We were taken to This End Up by our friends, Hyedie and Andre who are very grateful to have this restaurant in the neighbourhood. In fact, Andre is such a big fan that he can be seen stuffing his face in this photograph from a magazine profile.
We started with the drink special, Watermelon Lemonade with Blueberries, which was as refreshing as one would expect, and not too sweet. I kept mine virgin.
Wanting something lighter, I ordered the Chaban Salad, which turned out to be a huge mound of baby lettuce, spiced chickpeas, Bhel Puri mix, cucumber, tomato, sweet onion, pomegranate seeds, potato hay, cilantro, and a coconut and tamarind dressing. Everything was very fresh, and the various ingredients complemented each other surprisingly well, with no single flavour dominating, including the dressing. The crunchy Bhel Puri contrasted nicely with the greens.
To be clear, This End Up also offers heartier options. My companions ordered the Mushroom Barley Veg Burger, The Better Mac, and Fried Chicken Thighs. I was able to sample the Fried Chicken Thighs, which were juicy, and very strong in blue cheese flavour. The french fries were addictive.
I was convinced that I did not have room for dessert, but when I was told that their doughnuts were available, and usually in short supply, I ordered the Nutella doughnut. The doughnut contained rich Nutella in its core while the yeast doughnut itself was light, and a little chewy.
The restaurant was cheerful yet stylish, much like our waitress. I can see why This End Up is popular with the locals; it doesn’t make a splash, but it does provide some decent and interesting dishes.
★ ★ ★ .5
This End Up, 1454 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Dined June 2014 – Junggugeo Kaenada