Friday, 22 February 2013

The Sovereign Room - Thunder Bay

January 24, 2013
Another coworker dining recommendation was The Sovereign Room in the Port Arthur area of Thunder Bay:
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They're only open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays and they post their lunch specials on Facebook.

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House Porketta Sandwich with Arugula, Lemon, Tomato Aioli $12 
I also got a cup of the daily soup of roasted tomato, basil and cream.
The soup was a thick tomato soup heavily flavoured with basil - it was a very strong soup.
I thought the porketta sandwich might be similar to a porchetta sandwich with chunks of pork flavoured with rosemary and spices. Instead, it was thinly sliced roasted pork - which was still really good - topped with arugula and some amazing aioli sauce. The bun was also toasted and buttered with a deliciously crispy outside. 

Overall: Delicious food! It has a nice pub feel to it and I can picture it turning into a popular local hang-out at night since it's so close to Lakehead's campus. I have been pretty impressed by Thunder Bay restaurants (even if some of them are on the pricey side) - the downside is probably the slow service though. 

February 22, 2013
The Sovereign Room was super packed at lunch time on Friday. It also probably didn't help that they only had 2 servers and a bartender. It took forever to get our meal:
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Poutine with Thunder Oak Cheese Curds, Tomato and Basil Gravy.
I didn't really taste the tomato or basil part of the gravy - but it was pretty thick and hearty. I really liked the Thunder Oak Cheese Curds - way to keep it local!
The fries were pretty good - crispy and delicious with the cheese and gravy.

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Sheppard's pie with potato, turnip and lamb
It was really pretty with all the whipped potatoes on top and it was fun digging underneath for the turnips and minced lamb. It was tasty and hot (clearly fresh from the oven). Yum!

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