Cheap Eat of the Week: one of the many eclectic offerings from Fuel House’s new snack menu
By Gizelle Lau
Bacon-wrapped jalapeño peppers stuffed with goat cheese (all images by Gizelle Lau)
Back in November, we went to check out Fuel House to see what it was all about. It had just opened, so owners Mike Dolegowski and Mackenzie Chiu (of catering company M3 Foods) were keeping things simple — not to mention trendy — with a small menu of soups, salads and sandwiches like the pork belly banh mi ($7.50) or the pulled turkey ($7.50).
Since then, Fuel House has become a warm, casual neighbourhood pub venturing into (dare I say it) “gastropub” territory with a menu that’s much more varied than the typical bangers ‘n’ mash. On many nights, you’ll find young and old alike clinking pints of Sapporo or Beau’s Lug-Tread, the two beers on tap.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Fuel House launched a new snack menu. Available after 5 p.m., the menu offers around a dozen small dish items, most of them under $10. There’s pub fare like deep fried pickles ($4) or lamb kidneys on toast ($6.50). Then there’s an ode to pork: the totally unapologetic pork belly confit cubes ($5), along with bacon-wrapped jalapeño peppers stuffed with honey goat cheese ($3/each). If you’re feeling fancy, there’s also a house-made pâté plate, complete with assorted pickles ($6).
And to suit your pint of Sapporo, there’s fried calamari ($7.50) or fried quail with a sweet and spicy mustard sauce ($8).
Fuel House, 53 Clinton St., 416-846-4217