I finally dropped by Fuel House (@FuelHouseTO) with Chris one evening when we wanted a casual place to grab a drink and a bite to eat. I had heard great things about the food at Fuel House since it opened and was looking forward to trying it.
Fuel House is located inside a converted house on Clinton Street in Little Italy – right across from Acadia. There’s limited seating inside the restaurant so we were led outside to their charming patio in the back.
Their menu consists of an extensive list of sandwiches and snacks including pork belly confit cubes, bacon wrapped jalapenos and chickpea fritters, to name a few.
If you frequent my blog, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of pickles – in any form. Since Chris is a huge fan too, we had to order the Deep Fried Pickles ($4). They had a nice crisp crust and were juicy in the middle. I just wish it came with some dipping sauce.
The next dish to arrive was the Fish Tacos Two Ways ($12).
The taco on the left consisted of pea sprouts, cucumbers, pickled ginger and wasabi mayo. It was a tasty Asian-inspired fish taco. Chris preferred this version.
The taco on the right consisted of remoulade, pickled onions, lettuce and cilantro. Again, very tasty! Just beware of the mess – it’s really saucy! I preferred this out of the two.
The tacos came with a side slaw which I believe was Dijon-based. It had a very horseradish-y taste which I really enjoyed.
We also ordered the Pork Belly Banh Mi – pork belly confit, pickled veg and cilantro ($7.50). Sure, the price is on the high side compared to the options in Chinatown but it was worth the extra premium! The pork belly was tender, fatty and just melted in my mouth – exactly how pork belly should be. Loved it!
Last up was the Calamari Po’Boy – deep fried calamari, remoulade sauce and pickled onions ($9). Similar to the fish taco with the remoulade, this was an incredibly saucy and messy sandwich. Since it had so much sauce on it, I thought the calamari lost its crunch. Nevertheless, it was still a delicious sandwich.
Overall, I really enjoyed what Fuel House had to offer. If you’re looking for a place in Little Italy to grab a drink and enjoy some great food, give Fuel House a try!
At a glance:
• Casual place to grab a drink and some snacks/sandwiches
• Located on Clinton Street, just north of College
• Limited seating inside but they’ve got a nice patio
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 4 stars
• Atmosphere: 4 stars