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Nov 6, 2006 09:52 PM

Beer Bistro - A review.

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

    5 Replies
    1. re: claire de lunacy

      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.

      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.

      1. re: julesrules

        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.

        1. re: julesrules

          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.

          1. re: SnoShoe

            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.

            1. re: SnoShoe

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

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

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