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Totally biased product review by me — Spitfire Kitchen

The Union Jack beckons you from a distance into Spitfire Kitchen

The Union Jack beckons you from a distance into Spitfire Kitchen. There’s a patio too

So, a few weeks ago we decided to finally get out to try Spitfire Kitchen, the restaurant opened by the owners of one of Brits in Toronto’s favourite food trucks — The Feisty Jack.

It was a chilly day so the crew jumped in the motor and sped off to Etobicoke, about 15 minutes’ drive west of Toronto. We opted for the brunch menu.

Spitfire Kitchen is very easy to spot from the main road, with the Union Jack in proud attendance and The Feisty Jack food truck parked right opposite. The Brits have taken over that little part of the street, for sure!

It’s not a massive place, around six tables, with a few seats by the window eating area. Nice and cosy.

Quick, friendly service — always a great start. Very welcoming. And diners can see everything the chef is doing at the back, so you feel part of the kitchen action.

Tea came, nice and strong. A real British brew. Then the star of the show …

Get yer laughing gear around that!

Git yer laughin’ gear around that!

Opted for the cremini and portobello mushrooms sautéed with caramelized onion and deglazed with red wine, served open-faced on a fresh baked roll with melted Welsh Cheddar.

It was DELISH. Definitely enough for two to share, a roll each, and also you can throw in a side too.

One critique is that we thought it was the wrong kind of bread used for that particular topping. We would have liked it actually on toast — maybe a fried slice? — and also some black pudding on the side.

We feel the menu needs a few more choices added too. But it only opened in early November so we’re willing to wait a while and go back.

Once the meal was over we perused the fine selection of British goods that they also stock, and picked up a free issue of The British Canadian.

Spitfire Kitchen sells frozen food to take home such as pies, mac and cheese and desserts too.

All in all, some slight improvements to be made but a solid Brits in Toronto 3/5 stars. Dinner will be saved for a return visit …

Spitfire Kitchen is now open!

Woof woof. Woof. Woooffff. Woof woof woof. Woof.

Woof woof. Woof. Woooffff. Woof woof woof. Woof.

From the Brits that brought you The Feisty Jack, we have word that their restaurant — Spitfire Kitchen — is now open for business.

From their Facebook group:

Spitfire Kitchen is now open. As of now we will be open from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. we are located at 132 Sixth Street which is Lakeshore and Islington (South Etobicoke or West Toronto, depending on who you ask…)

What is it? It’s a bit of everything; we have a massive selection of imported British imports, but not the fake stuff, real imported goods. God bless the Cadbury factory in Toronto … but if you’re a Brit you know it’s not the same — all of our imports are actually imported.

As well, we have a big selection of frozen ready-made meals for you to take home, no fillers, no chemicals, real food. Shepherd’s Pie, meat pies, sausage rolls, fruit pies, etc.

We also have a great selection of homemade jams and preservatives. Further to that we have a full coffee bar, espresso, flavored coffees and a massive tea selection that you can enjoy with a great table. If the weather is nice we have our outside patio and we are fully Wi-Fi and media-enabled.

On Saturday and Sunday we’ll be doing brunch from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

We hope you will come by and check it out!

Totally biased product review by me — The Feisty Jack British food truck

Canadian customers shuffle around nervously polishing up their Cockney before ordering

Canadian customers shuffle around, nervously polishing up their Cockney before ordering

My mate told me about The Feisty Jack British food truck, and I just had to check it out for a review.

At lunchtime on Friday, I left the Brits in Toronto HQ, strolled two blocks south, a couple of blocks west, crossed the traffic lights, ran across a busy road … and there it was, like a red, white and blue beacon, at the corner of Simcoe Street and Wellington Street West (check where they’ll be on Food Trucks Toronto first).

There were only about four people in the queue, so I didn’t have to wait long before ordering. I went for the English sausage poutine, on Yukon Gold fries, Mozzarella cheese and onion gravy ($9).

A hearty portion of English sausage, Yukon Gold fries, Mozzarella cheese and onion gravy, with a plastic fork for scale

A hearty portion of English sausage, Yukon Gold fries, Mozzarella cheese and onion gravy, with a plastic fork for scale and framed thoughtfully by a grate

The portion size was definitely filling enough for lunch and came in one of those boxes that stops the grease from leaking out over your jeans. Nice touch!

The food quality? Excellent! The sausage had a nice meaty tang to it, backed up nicely by the well-sized fries. The cheese melted perfectly over the top, all complemented by the rich onion gravy. It was the perfect, comforting lunch for a chilly, grey Toronto day.

One small criticism: I checked the street food menu on their website and was excited to try the TFJ Chicken Tikka Box … but found out that they only choose certain items to sell from the truck on any one day. So you are limited to what is on the menu that day.

I can live with that. It means I have an excuse to go back every Friday now to work my way through the menu!

Overall, very nice and I give it the first Brits in Toronto 5/5 stars. Well done!