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Beer Bistro - A review.

pancake Nov 6, 2006 09:52 PM

So it was decided. Went to Beer Bistro. Party of four. Saturday night. 9pm.
The Appetizers were amazing
- Frites - delicious. The homemade ketchup was great - the waitress said they will be selling it in bottles soon!
- Baked mussels (with garlic, gouda and butter) with sourdough bread on the side were soooooo good.
- Falaffel truffle balls - nothing out of the ordinary.
- Steak tartare - perfect.

The mains were not as successful as the sides, but all in all were pretty decent. We were stuffed by the time they came:
- mussels with bacon - tasty and large portion!!
- knuckle of berkshire pork with roasted potatoes - the pork was on the dry side, but the crackling was great and the fatty parts made it decent.
- cherry duck - two people ordered this and agreed it was overcooked. The filo pastry on the side was good too.

The atmosphere was great - jazz band and relaxed atmosphere. The staff were great as well and accomodated us as our party grew later in the night. . . . After dinner, we were able to stay and drink without feeling rushed out. . . . It was the perfect birthday night.

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    claire de lunacy RE: pancake Nov 6, 2006 09:56 PM

    Thanks for the review. My husband loves beer, and we are planning a trip to Toronto to visit this place.

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      julesrules RE: claire de lunacy Nov 7, 2006 01:19 PM

      May I suggest you also check out Smokeless Joe's? They have a great beer selection too, and their mussels in Blanche de Chambly (Quebec wheat beer) are great.

      http://www.bartowel.com/regions/pubs/...

      Also be sure to do some research on the local beers that are available on tap at many independent pubs: Mill Street, Creemore, Black Oak, there are many.

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        pinstripeprincess RE: julesrules Nov 7, 2006 01:24 PM

        i find smokeless joe's, while great, one of the most expensive places to pick up a beer. they're easily a couple dollars over some of the other great beer bars in toronto.

        caffe volo is a fantastic option (minus the food from what i hear) and if you ask they'll do a beer tasting for you.

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          SnoShoe RE: julesrules Nov 7, 2006 04:43 PM

          Smokelss Joes, though VERY good in selection, the hours are ridiculous. It never seems to be open when I go. Friday afternoon at 4:00...NOT OPEN?

          No hours on the door, and not listed in the phone directory.

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            pinstripeprincess RE: SnoShoe Nov 7, 2006 05:05 PM

            the only time i've been there was friday sometime around 6pm and they were most definitely open. i did however notice that the crowd seemed to be very "afterwork" at the time as it quickly cleared out for a bit at 7pm and resumed to fill up again afterwards.

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              lister RE: SnoShoe Nov 7, 2006 06:25 PM

              Smokeless opens usually between 4:30-5:00pm.

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          justin_case RE: pancake Nov 7, 2006 03:07 AM

          I was also at Beer Bistro Saturday night. It was my first time there and I was very impressed. The atmosphere was great, from a group at the bar watching the Leafs to a live Jazz band it felt right.

          We had the fondue to start and it was good although I wish I had asked for apple as I saw in another post. The mains were good but nothing spectacular. I liked the option to sample 3 draughts for $6.

          The service was good and the prices were quite reasonable for a nice place. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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            Alektoronto RE: pancake Nov 7, 2006 03:21 AM

            I have been here after work a few times for beers and aps - agree with most of above but will say it is best to stick with non ambitious stuff. Tasty and not too pricy. I must say though that the Beer Sangria still gives me nightmares! Nasty.

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              The Macallan 18 RE: pancake Nov 7, 2006 05:56 AM

              Great spot...always good times had by all:)

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