The Junction Kitchen & Bar

two plates of steak and ribs with fries

The Junction Kitchen & Bar located at 3820 Victoria Park Ave in North York, Toronto

Betty and I bought a Groupon voucher to The Junction Kitchen & Bar way back in January of this year.  We had planned to go on a Saturday night.  Thus, I called in to make a reservation.  I called in earlier in the week but there was no one that picked up the phone.  I found it a little odd and then called again on the Saturday that we were going to the restaurant for dinner.  Again, no answer.  

We arrived at the restaurant at 7:30 p.m. as we had planned for dinner at that time, and I was shocked to find out that the restaurant was closed!  There was no notice on its website or social media accounts that their restaurant would be closed on this Saturday and I even walked up to the door and there was no sign.  This was incredibly infuriating and I knew that I had to include this detail in my blog post of this restaurant.  (Instead, we went to O.M.G Restaurant & Lounge that was just a few minutes away for dinner that night.)

Empty Junction Kitchen & Bar

The restaurant was closed on the Saturday night that we wanted to go!

A few days after that, we tried for dinner again and this time, I called the restaurant once more to make a reservation.  This time, a man picked up and when I told him what had happened the other night, he was quite rude and blunt and told me that their restaurant had closed for a private event that night and that’s why they were closed.  Um, but the restaurant was completely dark and empty and there were barely any cars in their parking lot when I was there that Saturday.  This was extremely uncalled for and his rude tone on the phone didn’t give me any other good impressions of the restaurant.

Since we had bought the Groupon though, I was still willing to go and use it up and try their food.  The Groupon voucher was bought for $31.20 (it was originally $39 but there was a discount when I bought it) for a three-course meal for two people.  We were allowed to choose a starter to share (for up to $14), two entrees (for up to $50), and a dessert to share (for up to $14).

We finally were able to make it to the restaurant successfully!  Betty had called into make a reservation for us on a Saturday night in April (can’t believe that it took us three months to finally get to dine at this restaurant; our schedules were also very busy to accommodate) for 6 p.m.

inside of Junction Kitchen & Bar

Large open space inside the restaurant

When I got there, we were one of the only two guests in the entire restaurant.  I had underestimated how big the restaurant would be from the outside.  It was huge inside!  It was a full sports bar and restaurant with ample tables and room at the bar for food and drinks.  They also had an area with a pool table too and flat-screen TVs for sporting events.

There was one server at the restaurant serving us that night.  He was incredibly friendly, polite, and accommodating during our visit.  It was nice.

We chose the Pepper Shrimp starter to share, Steak and Fries and the Baby Back Ribs (full rack) with sweet potato fries, and the Brownie Cheesecake to share.  When ordering, the server didn’t inform us that the sweet potato fries would cost an extra $2.  If we had known this before it came to bill time, I wouldn’t have chosen the sweet potato fries and opted for the salads instead — I didn’t want to pay extra fee for fries.

Mug with lemon and hot water

Hot water and lemon

Looking into a canister of hot water

What a cool canister to carry the hot water!

Pepper Shrimp

Pepper Shrimp. $11
-shrimp with a spicy pepper medley

We asked for hot water with lemon as our beverages and I was fascinated with the hot water containers that came along with our mugs.  It looked like a light bulb!  It was really cute.

Our food arrived in a reasonable amount of time and gave us lots of time to catch up and chat during dinner.  The Pepper Shrimp arrived in a nicer presentation than I expected considering it was a sports bar.  The deshelled shrimps were very lightly battered and stir fried with lots of peppers.  At first bite, the shrimp was incredibly tender and fresh.  After chewing it, that was when you noticed the spice kick in.  The dish had an incredibly Asian sensation to it.  It didn’t seem like something you would eat at a sports bar at all.  It really did seem like a stir fry dish you would have at a Chinese restaurant.  It was quite an interesting starter.  I thought that the fresh crisp shrimps didn’t really match the spice of the peppers.

Pepper Shrimp

One of the shrimps

Steak & Fries with fries and grilled tomato

Steak & Fries. $20
-10 oz striploin, demi-glace served with fries and grilled tomato

The Steak & Fries arrived with some regular potato fries on the side.  The steak was a flat lean steak that was definitely overcooked.  We had asked for medium rare but the inside of the steak was all cooked through.  Hmm… I informed the server of this too when he asked how our food was and he apologized for the overcooked steak.

The steak itself was decent tasting.  There was also a grilled tomato on the side that was heavily charred.  I had to scrape off the burnt bits but the tomato itself was delicious — it was so juicy!

Medium cooked steak

This steak was not medium-rare as requested; it was medium

Baby Back Ribs with Jack BBQ sauce, coleslaw, sweet potato fries

Baby Back Ribs (full rack). $22
-Jack BBQ sauce, coleslaw, choice of side (sweet potato fries +$2)

The full rack of Baby Back Ribs came with a coleslaw and the sweet potato fries.  These sweet potato fries were so skinny and crunchy!  I really enjoyed these. 😀  (But still not worth the extra two bucks.)

The coleslaw was a good combination with the ribs.  The baby back ribs were actually delicious!  There was just enough sauce on the ribs and it was tasty.  It also was a little over-grilled though but it take away from the overall taste.

It was a lot of food for me and I ended up packing up my share to enjoy later at home.

Brownie Chocolate Cheesecake

Brownie Chocolate Cheesecake. $7
-moist, rich, and sugar-free chocolate brownie cheesecake –

To finish off, we had the Brownie Chocolate Cheesecake.  This was delicious!  It was a moist, rich, and sugar-free chocolate brownie cheesecake.  The cheesecake was really soft and the brownie was perfectly chocolaty.  Delicious!  I really enjoyed this dessert. 😀

Overall, I was glad that we finally got to try The Junction Kitchen & Bar.   I would say that their food were hits and misses.  The dessert and baby back ribs were very good but the starter and steak could have been executed better.  I was also a little concerned for their business seeing as there was such a lack of customers on a Saturday night.  Perhaps they are very busy during weekdays for lunch with so many corporate buildings around them though — what do I know haha.

Sports mural at Junction Kitchen & Bar

A really nice sports mural on the wall

Have you been to The Junction Kitchen & Bar before?  What was your experience like?

The Junction Kitchen & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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