O’Finn’s Irish Temper Review

In my last post I talked about how I’ve been eating out a lot lately… and it continues this week! I had plans to meet up with Sam for lunch on Sunday since she was coming down to visit.

You know how I take forever researching restaurant choices and deciding on one? Well I solved that problem on Sunday by just making a list of local restaurants for Sam and making her choose! I hope she didn’t mind. She decided on O’Finn’s Irish Temper (website) in Oakville, which I was really happy with because it was recommended to me by a few cooks I know. I’m usually not much of a pub fan, but this one seemed different. I could tell from the menu that they use quality ingredients and make everything in-house, which impressed me.

O'Finn's Irish Temper Oakville

The inside of O’Finn’s Irish Temper was your typical Irish pub with a dark interior, wooden decor, and even a fireplace. It was cozy!

O'Finn's Irish Temper Oakville

Unlike a normal pub where I usually just beeline to the sandwich section of the menu, there were so many things on O’Finn’s Irish Temper’s menu that appealed to me and I had the hardest time choosing – just ask Sam! What I really wanted was the Shepherd’s Pie made with lamb and topped with a squash and potato topping. But it was 25 degrees and humid out – not exactly comfort food weather. So instead I got the California Club with garlic brined chicken breast, romaine, avocado, tomatoes, and blue cheese mayo on a multigrain wrap.

O'Finn's Irish Temper - California Club

It was good (how can bacon, blue cheese, and avocado not be good, right?), but it didn’t blow me away. It tasted just like a wrap I could have ordered at your average pub, or even something I could have made at home. But based on what I’ve heard about O’Finn’s Irish Temper, I know I would have been more impressed with one of their specialty entrees. Next time I’m definitely getting that Shepherd’s Pie!

Have you ever felt like you ordered the wrong dish at a good restaurant?

What’s your favourite kind of dish to order at pubs?

Note: I eventually went back to O’Finn’s Irish Temper to try the shepherd’s pie – you can read about it in this post.

O'Finns Irish Temper on Urbanspoon


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30 Responses to O’Finn’s Irish Temper Review

  1. all of it looks good! i think your wrap looks so good! and um monday night i ordered a “salad” but it was literally like 5 leaves of arugula and a ball of cheese bigger than my fist – no joke! i ordered it cuz it said it had figs in it… which it did… i just didn’t realize it was actually a salad lol

    • chelseadawneallen@gmail.com

      Haha I hate it when a dish isn’t what I expect it to be! Although, a ball of cheese as big as your first sounds pretty delicious. ;)

  2. Mmm that wrap does sound delicious- I’m also quite impressed with the side salad! Most restaurants tend to skimp and consider wilted leaves as “salad”. One of my all time favourite pub orders is a roast with all the trimmings e.g. roast chicken with gravy, brussels sprouts, mash & yorkshire pudding…mm just the thought of it makes me hungry! Although I should add that I can only eat that meal in the winter when my body is craving comfort food like that! During the hotter months, I usually stick with the fish options :)!

    • chelseadawneallen@gmail.com

      Yeah I was pretty impressed with the side salad!

      That meal you described reminds me of my dad’s roast dinners. So good!

  3. I’ve never actually eaten at a pub, how sad!! I haaate feeling like I ordered the wrong dish. It makes me want to turn around and go back right away! ha

  4. You find the best restaurants!!! I think you should seriously consider being a food critic!

    I actually find pubs have great (and BIG!) salads…then there’s always a burger :)

  5. I’m not a huge fan of cantaloupe but I think I’d like that sugar cube melon if it’s a bit sweeter! Sounds good. Also, I loooove that wooden bowl you used for your copycat quinwow bowl! So pretty.

  6. That is the perfect breakfast! Yum. I am the worst at ordering food at restaurants. I actually prefer when someone orders for me.

  7. Your QuinWow bowl looks stunning – miso gravy is such a good thing, I haven’t made some far too long! Also the O’Finns seams to be worth a visit. I love trying new restaurants.

  8. All your eats look awesome, and the wrap sounds delicious! The last time I went to a pub, I ordered crab cakes. I’m not sure what else I would get though.

  9. that bowl of oats looks delicious!

  10. The oats, the salad the wrap – oh my! yum yum yum!

  11. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had pub food, but between your lunch and Sam’s, I think that’s something I might have to change soon. And how amazing is the GoT series? I swear I would make any excuse I could just to get some more reading time in. Completely obsessed.

    • chelseadawneallen@gmail.com

      I am a ridiculous level of obsessed with it. I’m going to be so sad when I’m done the 5th book and have to wait until the next one comes out. Or worse, I’m going to be devastated when the series is done!

  12. Haha I was definitely fine with picking the restaurant – you narrowed down some good options! And I think that you will definitely have to make a return trip for that Shepherd’s Pie…it probably would have been better than the wrap, but I agree that it would have felt a tad out of season. Next time! And as per usual, I loved our meetup! <3

  13. Your oatmeal looks particularly delightful :)

  14. Mmm I bet the Shepherds pie would have been amazing, but that wrap doesn’t look bad at all!

  15. you are so right, bacon bleu cheese and avocado has to be the best combo. so jealous you guys got to meet!

  16. Definitely. Ha ha but I hate resturants or pubs that have too much choice. I usually like to get something comforting or something that I couldn’t cook at home! I do like a good chicken burger though when I am eating out :D

  17. Sugar cube melon? Gimme! I hate melons, but I still want to try it. ;) I like to try everything at least once. I love walking to do errands, too. Gotta enjoy the last few days of summer before winter sets in and my life ends. A few weeks ago, I walked about 4km each way JUST to get bananas. Hahaha.

    Nachos are my absolute fav pub food… or sweet potato fries!

  18. Ahh thats one of my biggest frustrations when dining out- second guessing myself then regretting it later! Heck, at least now you’ve got an excuse to go there again for the amazing sounding shepherds pie! Here the pub culture is centralised around chicken parmagianas (not sure if you guys have it) but its a chicken schnitzel, topped with marinara sauce and melted cheese- its infamous in all the pubs here!

  19. There have definitely been times when I have wished I ordered something else. At least you know for the next time (although I don’t usually like going to the same restaurant twice too close together). I went to an irish pub in NY last year and my Dad got the shepherds pie and it was incredible (I had some haha).

  20. Ah! All I can think of after reading this post is how I wish I’d eaten oatmeal for breakfast this morning! LOL. And how much I like your birks — my doc told me to wear only my birks or hiking boots for the next month while my stress fracture heals. Sounds like an excuse to go shopping, no? Remember girl, if you see some new birkenstocks and a bowl of oatmeal popup on my instagram and/or blog, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    • chelseadawneallen@gmail.com

      Birks are awesome! So comfortable once you break them in. The breaking in process can be painful though.

  21. I love Irish Pubs! That looks like one we visited in London last summer. I hate when a feeling hits that makes me not in the mood for what the restaurant in known for because I really feel like I miss the experience there. I like that it kept you full though, because wraps sometimes don’t. We have short walk to the grocery store too. I love it but hate it because it makes it too easy to spend too much money spur of the moment

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