Located in a beautiful brick house in Mirvish Village, Southern Accent serves up Creole cuisine and classic cocktails. My mom and I were attending a talk at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and stopped in here for a quick dinner. We sat on their large, lovely patio which was covered in lights, hanging plants and vines.
Being in a southern restaurant, I had to start with a bourbon sour.
We were there while appetizers (or Beginnings and Socials) were half off, so we went a little overboard and ordered a few things. Their pickled okra was amazing, garlicky and just a little spicy. I may have even gone out an bought mason jars after this so I could make pickled okra at home.
Fried calamari was served with a ginger remoulade and blackened tomato coulis. I thought this was a great idea – no need to choose between a spicy tomato cocktail sauce and something more creamy, they mixed really well together. The calamari itself was crisp and cooked well.
The whole baked bulb of garlic was also great. The garlic was smothered in herbs and served with a few accoutrements. The garlic was delicious and the bulb we got was huge, so the cheese and peppers had to be spread quite thin if we wanted to eat them together.
The bread was alright, nothing too special, but it was served with a really tasty hummus instead of butter. Combining them with the roasted garlic was great.
My mom got the Bourbon Street Chicken – blackened chicken breast with lemon butter, garlic mashed potatoes and bok choy. She enjoyed the dish, though found the chicken a bit on the dry side. The bok choy was excellent.
I got the Dauphine Street Cracker Catfish. The catfish was crusted with crackers and spice, laid over a bed of rice pilaf and a jalapeno tarter sauce. It also came with collards. The coating on the catfish was sublime, it formed a thick, delicious crust. The tartar sauce provided a perfect balance. I’m not a huge fan of collard greens (I probably should have asked for a substitution) but the catfish was just great.
Sadly we didn’t have time (or room) for dessert. I really enjoyed the experience at Southern Accent. The servers were friendly, chatty (but not too chatty) and attentive. All the dishes I had were great and I’d definitely go back.