Restaurant: 120 Diner
Location: 120 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2G8
Price Range: $$
A few weeks ago I was invited to 120 Diner – which is related to Club 120 and owned by Mandy Goodhandy and Todd Klinck. The restaurant will have been open for 2 years as of August and they have live music and comedy every night, and you can check out the performance calendar on their site.
We were treated to a performance by Jasserene, a new duets project with vocalist Brynn Leger and vocalist/pianist Ben D’Cunha. This was my first time watching a live music performance in a restaurant and I must say, it was incredibly fun!
While browsing the menu, I was impressed with the wide selection – even for vegetarian – so there is definitely something for everyone here.
To start off the meal, we ordered the coconut shrimp served with a side of spicy chilli mayo. I found the coconut crust to be a bit too thick and the chilli in the mayo was undetectable. Otherwise the shrimps were sweet and juicy, while the coconut crust was crispy without being greasy.
While the baguette was soft and cheesy with the slightly melted parmesan, perhaps some prosciutto would have been nice for a bit of a crunchy texture.
The turkey patty was dry and I actually informed the owner about it, however he didn’t seem happy when he heard about it.. The sauce didn’t have that distinct cranberry flavor that I expected either and overall I wasn’t too happy with the dish.
The ravioli were rubbery with a grainy cheese filling, and I found the marinara sauce to be underwhelming.
Unlike the slider, the beef patty was perfectly medium rare and blue cheese wasn’t as overpowering as I would have thought.
Overall I thought the atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant were quite nice, especially with the live performance. It is definitely not for everyone especially the younger generations as the crowds here were quite old. Despite trying our best to whisper, the surrounding tables actually got annoyed at us so we resorted to texting each other instead haha. The food was a hit or miss, but I thought it was better than what the average diner in Toronto offers.
Disclaimer: While the food was provided by 120 Diner, I am not obliged to publish a review on the business. All opinions/thoughts are my own. For more information about my review policy, please click here.