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Sep 17, 2009 08:04 PM

My Place - Canadian Pub in BWV

Brad Long's new place. It looks like it's open. Has anyone tried it yet?

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  1. Just noticed it the other day, but it didn't look open. Interested to see what happens considering the previous incarnation was a karaoke haven for some of my neighbours.

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      1. Tried it tonight for the first time. The pub is divided into a number of large spaces (the building is huge!), including a rooftop patio (one of the nicest I've seen), main bar, restaurant section, balcony section, sports bar basement and a room with a chef's table. The spaces are nicely designed, with well-spaced tables and plenty of staff. It's been quietly opened for the last two weeks, and traffic has been steadily building. The sports bar and balcony have yet to be launched, but the dining room, roof and bar are open. The menu is local with many interesting sounding dishes. The wine list is predominately Canadian, with a few well-chosen international wines. They have a very nice house lager, brewed for them by Great Lakes Brewery.

        We tried the five cornered longhorn burger, which is made from wild longhorn beef, and which was perfectly cooked, served medium and juicy as all get out. Fantastic fries, served with a very garlicy aioli. Definitely not the most interesting things on the menu, but when you want a burger, you have to have a burger. Service was attentive and extremely knowledgeable. I will go back.

        The menu offered many interesting looking things that I didn't try. Cod cheek chowder, black cod fish and chips, braised bison brisket sandwich, chili maple bbq bison ribs, etc. Menu is in link below.

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        1. re: Snarf

          Nice review, Snarf.

          Love that they have borscht, tourtiere and butter tart squares on the same menu.

          1. re: phoenikia

            Snarf, what was the crowd like the night you were there?

            1. re: phoenikia

              I was there last night early, just after 5 pm. At that point in time, there were quite a few on the roof top, varying from late 20's to mid 40's, most of whom had food in front of them. On the way out, the bar had a few people, and there were a number of families and couples in the restaurant section. Mostly professional looking people, lots of cosmos, fairly even balance. Currently, they are doing live jazz on Thursdays, and will be having more eclectic selections in the sports bar on the weekends. West end equivalent of the Rebel House crowd.

          2. re: Snarf

            Thanks as well snarf, a couple of friends were there yesterday and really enjoyed it as well.

            1. re: Snarf

              there is no such thing as "wild longhorn beef"

              1. re: OnDaGo

                Wild as in 'ill-behaved'. They are very difficult to raise.

                1. re: Snarf

                  Actually no, they are very easy to raise as they do well in pasture:

                  "Easily Handled: Cattle drive stampedes may have made good movie footage but rarely happen in the reality of Longhorn ranching. These cattle are quite gentle and very easily worked on foot. "

                  1. re: Googs

                    Yes, as beef has been domesticated for eons... if he put "Wild" salmon on his menu and served farmed salmon would you not be pissed?

                    1. re: OnDaGo

                      With a rep like his, it makes you wonder why he'd even feel the need to make such a claim. Just be good already. That's all we want.

                      1. re: Googs

                        It seems to me that "wild" is an adjective from the poster, rather than from the menu. But I will likely be going there in the next few days,so I can report backon that and other things.

                        1. re: badrockandroll

                          This is a storm in a teapot. Wild was used on the menu, and the waiter who served us explained the difference in the various beefs on the menu as relating to the feed. The longhorn which makes up the "Tilsonburger" is grass-fed.

                          I don't think that there is any reasonable prospect that someone would think they've been cheated eating this. The salmon analogy is spot off.

                          1. re: Snarf

                            I liked "ill-behaved" better. It sounded so much more fun than grass fed. Conjurs up images of a longhorn with a leather jacket, single hoop earring, and tattoos on their horns. Maybe that's just me.

                            Perhaps the menu writer was thinking of the Gibson guitar.

              2. I'm actually super excited that there may actually be a relatively cool place in BWV.
                Moving from downtown a while ago i've found the area kind of lame as far as nice places to go hang out...
                Really crossing my fingers, gonna head there later and scope out the scene ; )

                1. I went this weekend.

                  Good points:
                  Love the addition to the neighbourhood.
                  Roof top patio is great
                  Good beer selection, wine selection was small, but I didn't have any trouble finding a few I would be happy with. (especially happy for the Wildass...)
                  Fries are amazing - could possibly be the best fries I've ever had.
                  Egg bun is really, really good.
                  Good quality, fresh ingredients and they don't skimp on the portions.
                  Nice hostess who's trying to be welcoming (perhaps a tad too hard, but still quite nice)
                  Love the mustard condiment choices.
                  Really happy about the menu selections. Some upscale choices, but also great choices for a regular old Tuesday night too. Also happy to see a homage to the neighbourhood in the form of perogies and borscht. Could have another salad choice tho...

                  Not so good points:

                  Understandably, service isn't quite there yet. I'm not sure our server had ever even been in a restaurant before, let alone served anybody before. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich, and he asked me - 'just one?'. Well, yes, I'm in the habit of eating one meal at a time... I'm sure that will get ironed out.

                  While the sandwich had some really great ingredients, it was all a bit too much. On top of the already fat laden huge pile of meat, there was a spoonful of sour cream, and there was also cheese on the sandwich. Waaay too much for me. The pulled pork itself wasn't very flavourful - no tangy vinegar hit at all - so I'm not sure I would order it again, but if I was ever tempted, I would definitely ask them to hold the cheese and the sour cream.

                  My partner had the black cod and chips. The fish was waay over salted. Also, for $22, my partner felt that it would have been better to get one larger filet of fish, rather than a few small chunks. Could have just been how this portion worked out - but $22 for an average night out is a bit on the high end for us.

                  All in all, we're looking forward to going back - and we're really happy to have another choice in the hood.

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                  1. re: tochipotle

                    Moral: find out the hours before you go - not open for lunch! Went to Shakey's instead - meh.

                    1. re: tochipotle

                      Tried the cod cheek chowder the other day. Nice portion, good flavours, and a nice dish in general. Still some questions on integrating service, but there is an enthusiasm to get feedback.

                      1. re: tochipotle

                        Thanks for the review! Love the details.
                        Can't wait to try it. But perhaps I will wait till they iron out the wrinkles. Gotta give new places a chance. BWV definitely needs something new and good. Nice that it is close to the subway too!