New Menu at Black Ox Bistro for 2016
We were invited to get an early peek for a new menu at Black Ox Bistro for 2016. To help us enjoy the experience, we decided to bring along a couple of our Facebook fans through a fun contest. Winners Nameera and Nabeela helped us devour a few of their newest additions.
If you haven’t heard of Black Ox Bistro, they are regarded as Toronto’s First Upscale Steakhouse. Still fairly new to the halal dining scene, they’ve created a good reputation despite a bumpy start. They have rebounded, winning the hearts of many who’ve been searching for a more refined place to dine.
What’s even more impressive is that they are now fully HMA certified and monitored meaning you can dine with complete confidence that everything from the meat, cheeses and even sauces are completely halal. Yes, even the “bacon” is halal — it’s beef bacon!
Their menu has always been very plentiful and diverse with entrees ranging from steaks and pastas to sandwiches plus unique dishes like Beef Wellington. Their new menu still has most of their previous items, but offers even more variety that isn’t readily available as a halal option anywhere else. Here are just a few of the items we had a chance to try:
GENERAL TAO’S PENNE CARBONARA
This seemed a bit strange to me to have creamy base pasta with tangy Asian flavours, but I was really surprised at how well the flavours played together. The acidity of the General Tao chicken cut through the cream sauce nicely without overpowering. The dish left us wanting more!
VEGGIE DEEP-DISH PIZZA
I’m glad they were able to bring in another vegetarian option. Presentation was impressive with a personal size pizza sitting in a skillet. The toppings were plentiful and fresh. Sauce was a good balance of tart and fragrant but I was hoping for a more substantial crust, which would help hold the entire thing together.
DEEP-FRIED CHICKEN & WAFFLES
This was my first time trying chicken and waffles but our guests Nameera and Nabeela are seasoned foodies and have made this dish at home so we relied on their input. We all loved this item and thought it was one of the best new additions. Nameera and Nabeela did express they would have liked some maple syrup on the side to go along with the creative maple butter the dish was served with, but overall, they would recommend this dish the most.
BLACK OX JUICY LUCY
A Juicy Lucy is a cheese stuffed burger patty — but Black Ox Bistro doesn’t just use any cheese, it’s chili-infused mozzarella. Then they add in a layer of bacon and potato croquette, plus tomato and arugula all sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun. We enjoyed the burger and even though Nameera said she’s not a fan of potato she did enjoy it in the burger.
Handmade tortilla shells, fresh guacamole, pickled red cabbage and onions, fresh cilantro and lime. You then choose your preferred protein: fried tilapia, slow-braised lamb shoulder or chipotle chicken (we got one of each). I personally loved the slow-braised lamb but fried tilapia was a close second. They had a great and unexpected kick of spice, which was totally satisfying and very authentic. Only issue was things got a bit sloppy as the sauce seeped through the tortilla, making them a bit delicate.
Overall, these are great additions to the menu. Hope you get to check them out soon. It would be a great place during the holidays to make dinner plans with friends or family for a night out to celebrate something special.
Also, we were impressed to hear that Black Ox Bistro’s catering has also taken off this fall. Many businesses and individuals are having their holiday parties and family get-togethers catered by Black Ox. Something people may want to consider when they’re hosting their next party.
Black Ox is located at 1780 Markham Road (Markham & Sheppard), Just south of Islamic Foundation Masjid in the Shopper’s Drug Mart Plaza.