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Beer Bistro

Hi guys, one of my friends is a major fan of beer :)
We were thinking of taking him out to Beer Bistro for Brunch on Sunday, has anyone been there, and have any comments about their food and service?
Thanks much!

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  1. was there today, try the buttermilk pancakes, it was ok lots of blueberries. will go there again to try something else.

    1. we're going tonight...we are also huge beer fans :)

      1. Was there last weekend with a party of four. Service was excellent as always!!! We had between us all...the Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Onion and Mushroom Ale Soup, Bistro Salad with Goat Cheese, Grilled Drunken Mushroom Sandwich, Lobster Quesadilla. Everything that we had was really, really good!!! You must order the Belgium Frites as they are the best I have ever had!!! You must also try the Koningshoeven La Trappe Quadrupel beer which is on their draught list...YUM!!!


        Beer Bistro
        18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

        1. Brian Morin is the chef; he's doing an amazing job there. Let them do the food 'n' beer pairing for you during your meal; it's quite a luscious change from wine pairing. Whatever they make is excellent, haven't had a bad meal there yet (and I don't normally like beer, but there, I will drink it!!!)

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          1. re: The Goddess

            I'll second that. The folks at Beerbistro have introduced me to some incredible beer-food pairings that I'd never have thought of.

            As for food and service, both are always top notch in my experience, which is pretty extensive since I live nearby and it's my "go to" place. I've read not-so-favourable service reviews on here but never experienced it myself. Both the servers and the kitchen team always seem to take pleasure in doing a good job.

            My favourite things that are only on the brunch menu are the apple/pear waffles (with porter infused maple syrup) and the bakery basket. The stuff in the basket changes frequently but usually includes delicious little muffins and pound cakes. Lunch items that are included on the brunch menu are also good. I enjoy their burgers and the red pepper-tomato soup, as well as the steak tartar. Then again, there's not a lot on their menu that I don't like. ;)

          2. just a warning, it can get very loud there. As a beer lover myself, I would prefer to go to a good upscale pub with an offering of good brews. As much as I liked the frites at Beer Bistro I never felt comfortable, but that's just me, of course.

            Beer Bistro
            18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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            1. re: JamieK

              I agree... If you want food, stick with the Beer Bistro, but if it's just about the beer, Smokeless Joes on John south of Richmond has a *huge* list of beers and is quieter. They also have some food, but not as much...and it's a somewhat lower key environment... If you want somewhere else to take him in the evening that's more "pub-style" that's a good choice.

              1. re: JamieK

                Good point, Jamie. It's definitely not a quiet spot. I usually sit at the "chef's table", the little counter facing the kitchen. It's quieter back there and you get to watch the chefs at work.

                I've found it's not nearly as loud at brunch as it is in the evening, though. The after-work drinking crowd in the bar area seems to generate most of the weekday noise.

                1. re: idnas

                  yes, to clarify, I've never been there for brunch. Last time I was there in the evening, I couldn't hear anyone at my table except for the fellow sitting right next to me.

                  1. re: JamieK

                    Thanks very much everyone for your replies and recommendations on dishes, looks like it will be a go, I'm really looking forward to going!

                    1. re: sexyaznboy

                      Don't forget to let us know how it was!

                      1. re: idnas

                        Definitely will idnas, I love this board, I really appreciate hearing opinions of everyone on here! :)

              2. Well we went to the Bistro for Sunday Brunch, and I gave it a 7 out of 10. We started by sharing the Belgian Frites, which were really tasty, and the bacon wrapped shrimp which were also very good. I had the peameal bacon benedict and the roasted red pepper soup. The soup was very tasty and filling but I was disappointed by the benedict, the sauce didn't have much flavour. My friends had burgers which actually really looked burnt and they said they weren't that great. Two of us had beers both Koningshoeven, mine was the fruity one tasting like Hoegarden and my friend had the more malty one. I really didn't think they were that special to be honest, and plus they were quite small glasses. The waiter was quite attentive and we had no complaints. So although the meal was decent, we were not overly impressed with the food and beer quality.

                1. any recent experiences here? i'm thinking about heading here tonight for food and beer.

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                  1. re: afici0nad0

                    It's funny that people seem to be looking for a "quiet pub atmosphere".

                    A true pub is loud - in Ireland you leave with your ears ringing from all the louts shouting at each other, pounding on the tables, and singing football fight songs, my favourite being one titled "Maradona is a wanker".

                    1. re: victor page

                      I don't consider Beer Bistro a pub.