I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving weekend! I was fortunate to be able to get together with my mom, sister and brother-in-law to celebrate Thanksgiving at Taylors Landing at Shops at Don Mills. We booked lunch for Thanksgiving Monday and were surprised that the restaurant wasn’t busier, but we realized that the stores at this Toronto outdoor shopping mall were closed because it was a statutory holiday.
One thing I enjoy about the restaurants at Shops at Don Mills is they are generally more spacious than restaurants in downtown Toronto. As a result, dining is more pleasurable since you aren’t sitting right beside your neighbour.
The decor at Taylors Landing is decidedly industrial, but the space is warmed by the addition of chocolate brown and mustard leather banquettes, faux brick wall coverings, dark wood trim and floorboards and an eye-catching light fixture.
We were quickly seated at a comfy leather booth facing two large TV screens so that my brother-in-law could watch football or golf! Our friendly server greeted us and took our drinks order. We all ordered water except my mother, who requested a glass of Pinot Grigio.
This is the first time I had been to Taylors Landing so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the quality of food since it’s part of a small chain of restaurants in Toronto and the GTA. I have to admit I liked the varied menu and there were a lot of healthy options available.
Having said that, I was craving beef so I ordered a Landing Burger, $18.75 (a hamburger with cheddar cheese, pickle, mixed greens and tomato) although I asked them to omit the cheese. The Landing Burger comes with fries, but I upgraded the fries to a Landing Salad for an extra $2 so I didn’t feel so guilty about ordering a hamburger.
Our server told me that the Landing Salad was a typical mixed green salad, but it turned out to be much more than that. It does contain mixed greens, but it also has sliced apple, chopped walnut, spiced sunflower seeds, grapes and cheddar cheese. The dressing pulled all of these flavours together beautifully.
My burger was juicy and delicious and really hit the spot. It was fairly large, but I polished it off because I was hangry!
My sister was more virtuous and ordered a healthier option: the Togarashi Power Bowl, $18.75, which includes crispy tofu, red rice, quinoa, avocado, edamame, radish, carrots, cucumber, cabbage, pineapple and sriracha emulsion. She really enjoyed the power bowl – all of the vegetables were fresh and the rice was cooked perfectly – and liked that the tofu arrived warm.
@loribosworth We visited Taylor’s Landing at Shops at Don Mills in Toronto on Oct. 10, 2022. The Food was delicious and the service was friendly and efficient. #taylorslanding #shopsatdonmills #torontorestaurants #tofood #tofoodies #torontofoodie #torontofood #torontolife #torontostyle #imalwayseating #nomnomnomnom #getinmybelly #yummyfoodliver #torontoblogger #yyzblogger #isitdinnertimeyet ♬ Delicious Food – Mdstocksound
My brother-in-law ordered the Turkey Burger, $17.75, which was made with ground turkey, apple, and dijon and served with tomato, feta cheese, red cabbage slaw and chipotle aioli. He loved the burger! Period!
My mother ordered the Naan Chicken Club, $17.75, a marinated chicken breast with bacon, tomato, cucumber, arugula, raita with Blue Agave vinaigrette served on naan bread. The chicken club came with fries. She enjoyed her club sandwich and found the chicken particularly flavourful. The naan bread, which was soft as opposed to crisp, was a bit too filling. Her fries arrived warm – four stars for that! – although she would have preferred them to be crispier.
My mother and sister felt like something sweet to top of their meal so they ordered the Peanut Crumble Chocolate Mousse, $7, to share. The delicious dessert features a chocolate mousse with a base of blueberry compote topped with a peanut & brown butter crumble. They both loved the contrast of textures between the crunchy topping and the silky smooth chocolate. The blueberry base was a gustatory surprise!
We were all impressed with the quality of food at Taylors Landing and would definitely return!
Taylors Landing is located at 10 O’Neill Road, Shops at Don Mills, 647-943-6318
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