Braised – Modern Comfort Food in Leslieville in 2015

By Stephanie Dickison Braised is a new restaurant in Leslieville that specializes in modern comfort food. This means you still get satisfying fare that will fill you, but without the heavy fats and creamy sauces. Owner Sam Scanga of Lolita’s Lust created a menu of items he wanted to eat - fun dishes that won’t leave you with the afternoon dozies. Starters include a Braised Kale & Goat Cheese Tart ($10) served with fresh greens - a modern interpretation of spanikopita – and Crispy Pork Cheeks ($8) pictured above, braised in Cameron’s Brewery beer and served with tartar sauce and raspberry coulis to keep it fresh and light. Should you want something a little heartier, the Short Rib Poutine ($16/$25) ought to do it, with braised short rib, jus, frites, peppercorn and cheddar. The menu has been expanded to include seafood (squid, shrimp and Mahi Mahi) and vegetarian items such as Southern Fried Tofu ($10) and Roasted Beet Salad with olives and crispy kale ($9/$12).  A la carte sides have been removed so now dishes are complete meals, and new mains have been added such as the Grilled NY Striploin AAA, 9 oz. from Alberta ($28). Selections such as braised and grilled Lamb Shoulder ($21), served with kale and roasted potatoes and Osso Bucco ($27) with red wine, tomato reduction, kale, potatoes and gremolata are perfect winter dishes, but so is the Ocean Wise Certified Sauteed Feta Shrimp ($25) with white wine, a little cream, lemon and feta, wilted kale and quinoa. It’s comfort food made for today’s palates – and waistlines. By no means is this health food, but with many dishes come with grilled rapini, kale or quinoa - all superfoods that experts urge you to pack into your already crammed diet. Why not have it while you’re out for dinner? Whether you come with the family, for a party or date night, Braised offers fantastic food that our bodies are screaming out for during the cold winter months. Just without the heavy, creamy, high fat sauces. For an look at the stunning interior, check out The Reveal. And head to our Facebook page for a closer look at the food. Braised is open for lunch, dinner and brunch and offers no corkage BYOB on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

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