BarChef - Boozy drinks
My dinner companion and I decided to stop by BarChef for a drink before heading to dinner. I guess when I mentioned bar to her, she thought it would be a typical bar. But it turns out BarChef is a unique bar. The only one of it's kind in Toronto apparently. Very nice setup, lots of warm colours, and what looked like comfortable leather sofas. But we decided to sit at the bar. We arrived on a Thursday at 8 pm...except for 2 other patrons, it was empty.
I had the BarChef Martini Threeway - $20 - It was interesting in a good way. 3 separate shot glasses with variations of their martini using different textures. There was a green olive foam that was good, but the puree...I am not sure if it was to cleanse my palette, but it didn't agree with my taste buds.
My companion had Van Gogh's Downfall - $25 - A combination of absynth, bitters, lemon, cloves, and palm sugar on the rim. She loved her drink, perfect combination of sweet and sour. She mentioned how boozy it was.
The Barchef was thoroughly engaging, talked to us about the bar, the history of the various alcohols. Although the drinks were great, and we both decided to return soon to sample their other drinks, it was the atmosphere, and the bartenders focus and love for the drinks that really got our attention.
I haven't been there so I'm not going to slam Bar Chef (except to say that their pricing policy has a serious deterrent effect).
Agree with ODG that there are a few other spots in Toronto doing great craft cocktail-ing (not molecular, granted) if you're into it... Jeffrey at Sidecar and Russ at Nyood are both fab.
Meanwhile, did you end up anywhere noteworthy for dinner?
great premise, wrong economic times and maybe a bit wrong for their hood. but worth a visit for the experience and expect to pay for the experience
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