Fox and Fiddle on John | Review | Toronto, Ontario

Went to Fox On John on Friday after work to check out their patio since it was a nice day out.

I really liked the patio as it was spacious and is along the street with less cars passing by.

Beer pitchers are reasonably priced. A pitcher of Belgian Moon is $20, which is about 4 pints. So it’s pretty reasonable for downtown.

Their calamari ($13) was good. They use the big round squid, which normally I don’t like as much compared to the smaller rings, but they were good here. It still had the squid flavour and the breading was also good.

AVOID the Brisket Sliders ($13). You get three small pieces – I know sliders are supposed to be small but the brisket itself was small like just one thin layer per slider. And the WORST part, the brisket didn’t taste like beef brisket. It tasted like Ham to me! So if you want Ham Sliders, go for this dish.

The service was a bit lacking. I went with a friend and had a table for two. There was a couch area that seats 4. And when the people in the couch left, we asked if we can move there because we were expecting another friend to come join us. Instead of saying that it’s unavailable in a nice way, what we got was: “No, this seating is for 4 people” (in a rude way) and then another server who overheard our inquiry as he was passing by adds “Those seats are already taken”. Turns out, the people who sat there was just a group of 3, not 4 as we were rudely informed.

We weren’t happy by this turn of event that when our friend arrived, we just quickly finished our drinks and left. That friend was starving anyway and food was disappointing.

So, I think I’d only come back here for patio and drinks. Even then, only when my usual go-to cheap drinks + patio places are full. Definitely need to plan to pre- or post- eat when coming here since food is not good.

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