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Nov 25, 2010 07:38 PM

Whole beast dinner

I don't think there's been a post about this and I thought it might be of interest (actually, I'm not sure if anyone else has done this yet since at the time we went, we were the first whole animal dinner at Beast). I went to Beast with some friends for a whole rabbit dinner; basically, you choose an animal and they'll create a multi-course menu using the entire beast.

For anyone looking to do something a little different for a special event, I totally recommend this. The dinner was really fun, the food was good, we were completely stuffed and it was a really great night overall. I basically put no restrictions on what could be prepared since no one in our group was a particularly picky eater. We were there the entire night, I think from around 7:30 to after 11:00. And they printed out a personalized menu for our group with descriptions of all the dishes. You don't necessarily need a big group for this either, we only had six people. Photos here -

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  1. Your dinner looks great. I need to do this.

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    1. re: haggisdragon

      Can you comment on the price? I'd love to do this for my birthday.

      1. re: jamesm

        I just called...the chef said it depends on the animal. I asked about duck or pig and he said it would be about $60 per person.

        1. re: grandgourmand

          Ha...perfect. Very reasonable and those were the two proteins I was thinking about. I'm very curious about this now.

    2. Are the plates in your photos sharing portions? I can hardly imagine a rabbit large enough to provide so many courses, save for in sharing form...thank you for the report!
      I sooo wish I'd gone for this option instead of the truly terrible birthday dinner experience at Ame, Nov. 22nd. Too bad Beast does not have an updated website, or we would have jumped at this.

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      1. re: unturtlesoup

        it's been posted in their events section for about 2 months now.

      2. Wow, great pics and very cool idea for a special dinner. I don't even eat bunny but those dishes look like pretty inspired and tasty creations - like your own private episode of Iron Chef. My "to do" list is starting to get crazy long...thanks for posting.

        1. You say "Whole Beast" but did they use the offal? or just the "good" parts?

          1. Our dinner was $60/person, I think price varies a bit depending on what ingredients you choose. I felt the price was very reasonable considering everything involved. The plates are not sharing portions, each dish was separately plated. I believe that our first dish had offal in it but don't think the other dishes did - this is something Scott specifically asked me when we met, whether I was fine with offal and I said yes - so you can take it or leave it as you like.

            When I met with Scott and Rachelle, Scott mentioned that we'd have multiple rabbits. I considered duck or pig also - for a pig, Scott had mentioned that you could select the type of pig and depending on the size of your group, you could opt for a suckling pig or instead of a whole pig, you'd sort of 'buy' half a pig and the restaurant could use the rest of it for regular service. So, it's all extremely flexible - I had asked about multiple animals and Scott mentioned that would probably only be do-able if you picked something like small fowl. He said that basically, anything they can get a hold of, you can pick - so something like wild boar would also be an option. I wound up going with rabbit because I like it and it's not too common on menus so I was curious to see how they'd prepare it.

            I really recommend doing this, it was definitely one of the best birthdays I've ever had! And we were seriously stuffed - by the fourth course a couple of my friends had to resort to taking a bite then packing the rest up. The whole staff surprised us and came out at the end with a menu signed by everyone, which was a really nice touch. Since our group was small, I opted to have the dinner on a night Beast is normally open, but you do have the option to choose a night they're normally closed, I think you just have to pay a bit more.

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            1. re: ggom1

              this is one of the best things I've heard of, well actually I've seen and heard of it elsewhere but this is the first time in Toronto.....Something I will look in to.

              1. re: ggom1

                Oh sweet! I was wondering how the pig would work. Don't quite need so many people after all.