New pub fills gap in Davisville

Fresh food, imported beer and great atmosphere are on tap at the Twisted Kilt in Davisville.

The British gastro-pub boasts friendly staff and a chef whose creations are healthy and never frozen.

Owner John Pirathap says he wanted to focus on great food and drink in a location that’s familiar to residents in the neighbourhood.

Occupying the space that was once the Bow and Arrow pub, the Twisted Kilt is a welcome addition to the Yonge and Davisville community.

“When I noticed that the Bow and Arrow was leaving, I saw it as a great business opportunity,” Pirathap says.

Since its recent opening, the Twisted Kilt has enjoyed a booming business, Pirathap says, with guests travelling across the city just to visit their favourite haunt.

“We live at Bloor and Sherbourne,” says one couple, “but we come up here because we like it so much.”

Having been regulars since the days of the Bow and Arrow, the couple keeps coming back for the beer and “excellent food”.

The pub offers unique fare like bison burgers and lamb shanks, but also offers traditional pub favourites and vegetarian options.

What sets them apart from other pubs in the area, Pirathap says, is their weekend brunch and authentic Sunday English roast dinner, where children eat for free.

Chef Paul Benallick, who is also a professor in George Brown College’s culinary arts program, spent 10 years in England and knows his British pub fare, Pirathap says.

“You know it’s good when the chef eats it too,” he says.

With glowing reviews from customers, it’s clear that the Twisted Kilt is more than just a flash in the pan.

“We’ve been quite busy,” Pirathap says. “People really like us.”


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By: Sarah Ryeland
Posted: Jan 6 2010 11:26 am
Filed in: Business
Edition: Toronto
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