Date Night at Fionn MacCool’sIt’s not too often that Wendy and I get to go out together, just the two of us, on a date night. It is even more rare that we get to go out with friends. Well this weekend, we got to do just that.
I had the opportunity to review Fionn MacCool’s new menu, and our kids had other plans, so we invited our friends Davindra and Cindy to join us. It was a wonderful evening filled with great food, yummy drinks, and awesome conversation, all in the warm ambiance of an Irish pub. It was a great evening.
A Bold New Food PromiseThat is what Executive Chef Adam Brown is bringing to the table at Fionn MacCool’s. “We believe in sourcing great tasting ingredients from responsible Canadian farms we know and trust.”
Fionn MacCool’s is an Irish Pub, serving up a variety of Irish-inspired classics, with some North American flair thrown in. They have locations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
PartnershipsFionn MacCool’s has partnered with Beretta Farms. Proudly Canadian, Beretta raises their cows without the use of antibiotics, added hormones or steroids. That means great quality beef served to the customer.
Chicken Farmers of Canada ensures that the chicken that reaches your table is safe, delicious, and raised to the highest food safety and animal care standards. Fionn MacCool’s serves Canadian chicken breasts and thighs in all of their chicken dishes.
Wild Cod, caught sustainably. Fionn MacCool’s serves Ocean Wise wild cod in their famous Fish and Chips, Double-stacked Cod Sandwich, Southern Fish Fry, Baked Cod, Fish Tacos, and Fisherman’s Chowder.
Canadian Bacon, served in Caesar Salad, Bacon-wrapped Chicken, Flagship Bacon Burger, Flying Pig XL Sandwich, Great Canadian Club and Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
Locally grown potatoes. In Ontario, the potatoes are grown in Sudbury by Valley Growers. The rich sandy soil and northern climate produce amazing potatoes, which Fionn MacCool’s uses for their famous hand-cut fries. In Western Canada locations, Fionn MacCool’s sources 100% Alberta potatoes from Cavendish Farms. 100% locally grown.
Free-run eggs means the cage free hens are able to roam free and socialize in an open-concept barn. No restrictions to feed and clean water. Fionn MacCool’s uses free-run eggs in their cobb salad and their made-in-pub pie pastry, bread pudding bites, and brownies.
Fionn MacCool’s is very rooted in their community. 50¢ from every Mill St. Organic pint sold goes to a local charity. Pint philanthropy.
StartersThere’s nothing like eating good ole homestyle comfort food. It brings back memories of my Mom’s cooking when I was younger. I’d always look forward to meals with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Comfort food is how I can best describe the new menu at Fionn MacCool’s. I got to sample a few of the starters this past weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised.
Filled with lean ground beef, sweet green peas, corn and carrots, all simmered in rich gravy. Topped with buttermilk mashed potatoes and creamed corn.
This dish reminds me of my Mom’s Shepherd’s Pie… and it’s so darn good.
Stuffed bits of buttermilk mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, red peppers and green onions. Fried golden brown and served with made-in-Pub fire-roasted red pepper sauce.
A cross between a hushpuppy and a fritter… and are so good! Wash those down with a Mill St. Organic, and you are set… until the main course.
Lightly dusted calamari tossed in salt, pepper and green onions. Served with made-in-Pub fire-roasted red pepper sauce.
Davindra and Cindy ordered this popular app. They didn’t say much other than “mmmmm, this is really good!” I don’t eat calamari, so I’m gonna take their word for it.
MainsWith so many great items on the menu at Fionn MacCool’s, our group had a hard time deciding on our entrees. I went with the Steak and Fries.
Steak and Fries
8 oz. Beretta sirloin bavette grilled to order with sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and fresh-cut fries.
I’m really picky when it comes to my steaks. I truly believe that if I have to dip my steak into any type of sauce, it is not spiced quite right. I order my steaks medium rare. That means, I don’t want it rarer than that, or cooked more the that.
My steak came out cooked perfectly, and the mushrooms were flavoured nicely. The hand-cut fries made from locally grown potatoes that Fionn’s is famous for, dipped into their house gravy… mmmmmm, so good!
I paired my steak and fries with a Mill St. Organic. So satisfying!
Double-Stacked Cod Sandwich
Two pieces of crispy buttermilk-breaded cod, double-stacked with sliced hothouse tomato, rainbow slaw and iceberg lettuce on a toasted ACE Bakery bun.
The breading on the cod is nicely spiced, and not overwhelming. It is not the type of breading you would get on your standard fish (and chips). It is much lighter, allowing the rest of the toppings to compliment the taste, capped off with a tasty bun. Fantastic!
No. 1 Fish and Chips
A cod fillet fried to order in our made-in-Pub Barking Squirrel amber lager beer batter. It’s served with rainbow slaw, our Dungloe Sauce and fresh-cut fries.
The fish was very tender on the inside, and the Barking Squirrel amber lager beer batter was crispy on the outside. A very tasty combo! The Dungloe Sauce is Fionn’s take on tartar sauce. Wendy opted for the sweet potato fries instead of the regular fries, as I got the regular fresh cut fries with my steak. The rainbow slaw rounded out this classic pub dish. Delicious, and not too heavy.
Be The North Lentil Bowl
Saskatchewan lentils with kale, pickled carrots, marinated beets, roasted corn, spicy zucchini and roasted sweet potatoes with an herb-yogurt dressing.
For this who want a lighter vegetarian fare, this bowl is the dish for you. Packed with nutrients and flavour, this Buddha Bowl-esque dish consists of locally sourced vegetables and lentils.
DessertsThe dessert menu at Fionn MacCool’s is small, but packs a punch. There are five items on there. One of the items is French vanilla ice cream, which also comes with a couple of the other desserts. So, we ordered the other four items. So many things are made-in-house, which is nice for a Pub.
Brownies and Ice Cream
Three dark chocolate brownies drizzled with salted butterscotch. Served with two scoops of French vanilla ice cream.
Apple Crumble Pie
Layers of warm, buttery apples with cinnamon, baked in a crisp made-in-Pub pastry shell and topped with crumble. Served with French vanilla ice cream and drizzled with butterscotch.
Raspberry Shortbread Cheesecake
Made-in-pub, buttery shortbread crust with light and fluffy vanilla cheesecake topped with raspberry coulis. Comes with a shortbread cookie for scooping, dipping, or eating.
Bread Pudding Bites
Fried golden brown, tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with custard. Served with salted butterscotch for dipping.
The desserts were all delicious! It was a great way to finish off a fantastic meal, and left us all wanting a nap!
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Check out the new Fionn MacCool’sIf you get the chance, check out Fionns new menu. Bring friends, and enjoy some comfort food.
Warm plates. Tall glasses. Old friends.
Céad Mile Fáilte!
Disclaimer: I was invited to review Fionn MacCool’s new menu and direction. Our meals were complimentary. All opinions are my own.
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