Elephant & Castle

Located at 212 King St W in Toronto

After having received the free $50 gift card from Elephant & Castle (they enlisted my help to run a contest to give away a gift card and I got the same gift in return. Yay!), Jen and I went there to dine and try it out.

I’ve walked past this location of Elephant & Castle on King Street many times before.  It’s on the corner of King and Simcoe and across from Roy Thompson Hall and my beloved theatre district (oh, memories).  It is newly renovated which is why they decided to open up their promotion and invite foodies and bar-goers to their restaurant to dine.  Elephant & Castle is essentially a pub so you can expect lots of beer and pub food.

Thank you for the gift card! ^_^

As there were $50 fully loaded on my card, I really didn’t expect that we would use up all of it.  (Read through the rest of my blog post to see how much I ended up spending ;)).

When we walked into the restaurant and the server led us to our table, she introduced us to the name of each dining room as we passed through them.  Holy smokes, I didn’t realize how big the place was.  It was huge!!!  What a great place to host a big party :).

The place was HUGE! Each dining room had its own name

Crown Float (20 oz.) $7.50
-Somersby Cider, Guinness

Alexander Keith’s Original Cider. $6.50

Jen and I ordered drinks to start.  I ordered the Crown Float, something I’d never tried before.  Jen ordered a light Alexander Keith’s Original Cider that I enjoyed.  It was sweet and light! 🙂

My Crown Float was a mix of Somersby Cider and Guinness which is why it looks two-coloured.  The top is bitter where the Guinness beer is and it’s not until you get to the bottom that it gets a little sweeter with the Somersby Cider.

We ordered two appetizers to share to start: calamari and chicken wings!!  So typical, eh.  The calamari was really good! 😀  I liked how there were also deep fried onions and peppers too!  I couldn’t stop snacking on the fried onions. :9

Calamari. $11.50
-with onions, peppers, and tzatziki for dipping

Chicken Wings. $11
-served buffalo style with buttermilk bleu cheese dip

I usually am a bit hesitant when it comes to ordering wings at a pub because they’re not always good.  However, these buffalo wings that we ordered were quite good!  They were tasty and juicy on the inside.  I was very impressed and couldn’t stop snacking on everything as we chatted.

After we were done, we wanted one more dish so Jen and I both agreed on the Fish Tacos.  I like how we both had the same items in mind — if we didn’t get the fish tacos, we would have gotten the shepherd’s pie or the jalapeno mac and cheese (*drool*).

Long Beach Fish Tacos. $13.50
-spiced mahi mahi, lettuce, tomato, green onion, cilantro, guacamole and chipotle aioli. Served with chips and salsa

When the fish tacos arrived, it was a big plate full of different colours from all the ingredients that were in the tacos.  At first bite, I thought there was a mistake since the bits of mahi mahi fish were so small and fried up that it resembled pork.  I clarified with our server who assured us it was fish.  It was an interesting taco with lots of filling!

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Look at that plump and juicy fish taco!

All in all, I absolutely enjoyed my evening at Elephant & Castle.  The food was fantastic, the service was exceptional, and I loved the atmosphere of the pub.  It was such a nice, large place to unwind after a long day.  And would you know, our bill after drinks and food came exactly to $50 before taxes and tip!  What a funny coincidence!  Hehe. 🙂  Thank you again for gifting me the card for me to try out your food, Elephant & Castle!  We’ll be back for sure!

FTC Disclaimer: Although Elephant & Castle reached out and provided me with a complimentary gift card to review their restaurant, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the restaurant.

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