I will admit that Morgans On The Danforth was not my first choice for catching up with old school friends. I had chosen a different location that ended up being the absolute WRONG choice (loud, trivia night, put me right in the middle of the pub when I asked for a more private spot) so thanks to my new handy cell phone we managed to come up with an alternate spot. Thank goodness for Morgans.
Even though it is also a pub, it is also a bit of an oasis with its tall benches that allow for privacy and a buffer to noise. I was still in a pretty sensitive state when we got together. This was exactly what I needed.
We began by sharing the Caesar salad because the inclusion of anchovy and Reggiano cheese suggested it was an authentic Caesar with lots of flavour, complete with a crispy crostini.
One friend ordered the mussels “Steamed with leeks, diced tomatoes, parsley, garlic, saffron and Side Launch Wheat beer” which looked fantastic. As great the frites looked you might want to order a side place of bread for dipping into that flavourful jus.
My other friend at first tackled the Southern fried chicken with knife and fork and then gave in with her fingers and teeth. It looked so good and Sriracha honey the perfect sweet heat accent. The jalapeño corn bread also looked fantastic.
A friend had sent me some money to use to go out to dinner with friends so I used it wisely and got the wild boar and mushroom ragu. Slow roasted boar meat with red wine, herbs, tomato and mushrooms served over penne? OMG, delicious! So filling and I almost ate every single bite. It was super tasty without being too gamey, I loved it and would order it again.
We shared the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert and it was very good, although I must admit I have had better elsewhere and at home. The texture was right but it was quite heavy on the spices. A little too strong for me.
Do not let this photograph of Morgans On The Danforth fool you. There is even more seating at the back of the restaurant so it can accommodate quite a few people. Our server was super nice and quite delightful too.
I ended up really enjoying my time at Morgans with my friends. We got to catch up on each other’s lives without music blaring too loudly or people listening in. The food was really fantastic and the service could not have been better. I highly recommend it be a place to go when you need to eat and connect with friends or family in a cozy environment on a dark winter’s night.
I give this foodie experience four out of five wooden spoons