shines through in their work.
The General Manager, Tom also swung by our table to tell us about the new awesome rooftop and for some general chit-chat. Managers who personally take the time to greet their guests are awesome, and Tom was just that.
Even Allan, who coordinated our reservation checked in with us at the start of our meal to ensure things were running smoothly and he wasn’t even scheduled to work that day – talk about dedication!
This is one Toronto restaurant where service definitely shines through. Even our take home box with our leftovers had a personal touch to it.
Toronto restaurants are known for having good food. Kelly’s Landing definitely lived up to this! We found a lot of unique and tasty options on the menu.
We started off with the Trio Dip as our appetizer. This dish contains goat cheese, red pepper dip, warm eggplant, spicy hummus, garlic confit and is served with naan bread, focaccia toast points, and tortilla chips. One word, Delish.
Our entrees consisted of the Maple Cider Roast Chicken (1/2 maple cider chicken, market vegetables, roasted herb potatoes, pan gravy) and the Lobster Fettuccine (whole 1¼ lb east coast lobster, mushrooms, leek and sherry tarragon cream, fettuccine).
The Maple Cider Roast Chicken was juicy and tender. There’s a delightful sweet, subtle flavour, thanks to maple syrup being added to the sauce – yum.
The Lobster Fettuccine was a big bowl of creamy melt in your mouth heaven.
Neither of us are huge alcohol drinkers, but we did notice that Kelly’s Landing has a lot of choices of beers on tap, mixed drink options, and a well-stocked bar and wine cellar.
After a brief rundown of the cocktail menu by our server, we opted for the Peach Pony & Honey Smash.
The Peach Pony is a mix of absolute, peach nectar, peach bitters, fresh lemon juice, and ginger beer. The Honey Smash, a mix of absolute, raspberries, strawberries, mint, fresh lemon juice and honey.
Just saying the name of these beautiful drinks makes me feel refreshed, and both are perfect for the summer. Now go, get your own cocktail, and tell Tom that Tiffany & Tammy from Explore The 6 sent you 🙂
Last but not least, we finished up our meal with the Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Chocolate Cake.
We we’re both super hesitant about trying the Sticky Toffee Pudding because neither of us are big toffee fans. However, after a lot of encouragement from Tom and pretty much every single person who had it before we decided to give it a try.
Ya’ll. You have to try this! This warm sticky toffee pudding has a hint of chili that surprises your taste buds. The vanilla ice cream and salted caramel balance the flavors beautifully to create a magical foodie experience you’ll crave again and again.
The house-made layered Chocolate Cake was incredibly moist, with the perfect balance of chocolate with raspberry filling. If you’re a chocolate lover definitely give the Kelly’s Landing Chocolate Cake a try.
The Final Verdict:
The service was awesome. The food was fabulous. The location is right in the heart of downtown Toronto. What more could you ask for? We’ll definitely be visiting Kelly’s Landing again soon because this Toronto restaurant did not disappoint!!!
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