I had the opportunity to try out the newly opened Noorden Food Bar and sample a variety of delicious modern Dutch food offerings flavored with Indonesian spices.

NoordenNoorden also offers Toronto’s largest selection of gin and the bartender Max, sure knows how to mix it to perfection. This new joint (formerly the Quince) is owned and operated by Mike van den Winkel and Jennifer Gittins, who also run the super popular Little Sister Indonesian Food Bar just down the street.

Noorden’s modern décor has a sleek industrial vibe and is a perfect spot for a light nosh and after work drinks.  Van den Winkel is not only talented in the kitchen, he also custom built the zinc bar with a friend after watching some DIY videos on-line.

The tasting menu included melt-in-your mouth Pork Ribs with Sambal Coben sauce and Cucumber Salad; Patat Oorlog, also known as “War Fries” topped with mayo and peanut sauce; and my personal favorite, the Chicken Liver Toast with pickled onion and chimichurri.

Noorden-2I couldn’t get enough of The Angry Dutchman which is a blend of Bols Genever, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lime juice, toasted coriander and chili water. I also recommend a regular Gin and Tonic as they make the tonic in house and you have 42 varieties of gin to select from.

Located in the Davisville neighborhood at 2110 Yonge Street, it’s just a quick dash from downtown.

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Nicole Fairbairn

Nicole Fairbairn spent most of her adult life in Vancouver but decided to make Toronto her home four years ago and she’s loving every minute of it. She began writing for fun and it’s turned into a great passion. She’s an avid supporter of the arts and enjoys experiencing the many wonderful cultural events this city has to offer. When she’s not writing, Nicole enjoys reading, ice skating, salsa dancing, travelling and hanging out with her cat. Favourite Place in Toronto: Distillery District with its beautifully restored Victorian buildings, great cafes, stunning galleries, hip boutiques and vibrant theatre scene.

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