Braised Restaurant & Bar
By YP Contributor

Savour the Flavour

For a dining experience you’ll want to savour, visit Braised. A feast for the senses, this open and airy Queen Street gem focuses on modern comfort food and features a pedestrian menu of mostly slow-roasted, braised dishes along with sandwiches, salads and fries. The Cameron’s Brewery beer-braised crispy pork cheeks are to die for; the art on the brick interior walls, courtesy of MJG Gallery, is stunning; and the best seat in the house is, well, everywhere.

“The cooking style is slow roasted cooking,” explains owner Sam Scanga, who opened Braised on Queen Street East in 2014. Of course, roasting is a cooking style that’s been around forever. Sam has simply decided to turn the oven up a notch.

Even if I won the lottery I would still be doing what I'm doing. - Sam Scanga, owner
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Double Income, No Kids

The population in Leslieville is exploding. Sam noticed what was happening in the  area and wanted to be part of its growth. “It’s a new, up-and-coming hipster area,” he says, adding that the young professionals and double-income diners of and around Leslieville seem to have a refined culinary sense. “They know what they want and they have no problem expressing it.” Beyond great food, Sam strives to deliver consistency.

If you order the short rib bolognaise (with penne, crushed chilies and tomatoes) today and love it, you can expect the dish will taste exactly the same for as long as it's on the menu. Braised is open seven nights for dinner starting at 5pm and is open on weekends for brunch and lunch. Braised is open for weekday lunches during the spring, summer and fall. The service is always friendly and professional, and you can count on a warm and inviting welcome, whether you’re travelling solo and just in for a drink at the bar or arriving a with a large party ready to order every item on the menu.

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BYOW and Your Appetite

Braised is a great dining destination for casual business meetings and intimate occasions; private parties and cocktail receptions are welcome, too. Depending on the evening, you can enjoy the restaurant’s Bring Your Own Wine program with no corkage fee. Takeout is also available and guests wishing to come in and have a drink at the bar are more than welcome. Sam says. “I try to create a sort of a relaxed atmosphere.”

If Sam is not at Braised, he’s managing his other restaurant, Lolita’s Lust, on the Danforth. It’s busy and it’s stressful at times and he says he’s grown a few extra grey hairs because of the restaurant business, but he would not change it for the world. “Even if I won the lottery I would still be doing what I’m doing,” he says.

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