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May 30, 2011 09:53 AM

WVRST anyone?

Plan on going this week, lots of press before the opening, just wondered if anyone had been yet?

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  1. Just tried it. My wife and I walked by it a couple of times before we found the front door! I guess because Thuet's old spot had been vacant for a long while. Anyway, there's an amazing selection of sausages and beers! Tried the currywurst (boerewors?) and downed it with pint of Flying Monkeys IPA. Also tried the Hacker-Pschorr (sp?) weisse beer with the venison sausage with sauteed jalapenos and it really hit the spot. Noticed a large group of people sitting at one of the communal tables (probably from a nearby business) that all had Pabst Blue Ribbon in massive frosty mugs! Oh, and my wife loved the fries cooked in duck fat with the chili tomato jam and harissa dips (and not being much of a beer drinker, she LOVED the Peeler apple cider). Prices are good, the space is roomy (thinking of having my birthday party there next month), staff is new, obviously, but very helpful and friendly. The music was great, too, being a big music head. Maybe the volume was a little too loud in the washroom but a great mix bag of good tunes - heard old Nigerian funk, hip hop instrumentals, good 60s soul, funk, good indie. Overall, a great experience. We'll definitely go there if we don't want to spend a lot of money on good food and beers in the area and an amazing spot if you're with a large group since there's tons of room there. Hopefully they'll get a patio. Oh, and I'm SO GLAD that WVRST does NOT have any TVs showing CP24 or sports highlights, unlike some other "bier" places nearby.

    609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

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    1. re: Josenista

      Sounds like a great concept. Thanks for the post.

    2. We went last night. Definitely a unique and delicious experience and a really huge nicely done room. The four of us ordered mostly from the 'game' category - plus some duck fat fries and dipping sauces. Everything was incredibly good - nicely flame grilled. The blueberry bison was incredible. Great accompaniaments, including grilled peppers, sauerkraut and carmelized onions. I will go back for sure.

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      1. re: MeMeMe

        I want to try this place. Was it busy? Do you think you need to make rezzies (do they accept them)?

        1. re: peppermint pate

          It is huge - unless an entire soccer team and their family come it, it won't be full. It had a nice amount of people at tables and bars, but i wouldn't call it busy.

          1. re: peppermint pate

            not sure if you knew this, but it's the old thuet/conviction space which is pretty massive. i'd expect they'd also have some pretty high turnover since it's a quick meal and would be pretty easy to seat.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              As The Husband of the group that went last night, oh yes, I am very well aware of its past. It contributed significantly to the 20 pounds that I no longer carry. What used to be the bar area is totally open floor space now. The middle of the restaurant is a few very long, communal tables with some smaller tables near the window.

              The staff were very accomodating to us. All but one of the sausages was done sliced up and marked for identification, done up like a sampler plate (something which for some unknown reason is not on the menu..... it really should be).

              Strangely, we were disappointed with the Guinea Fowl. Not much flavour. But the bison, duck, rabbit, venison, pheasant and chicken sausages more than made up for it.

        2. Went in today for lunch; I agree, very hard to find the front door! Unfortunately, I was taking out, so I didn't try any of the beers (though I plan on returning to do just that!).

          Sausages were very flavorful, but I found the wild boar and mushroom to be lacking the tea flavor that was advertised. Perhaps if they upgrade to a stronger tea (lapsang souchong, maybe?), it would be more prevalent.

          Duck fat fries came out dark, reaaaaaaaally dark, to the point where it tasted slightly sweet because the sugars in the starch had caramelized. They also weren't very crispy for duck fat fries (maybe I've just been spoiled by triple-cooked as opposed to double-fried).

          I too wonder if a sampler plate will be made available; I'd love to come in with some friends and run down a few varieties (without the bun; I mean, we both know what we're there to eat!) with a couple orders of fries and flagons of beer. I will be returning soon for sure, and I wish Aldo and the rest of the team a ton of business because he's doing a great thing here.

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          1. re: table4onthefly

            If you ask them to put a sampler together they will do it. We just asked them to do the Currywurst but without the sauce, and with some sauerkraut & peppers on the side. They sliced everything up, labeled the individual plates and put a bunch of the fish&chips forks for us. Perfect way to serve a group; I don't understand why it isn't on the menu.

            1. re: Wino In Training

              How could you have Currywurst without the sauce? That's what makes a sausage a Currywurst.

              1. re: mammoth

                It is just to say that there are only 2 plate choices on the menu as they don't officially have a share plate of sausages [as yet] and so that item approximates a share plate better than the other menu item, sausage on a bun.

          2. Not bad, the sausages were tasty, not exactly big portions. Good spot to hangout and have a few.

            The beers are quite expensive though, $9 for Stiegl is a bit too much imo.

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            1. re: aser

              I cannot wait to try this place! It looks sooo yummy!

            2. Has anyone tried the veggie sausages? I'm hoping they're better than the storebought stuff...

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