For our annual holiday get-together, we chose Johnny Bistro in Markham for dinner. Johnny Bistro is located in the east side of Markham close to Main Street Markham on the next street over on 5 Washington Street.
I arrived here at 7 p.m. and there were already a number of patrons dining in. They have a private parking lot that can fit a good number of cars and a large patio (great for the summer). Since we were here in the winter season, they had a fireplace running inside. It was a very cozy and comfortable atmosphere to dine in.
On Wednesday nights, they have Greek Night in which they feature their Roast Lamb. Alice ordered that. Marilyn got the Lobster Ravioli. Since it’s been my goal to eat more veggies and spend less money on food, I ordered the Garden Burger.
The service here was decent with just one server catering to the entire restaurant that night.
I absolutely enjoyed my Garden Burger!! It arrived open-faced and the grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, basil pesto, and arugula with a vegetarian house made black bean patty on two fluffy buns. The burger arrived with one included side (from the choices of lemon roast potatoes, bistro rice, fresh cut fries, sweet potato fries, Bistro house salad, Caesar salad, or Greek salad) — I chose the Bistro house salad. I was thoroughly and highly impressed with this veggie burger! Actually, I think this was the first and only time I had ever ordered a vegetarian burger at a restaurant. I was so proud of myself for sticking to this choice (I was actually quite intrigued with their popular Chicken Souvlaki dish and almost ordered that based on the server’s recommendations) but so glad that I stuck with my first choice.
If you like vegetarian burgers or want to try one, I highly recommend this one from Johnny Bistro’s! I loved how the vegetarian house made black bean patty was slightly seasoned and the black bean patty held together well. The grilled zucchini and roasted red pepper were extremely juicy and fresh. I had a great time biting into this burger. I also reveled in the fact that it was all vegetarian and that there was no meat in this dish! Yum!
The Bistro house salad was quite fresh and such a great addition to my Garden Burger.
The Roast Lamb that Alice ordered was a carved leg of lamb; slow cooked and lightly seasoned; topped with Pops’ lamb gravy; and served with roast potatoes, rice, and Greek salad. Alice was disappointed with the dish because the lamb was incredibly dry and rough. Marilyn took a bite and found the same too.
Marilyn ordered the Lobster Ravioli which had sautéed mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, arugula, and basil alfredo. She really enjoyed it!
The restaurant closed at 9:30 p.m. so even though we wanted to stay a little longer to chitchat after our meal, we hightailed it over to the neighbouring Tim Hortons instead. 🙂