It’s finally beginning to look like summer in the city, which means new menus with the freshest ingredients.
At Small Town Food Co. located at Parkdale, co-chefs Trish Gill and Charlotte Langley have created their new menu with the vibrancy and freshness of the changing season. The co-chefs have been working together for three years at two other restaurants and have come to Small Town Food Co. more recently to collaborate on ideas to incorporate the mantra of “Canadian nostalgic comfort cuisine”.
“It’s a hometown spin on Canadian cuisine,” Langley said, describing the menu choices. The chefs prepared an ultra rare fresh Albacore tuna rolled in a dill, celery, and lemon gremolata, with an mayo aioli, lightly roasted Albacore and oyster with hints of celery, paired with a salad consisting of diced celery, cucumber, and potato. They also served a brioche-based flatbread with charred green onion pesto base (without any nuts!), asparagus, courgette, ramps, fiddlehead and peas all topped with Parmesan.
“My background is in fish preparation so, we thought for this menu, we would do a meat friendly menu with some vegetarian options,” Langley explains. “So taking from memory, on Sundays, my grandfather would make pig’s bum, scallop potatoes and creamed corn for dinner, so we are going to be doing a riff on that – something that I enjoyed growing up, but refining it.”
The chefs work with Ontario farmers, as much as possible, and encompass that “small town, big city” feel of the restaurant by working with those around them. Plus everything in the restaurant is made from scratch and in house.
“It’s like what your grandma would make when you would go home for the weekend,” echoed Gill. “But the portions are a bit different and it’ll look a bit prettier. Keeping the same flavours though, and lots of memory while you are eating.” It’s a conversation piece, which allows their food to take you back to a time and place of comfort and warmth, and to share that nostalgia with the people you are dining with.
The drink features will change to compliment the menu. They are doing a house negroni with some espresso bean and coconut flavours, as well as a twist on a basil smash with raspberry and lemon.
Small Town Food Co. is located at 1263 Queen Street West, just east of Brock Avenue. Be sure to hashtag #smalltownfood #canadiancomfortfood #novellamag