Earlier this year I took in the Downtown Biz Tap in Tour. One of the locations on the tour is Shannon’s Irish Pub and Eatery. Shannon’s is a place I’ve dropped into in the past, and this tour made me think I should visit again.
One dish that I didn’t try on my last couple of visits, but is my favourite, is Shannon’s Irish Stew. It comes with a good mixture of meat, vegetables, and potatoes, and plentiful, rich gravy.
Shannon’s: Downtown, Downstairs
You enter Shannon’s off of Carton street, underneath a rather nondescript office building. I believe it holds government offices of some sort. The room itself is dark but open. It feels more like it should be off of a back alley rather than a glass and steel office tower. The floor plan is open, with a nice little area in the back for parties. The back corner is the area where Downtown Biz holds their Tap in Tours, and is quite cozy.
There is also a stage area as the pub frequently hosts live events. This music is authentic but not necessarily traditional Irish. You can generally catch Bombers games on the big screen. The sound was off when I went which gave the added benefit of not hearing the TSN crew.
My first dinner choice is the pub staple, Curry Chicken. The dish comes on a bed of rice. The vegetables are just crisp. There is a good amount of chicken. I would like there to be a little more of the curry sauce, but on the whole a very good dish.
Next up, another pub classic: Shepherd’s Pie. One of the key things to Shepherd’s Pie is a good potato to filling ratio. Shannon’s does a great job with this. The filling itself is well cooked. The peas and carrots still have a little bit of crispness to them, so there is something to bite into. If you order this come with a healthy appetite. Mine arrived with a side of fries which made this a very filling dish.
The service at Shannon’s is very good. This is particularly true at lunch. I’ve never had a problem getting in or out in a reasonable time. In warm weather there is a street level patio that you can enjoy as well. Definitely take the time to go underground and visit Shannon’s.