Cheap Eat of the Week: The Bristol Yard’s banoffee pie
By Gizelle Lau
Dessert, British-style (Image: Gizelle Lau)
Earlier this spring, The Bristol Yard opened as one of several British-inspired restaurants to join the city’s dining scene around the same time. From Sunday roast dinners to homemade, handmade pies to trivia nights, The Bristol Yard has quickly become a popular neighbourhood joint for locals and downtowners looking for a hearty plate of mushy peas and the like.
In keeping with its ode to British food, the dessert menu offers a sticky toffee pudding ($5) as well as our pick for this week, a banoffee pie ($5), which is a far cry from the stuff you find in Toronto cake shops and cafés.
Co-owner and chef Davy Love’s recipe starts with imported Hobnobs biscuits (McVittie’s brand) that are ground until fine. The bowls are given a healthy layer of biscuit for the base, then they’re covered with a layer of sliced bananas and house-made, boiled, condensed milk toffee; another layer of sliced banana is added, and then, to finish: freshly whipped cream, another slice or two of banana and a dusting of shaved dark chocolate.
Don’t forget to lick the spoon.
The Bristol Yard, 146 Christie St., 647-716-6583
Gizelle Lau is a food/travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.