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Black Hoof Charcuterie

laurelmcg Oct 29, 2008 08:52 AM

I just noticed this place pop up in the space that was Molotov Cocktail...Has anyone been? What's the verdict?

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    airsey Oct 29, 2008 10:22 AM

    I went on Friday and had a great time though I think it was due more to the company. I had a fabulous Manhattan ($11) and we ordered a small cheese plate ($16). The cheese was mostly great... (sorry, can't remember which ones) but was literally a piddly amount for the price.

    1. redearth Oct 30, 2008 01:36 PM

      It's great! I've been twice now, and I've tried everything on the menu (it's a small menu) - it's all good, with the best things being the pork belly sandwich, the duck confit sandwich, the large charcuterie platter, and, of course, the jamon iberico de bellota. The service is great (Jen, who's in charge of the front of the house, is personable and professional), and the chef, Grant, is clearly passionate about what he's doing. Currently one of my favourite spots.

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        OnDaGo Oct 30, 2008 01:47 PM

        Is there any hot food on the menu or is it all just cold meats?

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          lister Oct 30, 2008 02:15 PM

          There is hot food. We went two weeks ago and this was the menu:

          http://www.blogto.com/upload/2008/10/...

          I didn't ask how often the menu changes but judging from the post redearth made above, I'd say fairly often based on what we had.

          We had the large order of bread, prosciutto tasting, cabbage soup (hot) & bone marrow, pork merguez (warm) & tomatillo and the pork belly pastrami & emmental. Overall the food was excellent though expensive for the portion size. We would return but wouldn`t be regular customers due to the cost. Maybe go two to three times a year. Service was excellent though we were one of only two pairs in there at the time (early evening just after opening).

          The proscuitto plate consisted of three servings of different proscuitto. One was from Niagara, one from Quebec and one from Italy. The Niagara one was very thin and quite salty. I liked it but the girlfriend didn't. She liked the Quebec one more than me which was thicker and sweeter and had a particular taste which I didn`t care for. We both loved the Italian one. It had a wonderful flavour and the fat just melted the instant it touched our tongues. Yum.

          The cabbage soup was different than what we expected. It was a cream soup. It was still tasty. The bone marrow was served on little crustinis.

          The pork belly pastrami looked like a large beef rib. It was quite flakey and smokey. Good but not a favourite item.

          It's nice that the tap list is decent. There was Steamwhistle, Creemore, St Ambroise Pale Ale and Amsterdam Blonde. I think there was one or two more taps there but without a tap handle. Hopefully they get a little more serious on the beer selection as I would have loved to had a Church Key Holy Smoke and other beers during the meal.

          Afterwards we wandered up to Caplansky`s for a poutine and a Fresser. The smoked meat that night was awesome!

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            OnDaGo Oct 30, 2008 07:58 PM

            So based on that menu like I assumed the soup is the only dish that is "cooked"...

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        Caplansky Oct 30, 2008 10:21 PM

        I was there on Monday and it was packed with food industry types. Jesse Vallens of Trevor and I went following dinner at JK Wine Bar (his prize for winning a vegetarian sandwich competition in which I smoked the squash for his bbq pulled squash sandwich). So I guess you could say the Black Hoof was desert and it was fantastic.

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          dragonflygrl Oct 31, 2008 07:29 AM

          I was also there on Monday. In fact, I've been there 3 times in the past week, (I'm worried I may develop gout!) :)
          So far, I've had the small and large charcuterie, the duck confit sandwich, the pork merguez sausage dish, the lemon tart, and the cheese plate,(all great imo.)
          Jen,(one of the owners) has also come up with quite an interesting cocktail list.
          This is my new favorite place to stop in for late night eats!

        2. laurelmcg Nov 2, 2008 12:43 PM

          Thanks everyone, I'm definitely going to give it a try!

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            lorius Nov 24, 2008 11:59 AM

            In my view? Verdict is absolutely recommended. Well done from start to finish, with only a couple of excpetions: the chicken liver mousse, which was weak, and the riette, which had an odd berry thing going on that didn't really work for me. Everything else was right on the money, especially the Foie Gras. I normally don't order that sort of thing for fear of almost certain underperformance, but not at the hoof. Very nicely done.

            APL

            1. icey Nov 24, 2008 12:21 PM

              Just to let you know... the Toronto Star gave Black Hoof 4 stars in Saturday Star. They thought it was fantastic.

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                lorius Nov 24, 2008 03:16 PM

                Yes, that should be "rillette". Thanks to an astute colleague for pointing out the spelling mistake. I suppose it is hard to take seriously a food critic who can't spell.

                APL

              2. blue bike Dec 20, 2008 05:05 AM

                Went few weeks ago with couple of friends. We had the charcuterie platter, the duck confit sandwich and the pork belly pastrami. For dessert we had the lemon tart - the lavender give it a nice flavour. Everything was well done and very tasty. The service was great (and it was a packed Friday night); every dish was explained to us and we also got help with the wine list.
                Yes, it's not a cheap place to hang out, but we will go again for sure.

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                  watt Dec 21, 2008 09:19 AM

                  Went a few weeks ago & loved it. Had the large charcuterie platter and a large cheese plate - loved that each cheese was paired with its own condiment (including one nut butter, which was a tasty surprise). Wish I could remember the cheeses, but my memory is so poor I'd need to take notes to report back effectively! I had the foie gras, and my dining companions had the duck confit sandwich and the beet and goat cheese salad, both of which got rave reviews.

                  Not cheap, but worth it IMHO. The place has a relaxed vibe, service was attentive, and we spent at least a couple hours there without ever feeling rushed.

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                    xarina Jan 23, 2009 07:46 AM

                    Just went last night and it was to DIE for. FanTAStic.

                    Anyone who complains about "piddly" portions is missing the point. This food is quality. All the items are either made in-house or specialty products imported from N.A. or around the world.

                    Actually, I thought the hot food portions were more than adequate - on the night we went, there were lentil dishes, a cassoulet dish, a few "brioches" (kind of like a smoked meat sandwich but with duck or shaved tongue (YUMM) replacing the smoked meat.

                    The "smaller" portions apply to the charcuterie tasting plates - which is the point. You're there to savour, not devour. Eaten with some bread and olives, actually, I was almost full after the charcuterie plate. After having the most amazing cabbage soup (it's not what you think - it's fantastic) and a bone of marrow, served with (I suspect) fleur de sel (but maybe it was just flaked salt), by the time our lentil and brioche dishes came, I was already satisfied, spiritually and gastronomically. I brought my own take-out container to bring home the extra.

                    Drinks are great too - reminds me of a prohibition-style speakeasy we went to in Chicago.

                    Five thumbs up - I'm going again and again!

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                      CoffeeAddict416 Jan 23, 2009 08:10 AM

                      Here's the addy for the owners' blog
                      VERY interesting reading
                      It's almost as fun as Caplansky's blog :)

                      http://charcuteriesundays.blogspot.com/

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