The Firkin chain (including the “fox & firkin” the “fiddle & firkin”, etc.) has enjoyed much success in the GTA, with one of the most notable pub locations being steps away from the St. Lawrence Market in the historic Flatiron building.
The Flatiron & Firkin is a reasonable facsimile of a British pub – soccer gear is tacked to the walls (alongside hockey memorabilia), loud euro-trash bands blare from the speakers, but they do know how to poor a pint.
I ordered a Strongbow cider, which was served nice and fresh (noticeable by the tons of tiny champagne-like bubbles). I didn’t realize this pint was $6.74 (plus tax) at the time… Yikes!
The high prices didn’t end there… Food was also pricey with a burger & fries running at $12.50. Chris really liked his big Swiss Mushroom Burger, and commented that the bun especially was well toasted. I thought the idea of getting a few onion rings on top of your fries helped cover two bases while not getting stuck with a big pile of onions to eat on your own.
I broke the bank on the Halibut and Chips, being skillfully upsold by our waiter from the cheaper cod version of fish & chips. I found the portion size of fish to be very good, holding true at 6 oz, but would have preferred a bit of coleslaw or other greenery to offset some of my fries.
Food was decent, service was cheery and good too, but I am just a little shocked at the price! I didn’t think our quick pub lunch was going to really be nearly $40 – and while I am greatly appreciative of Chris picking up the cheque, I really don’t think that the food (and even the location) was worth the price paid.