The Wallflower is a relaxed neighbourhood place boasting options for omnivores, vegans, vegetarians and gluten-freeaters - truly something for everyone.
stopped in for dinner on sunday and ordered the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and veg, while my dining companion ordered the meatloaf wellington (also with mash and veg).
The fried chicken was very good (if a somewhat modest portion), the veggies were done just right (al dente, if its possible to apply that term to vegetables), but I though the mash potatoes were a little damp (they appear to be using red potatoes to make it.... while theres nothing wrong with that, I like my mash potatoes on the fluffy side).
The meatloaf was excellent, great taste, with that flaky puff pastry crust.
The server (and the room) were very casual, and friendly.
The Wallflower is quite a unique restaurant because it has such an artsy, hip look. The little details make the place fun (coffee is served in random mugs). They also play very good music (it is LOUD, but to be expected from the dark look of the restaurant). As for the food, it is a delight. The pesto chicken wrap with fries was absolutely tasty and not greasy. The spinach salad was also highly enjoyable; it came with yummy goat cheese and tofu.
I am not vegan but it was a nice surprise to see so many vegan dishes on the menu, so if you are vegan, this is definitely the place to come to. One thing you should take a note of is that they only accept cash or credit, not debit. Kind of weird.
Came here for dinner tonite with my friend. Heard good things about it and always wanted to try it. My friend had the meatloaf wellington and I had the turkey dinner. The food was nothing fancy but just done right. Good, simple food done properly. The server was very nice and attentive. The place (the old aurora spot) is quite cosy, I think they put in more tables in and a bigger bar. Overall it was a good dining experience and I'm sure I'll be back.
Food: Good selection overall, veggie/vegan friendly. Had a great sandwich, but the French fries were tough and overdone.
Service: Friendly, but on the slow side. After waiting about 20 minutes for a table (which was fine), we waited at least another 15 minutes for menus and our orders to be taken.
Value: $2.50 for drip coffee? Really?
Ambiance: Main Street hipster to the max. Eclectic collection of mugs! There were some temperature control problems when we were there (really cold).
Overall, an okay experience, but probably not a place I will go back to.
I wanted a good comfort food kind of restaurant, and Wallflower delivered. From the time you walk in, the bartender-also waiter- warmly welcomed us in. The restaurant has a good unpretentious ambiance about it. The drink special was a spicy Caesar and it seemed like a lot (came in a tall skinny glass) and was only around $4 (i think) we couldn't resist, and and the daily special was only $10, it was a pulled pork sandwich and some other yummy sounding wrap dish. I had a apple-crab cake meal, and it was large and pretty filling w/a salad, in fact i had to take the leftovers home. (only $12) and beautifully presented. My friend had a huge perogy dinner (also only $12)She said she enjoyed it also and she couldn't finish it either. Despite being what seemed like the only wait staff there, the waiter made sure we were well attended to and he was very genuine, laid back and friendly with all our requests and questions. And his memory and attention to our detailed needs was good, if not better than some fine dining places. The atmosphere was very cozy, and warm, and it was just a great hang out place to bring your friends. I would definitely return. Exceeds my expectations for a "Modern Diner" and it rarely gets better than this...
A friend and I decided to drop in on a sunny Friday evening. We both ordered pints of beer and burger plates. The beer was cold and good and the burgers were average. The waitress mentioned that the patties were hand-pressed and fresh, but it was hard to tell for sure because they were squeezed in one of those devices to make it perfectly round. The burgers were unremarkable and not going to win any prizes, so I guess you could call that a strong average. The fries were a bit disappointing as they seemed to be those standard frozen fries a lot of places use. Portion was good though!
The service was casual and friendly, but efficient. It was appropriate for this kind of restaurant in this neighbourhood. So much more genuine than the overly bubbly fake style in the chain restaurants. Our waitress had the right amount of attentiveness so that we never had to go looking for her, but didn't feel like we were being pressured.
I think it was about $18 or $20 after tax and tip for the burger and beer, so I won't complain about that. Fair balance of price and volume and quality.
The room was nicely decorated in a homey kind of way with good music. There were a lot of people coming in, some with kids, some in small groups. It seemed like a popular neighbourhood place and many people seemed like regulars, always a good sign.
Worth a try if you're looking for a change from the uniformity of the big chains.
I had heard decent things about Wallflower and really wanted to like it, I think the concept is good.
I had mushroom soup - it was a thick (like paste) salty soup. It had a thick skin on it when it was served and was lukewarm, and was essentially a roux base, it tasted like alfredo sauce with mushroom.
The vegetarian stirfry was like candy, far too sweet and unbalanced. The veggies and noodles didn't go together at all and had to add salt to the plate, I've never had to add seasoning to stirfry in a restaurant.
The fish and chips were ok, the chips do not taste homemade, weren't crispy, the fish was ok - heavy on the oil, but ok.
The tomato bocconcini salad was a very small portion, the cheese was rubbery, the tomatoes were flavourless and whatever the dressing was, I can't remember, was not tasty. I had to add salt to the salad.
Our server was good, friendly and nice. Apologetic at the end of the meal when I complained about my food. Wine was really well priced and tasty.
Overall I expected more and might give it another chance in a few months once they have a chance to get things running better.
Maybe they should stick to the classic comforts foods, skip the extras (stirfry, tom/boccon) and just do the classics well (better french fries!!). Seasoning the dishes is a basic, taste for salt!!
We went for brunch to Wallflower again today & we loved everything about it, from being very warmly greeted by one of the two cute servers as soon as we got inside & told to sit wherever we wanted...at 10:30am we had a good choice of almost anywhere to sit.
Both servers are super cute, very knowledgeable about the gluten free menu, friendly, and keep us coming back for more.
The one SERIOUS downside...they don't have an espresso machine, but hey we have an awesome stove top espresso machine at home, so we just make sure to have a yummy coffee before we go to Wallflower.
Thanks for literally being right around the corner from where we live!!!
Hadn't been in over a year. Lunch was SO bad it will be another year I'm sure.Thought I'd play it safe and easy with the spicy crispy chicken wrap. It was 98% chopped romaine and some tiny pathetic chunks of soggy - ice cold chicken. It was literally a single chicken finger out of the fridge. the coating was wet and had turned white from condensation. the wrap hadn't been warmed or grilled. how anyone can screw up a chicken wrap is beyond me. i told the server it was terrible. she said nothing and took it away while my date kept eating. no apology, no offer to fix or replace with something else. the bill came later and the server mumbled that she took off the wrap. thanks... I think?
My husband (vegan) and I (not so vegan) have been out to Wallflower several times now. It is very quickly becoming one of our favorite weekend hangouts. Why? Well, the food is decent. Not outstanding, but good comfort food. The prices are fine, and the service fine too. What really does it for me is that The Wallflower caters to vegetarians (and gluten-free eaters) with a fair number of menu options. It's also good for non-vegetarians and doesn't feel hippy, preachy (come join our buddist cult!), have atrocious service, or blast hiphop music at volume at which no sentient person can carry on a conversation (you know who you are!). The wallflower has a great atmosphere, kind of a casual wood-panelled main hipster/artsy vib. Their vegan menu has great selection (my husband loves the daiya mac and cheese as well as the thunder fries). It's more pub/diner food than gourmet, but if that's what you're in the mood for, then the Wallflower is a good choice.
My wife & I have popped in about 5 or 6 times in the last year, and a few impressions remain.
It's open late & they're happy to have you - I'm sick of getting rushed service in this city because the wait staff want to go home. You won't get that here - they'll happily greet, feed & water you with no sense of rush.
Secondly, the atmosphere is good - low lighting, candles on the table, no awkward silence. Original artwork on the walls - they support local artists by showcasing their work.
Thirdly, service needs some serious attention. We once waited half an hour (no joke) to have our order taken...with the owner at the bar (yikes!). Another time, BOTH our orders were wrong. A third time our beers were sadly left empty for the duration of our meal until we finally asked for the bill at the bar and left.
Fourthly, please please get your menu sussed. It's a hodgepodged collection of multinational fare housing no rhyme or reason. From perogies to curry to burgers to quesadillas - what kind of restaurant ARE you? Pick a cuisine & own it..keep it fresh.
It's a good space with good hours...I'm hopeful to visit in a couple of months & see more from it.
This great little modern diner was a very pleasant surprise. Good burgers and a nice selection of vegetarian food. The place has a funky feel to it with changing art expositions. Each time were there the place was quite busy and only one waitress served the whole place. The two waitresses that I have seen there always did super well, they were very attentive and quick. I very much recommend their cocktails and mushroom bruscetta...as well as almost all the vegetarian options.
Go to The Wallflower when you're hungry, don't want to cook, and just want "something". You will not find a great dining experience here, just middle-of-the-road, plain old food. I don't mean that as an insult: I feel like this kind of food more than once a month.
Their menu is all over the board & globe. From perogies (not homemade), to sandwiches, meatloaf wellington, tofu stirfry, and chicken fingers. It's the joint that does the "jack of all trades, master of none" approach to cuisine. However, the prices are descent: blue plate meals from $10.
Service late at night is great - attentive, chatty, accommodating. They seem to appreciate you being there (as opposed to their 'hipster' neighbour the Foundation) and don't rush you out past closing.
Warning: to avoid nostalgia, do not go in anticipating the Aurora room, it's very different, and not nearly as classy. Just different.
You know, I think I'll go back when I don't know what I really feel like eating.
We came here on Wednesday for a quick spot of lunch. We were very surprised by the menu which does a modern take on old favourites.
I had the blackened halibut, which came with grilled vegetables and salad. The salad, although slightly overdressed, was fresh and light. The grilled vegetables were very tasty. But the blackened halibut was outstanding. It came served with grilled peaches and the fish itself was tender and flaky with lots of delicious cajun spice.
My boyfriend had the portobello burger, which was also very tasty. It came with goats cheese and the combination of the two really worked well.
We will definitely be back here for a cheap and tasty lunchtime meal!
It was busy when we went, and it looked like the server had to run the whole front, but she was as prompt as she could be and super polite! The food was a really good value, we both had omelettes and you can pick your own toppings, like goat cheese, chicken, bacon, ect... I think it was under $10 per plate, so we felt like we scored with really tasty, cheap breakfast. It's simple, just like it should be. We haven't been for lunch or dinner, but will go for sure!
there really is nothing special about the place mini burgers(welcome back to burger king burger bundles of the 80's) its basicly a little Earls with store bought everything from fries to burger patties I wish places would take more pride in serving food that is made in house and not from the back of a Sysco truck , I sure hope they get their kitchen inline so they stand out and not just blend in eith all the other box stores, good luck they will need it if they want to stick around.
Nice highball special.
Great music, with conversational volume levels.
If you had a date and wanted to talk to your date you could hear what they are saying. Also, the lighting here is soft and would make you look good.
Just a mellow spot, that gave me enough of a good feeling that I wanted to share.
ps. they are making me rate the food, but I was just a drinker here, hence the three.
Cool little hangout. Nice atmosphere. Entire staff seems to be on the ball, very quick, knowledgeable outgoing and friendly. Didn't seem overpriced, at least not my meal. Had a burger and fries & glass of vino. The food was not bad with a decent portion. Hope to return someday soon when i'm in the area!
smaller space but great use of it - intimate, cozy, clean
the service was awesome..i can see this place becoming crazy busy during peak times once word spreads about this place..
lots of comfort food choices on the menu like pot pie..maui ribs...pan fried halibut...
this would be a nice choice for a casual date in the evening...
i'm looking forward to trying out the brunch on the weekends..
I don't generally rave about restaurants but I was really happy with my experience at the wallflower. I thought the food was great and they served large portions for the price. Service was fast and friendly and the room felt chill (as in cool not cold). I have heard some mixed things about the place so I thought I would check it out for myself. I am glad I did. I feel bad for the guys- Aurora was a good spot and left big shoes to fill- I think the wallflower may be getting compared to the old place and they are entirley different- I know this because after buying lunch I still have some money left.