It’s the week of The Big Taste and I’m givin’ ‘er! The menu at The Guild looked pretty good, had a selection of dishes, and is a good location for us to walk to from work. There were 6 of us from work who went as a group, and the restaurant was new to half of us.
For a started you could choose the soup of the day, which was a smoked potato soup or, you could have their regular menu item – the Smoky Devilled Eggs. These little eggs were amazing! The filling was as smooth as silk, with a buttery taste that I think somehow comes from the smoke. The crunchy bits on top and fresh chives pulled the many flavours in these little gems together and it was a genuine unique flavour experience, one that I would care to repeat over and over. The next day one of my co-workers stopped by my desk and said he couldn’t stop thinking about those devilled eggs!
The Crown Royal and Cherry Sausage was great – I got a large piece of meat – almost too much for lunch. The cherry really stands out in the sausage, which is impressive. The mashed potatoes were smooth and the grainy mustard was a nice textural twist. I actually didn’t love wood-grilled broccolini – the strong smoky taste here was off-putting to me, but others at the table loved it. The thick chicken gravy was awesome with the sausage.
One of my co-workers had the Turkey Wellington and quite enjoyed it as well.
I think I’ve had the carrot cake here once before. Very moist and rich, it is not your Grandma’s carrot cake. The ice cream was delicious and cut the richness of the cream cheese icing in a mouthful of cake, icing and ice cream. The little bits of crunchy walnut brittle hidden under the ice cream were a nice find!
We noticed that our chairs were too close to the table next to us – the servers couldn’t get through without bumping into everyone. I think this was the reason why servers were reaching across the table to hand us our dishes – one server almost ran his sleeve across one of our desserts. Our primary server was good with keeping our water glasses full – kudos! Also, she was very prompt at taking our payment when some of us had to rush out for a meeting at 1. Given that the restaurant was packed for The Big Taste, this huge restaurant did pretty good on service and food. We were one of the earlier tables to be seated and order, before the big rush, so I think that’s the key. In short, this was my best experience at The Guild thus far (my fourth time here), so I’m happy things have improved.