Come and Get It restaurant is flatbread heaven — Photo courtesy of Meaghan Eady
The menu at Come and Get It restaurant in Toronto is deceptively simple. The catch is that the short menu provides a lot of choice and flexibility. Here, it just isn't enough that your mouth is watering at the thought of Hawaiian pork belly. Do you want it interpreted into a salad, a poutine or a sandwich? In the evening, you can have it as a one-bite snack, slider, mini-poutine or bag o' bites (crispy pork crackling with hoisin dip). This "short menu" ends up being a total of 28 lunch dishes or 35 options for dinner (shout out to our high school math teachers).
The only thing better than one poutine is two poutines — Photo courtesy of Meaghan Eady
Originally a pop-up restaurant, this newly settled eatery has a home on Queen Street, just west of Bathurst. Owner Jon Polubiec is a mere 28 years old, but he has a steady confidence regarding his vision.
"We take [our] two philosophies very seriously," Polubiec says. "First, ‘Same, same but different’ ensures that our menu items and ingredients are approachable, simple and complimentary, yet have a dash of creativity to differentiate our product from others. Some restaurants do 'Same, same, same,’; they play it safe and boring. But other restaurants try to be off the wall to differentiate and go ‘Different, different, different,’ but miss the mark on approachability.
Care for a bite? — Photo courtesy of Meaghan Eady
He adds: "Our second philosophy is, ‘We eat to survive, but we dine to socialize.’ When some restaurants are designed to upsell with a smile, while promptly sending you packing on your last bite so they can turn the table, we understand that a dining experience should not be rushed."
You will certainly not be rushed, which is a great thing if you want to spend a minute deciding which of the 35 options needs to be tasted. With a chill hip-hop soundtrack and enthusiastically descriptive wait staff, your head will be bopping and your stomach will be rumbling prior to digging in.
Coconut shrimp poutine — Photo courtesy of Meaghan Eady
The beautifully presented food arrives quickly. Even the un-photogenic Canadian dish poutine looks like it is wearing its Sunday best in the world's smallest skillet (Think Easy-Bake Oven small.), covered in coconut curry to stand in for the traditional gravy. Fried potatoes covered in coconut-crusted fried shrimp and housemade prawn crackers may not be something you would conjure up in your own kitchen, but it ends up being love at first bite.
The funky interior of Come and Get It — Photo courtesy of Meaghan Eady
A trip to Toronto always ends up being a food tour, in one way or another. It's impossible not to be affected by the myriad of flavors and cultures.
Going to Come and Get It will give you a chance to see the best of Toronto under one roof. Enjoy a new dining concept, a young chef with lots of talent and great music and snacks that will get you through hours of conversation.
After all, as the owner believes: "Rome wasn’t built in a day; it was built over dinner."
The slider to beat all sliders — Photo courtesy of Meaghan Eady