I was kindly invited to a complimentary tasting by The Commoner Toronto and chose to write a review. As always, all opinions are my own.
A couple of weeks ago Teresa brought me along to The Commoner in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood, and it was one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever visited in Toronto.
In other words, it was very Instagram-worthy, which y’all know is v important these days.
The interior is flooded with large windows and natural lighting, and every piece of furniture is an Instagrammer’s dream.
With its earthy greens, mustard yellows, and rustic browns, it’s the perfect spot for your fall Instagram feed!
Here’s everything we ate and drank at The Commoner here in Toronto.
The Commoner Toronto: Restaurant Review
But first, cocktails
Both Teresa and I are all about the sweet stuff, and each cocktail we had was every bit of sweet and delicious as we’d hoped.
To start off, I got the Honey Smash with Kettle One Vodka, strawberries, raspberries, mint, lemon, and honey.
Teresa got the Sangria with brandy-soaked berries, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and Ontario Merlot.
I later got the Salzburg 75 with Tanquerary Gin, simple syrup, lemon, and Grapefruit Radler, but didn’t get any photos.
It’s all about the appetizers
We decided to share four appetizers and one main course – definitely more than enough food for two petite girls!
First up were the Short Rib Sliders with arugula, house barbecue sauce, and horseradish aiolo on toasted brioche buns.
Man oh man, were these good. A little bit messy, but what else would you expect from these tiny buns of perfection?
We thought the little white ball was an oddly sour pickled lychee, but it was actually pickled onion lol.
The sliders are definitely a 5/5 in my books!
Next up was the Buffalo Cauliflower tossed in Frank’s Red Hot and drizzled with blue cheese.
Y’ALL, THIS WAS EVERYTHING.
I don’t really like to eat my veggies, but I’ll take my cauliflower deep fried and battered any day.
The Dime (another Toronto restaurant) also makes a great Korean BBQ version!
Next we had the Asian Salad with cucumber, carrot, daikon, arugula, Thai chili vinaigrette, fried tofu, and peanuts.
As someone who isn’t the biggest tofu person, I really liked the fried tofu, but the salad itself wasn’t anything particularly unique.
Unless you’re really feeling a salad, I would say to skip this dish.
We then had the Tuna Ceviche with avocado, apple slaw, tostada, cilantro, and jalapeño.
As you’d imagine, it was very difficult to split between two people, but we just cracked the shell into several pieces and manually scooped up the toppings.
Raw fish is always amaze as long as it’s fresh, and The Commoner does the tuna ceviche amazingly.
Also a side note: isn’t it crazy how much your tastebuds change as you age?!
I actually didn’t mind eating the tiny pieces of jalapeño even though I grew up hating it and hating all spicy foods. Yum.
Time for the main course
For our main course, we shared the Ontario New York 12 oz Steak, dry aged 35 days. It was paired with volcano salt, chimichurri, duck fat fries, and smokey street corn.
I thought the volcano salt was just black pepper so I didn’t bother trying any!
We were honestly way too full after all those appetizers, but we toughed it out and ate almost all of our main (we left some of the fries).
Teresa likes her steak done medium well and I like mine medium rare, so we got somewhere in-between, and I wasn’t totally into it.
The flavour was also a little bitter for me, and I’d definitely prefer to order it medium rare next time.
I always thought duck fat fries were something super fancy and interesting, but they’re just fries cooked in duck fat.
No matter how they were cooked, they were delish, especially dipped in the truffle aioli!
The smokey street corn tasted as awesome as it looks – it’s topped with smokey butter, feta cheese, and cilantro.
My only wish is that there was more cheese!
For dessert, we had a yummy and warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream, alongside coffee.
The Commoner Toronto menu: what to order
All in all, I’d say The Commoner is definitely a restaurant I’d come back to.
The food was great, the vibes were great, and the service was great.
We spent 4 hours there taking photos, eating, and talking – it was a wonderful time!
I would definitely say the Ontario New York Steak meal on its own is enough for one person, and at most one appetizer is enough between two people if getting separate mains.
For apps, I’d recommend either the buffalo cauliflower, short rib sliders, or smokey street corn.
The Honey Smash cocktail is a must – you’re going to want at least three of them!
For more information, please visit The Commoner’s website.