Fred’s Not Here (Winterlicious)

Fred Who? Who’s Fred? My thoughts exactly. Regardless if we know Fred or not, this restaurant serves to be a fan-favourite during Winterlicious. For all of you not from Toronto (hi international friends!), Winterlicious is a two-week-long event where hundreds of TO’s most popular restaurants offer three-course prix fixe lunch/dinner menus.

I’ve been meaning to go to Fred’s Not Here for some time now based on Yelpers and other food bloggers. This jazzy little restaurant nestles in the heart of Entertainment District and serves up fine seafood and steaks. Their lunch price is set at $23 while dinner is $35. You can find their Winterlicious menu here.




Famous Lobster & Crab Soup


As usual, I looked on Yelp for some inspirations on what to order and everyone said to get the famous Lobster & Crab soup. Boy oh boy was this deliciously warm and soothing on a cold January night. The puff pastry coupled nicely with the soup and I’m glad that it wasn’t too salty (which I find most soups in restaurants to be).


“California Cut” New York Steak


For my main, I ordered the Wood Grilled “California Cut” New York Strip Steak with vegetables and duck-fat frites. The meat tasted mediocre; it was definitely not up to par with ones from The Keg (which is usually what I compare to, unfair I know). The green beans and fries tasted great though!


Duck-fat frites


Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding with caramel rum sauce

Two things first:
1) The dessert was much bigger in person than pictured above
2) It was definitely the best part of my meal

This Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding with caramel rum sauce was probably the best thing that’s happened since sliced bread. It had a nice blend of banana and chocolate flavoring without one overpowering the other. I can also taste the rum but  I’m not sure if the sauce had any actual alcohol or if they’re just good at deceiving taste buds!

Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Fred's Not Here on Urbanspoon


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