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WVRST anyone?

miketoronto May 30, 2011 09:53 AM

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

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    Josenista May 30, 2011 12:43 PM

    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.

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      Apprentice Jun 2, 2011 11:47 AM

      Sounds like a great concept. Thanks for the post.

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      MeMeMe Jun 2, 2011 08:40 AM

      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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        peppermint pate Jun 2, 2011 09:06 AM

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

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          MeMeMe Jun 2, 2011 09:23 AM

          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.

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            pinstripeprincess Jun 2, 2011 11:19 AM

            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.

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              Wino In Training Jun 2, 2011 11:29 AM

              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.

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          table4onthefly Jun 6, 2011 04:43 PM

          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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            Wino In Training Jun 8, 2011 07:00 AM

            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.

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              mammoth Jun 8, 2011 04:05 PM

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

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                justsayn Jun 8, 2011 08:43 PM

                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. aser Jun 8, 2011 10:47 AM

            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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              kwass Jun 8, 2011 11:47 AM

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

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              piccola Jun 8, 2011 05:09 PM

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

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                soytoy Jun 24, 2011 05:37 AM

                I'm curious about these, too.

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                table4onthefly Jun 9, 2011 07:11 AM

                Went last night again (2nd time this week), group of 6 of us got 3 Bison, 2 Duck, 2 Boerwurst, 1 Rabbit, 1 Bratwurst, 1 Wild Boar and 1 Venison. Bison was by far the favorite (not surprised; it's the unanimous favorite amongst the staff), and had actual blueberries in the casing, which played off fantastically with the meat. The duck sausage was the juiciest, but I feel like if you put foie gras in any sausage, it'll be pretty gosh darn juicy.

                Duck fat fries came out a lot better than my first time; nice and golden brown. Maybe it was just a bum batch of potatoes. As I was dining in this time, I was able to get my alcoholic beverage of choice. Decided on Dieu de Ciel, which I've heard is fantastic, yet can never find at Beer Stores/LCBO's in my area. Brilliant beer.

                Noise level was a bit high, but were you really expecting a quiet, candle-lit dinner in a beer hall? This place is fantastic fun, and I will be returning again shortly!

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                  T.O.fiddlehead Jun 9, 2011 05:42 PM

                  I think the proper expectations need to be set before trying this place out. I do understand it is a sausage joint so I don't expect fine dining. However I wasn't a fan of the counter service which nobody has seemed to mention here. Orders have to be placed at the counter where you subsequently pay and are encouraged to give a tip before you have even received any kind of service. You then receive a corresponding number to take back to your table and then your order is delivered. The really annoying part is when you are done your sausage and want more beer. Not sure if it was the time of day but we had to go to the counter and order more beer and get a corresponding number to have it delivered, not exactly conducive to the festive atmosphere of the decor. The place kind of reminded me of an indoor hot dog stand that serves beer. I had the Bratwurst which didn't blow me away and my "dining" companion had the Italian sausage and some fries. Overall it was very underwhelming. On a positive note the beer selection is pretty amazing and it is one of more laid back spots in the area.

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                    wherejessate Jun 10, 2011 08:21 PM

                    Dropped by for dinner tonight around 7 and it wasn't too busy. I ordered the currywurst (with a bratwurst sausage) which was served cut into slices, covered with a tomato curry sauce and served with two pieces of brown bread. This wasn't bad, although I enjoyed what my boyfriend ordered a lot more - the venison sausage served on a bun (you get two choices of toppings - we added the sweet peppers and caramelized onions). The venison sausage absolutely blew my mind! Really flavourful and tasty. Highly recommended! Just a tad on the expensive side... ($9 for the sausage).

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                      Pieji_oh Jun 22, 2011 10:21 PM

                      Did you request brown bread or it was just given to you? I never seen Currywurst served with wholewheat or pumpernickel in Germany. I haven't got to try this place yet, I will soon! I hope their curry sauce is decent, I missed currywurst mit pomme in Berlin. :(

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                        downtownfoodie Jun 23, 2011 09:24 AM

                        good to hear the place is doing well. i was prepared to write it off before it opened. will have to stop by this week and check it out. still not convinced toronto will support something like this long term but it sounds interesting to say the least

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                          wherejessate Jun 23, 2011 08:20 PM

                          They just gave me the brown bread - I don't think you have a choice if you're getting the currywurst. If you just get a sausage, you can choose between a white/brown roll.

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                        srobin Jul 3, 2011 06:45 PM

                        We had lunch at Wvrst yesterday - and we both thought it was fabulous. It's casual, and the concept is beer-hall, but it's modern, clean and funky. The food was delicious and high-quality, the staff were really helpful and gave great suggestions that helped us navigate the menu. We didn't have our young kids with us, but wouldn't hesitate to take them - it's a forgiving environment. It's not table-linens, but it's fun, high-quality, authentic and creative. Loved it.

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                        609 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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                          ellietown Jul 6, 2011 07:46 PM

                          Dragged the mister here after work last week and will definitely be doing that again when i get a hankering for sausage-heh heh.

                          Basically, wvrst is the coolest hot dog place ever. Its a cavernous vintage industrial bierhalle (which mister said would be a perfect venue for a party. Too true.) with cafeteria trays, plaid shirted staff, ginormous picnic tables. Oh yeah, and sausages. Lots of 'em.

                          He had the venison, I had the krajnska, we split a fries and a duck fat fries (with wvrst sauce), he had an Urthel Hop-it, (a lovely waiter was nice enough to go into the back and hunt down an LCBO location where we could purchase this delicious beverage), and i had some fancy soda. Everything got dropped off at our table really quickly, and was delish. We argued about which fries were better until they were gone and our drinks were empty.

                          Not as cheap as a hotdog cart and not quite as quick, but also about eighty times better.

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                            ylsf Dec 26, 2011 05:25 PM

                            Any recent reviews/ comments on this place? Will be a Bell Lightbox tomorrow and thinking of finally trying it out. I seem to always be in the area on Sundays when it is closed.

                            What are the best bets? Going with a friend who is half German so hope it lives up to her expectations.

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                              justsayn Dec 26, 2011 06:01 PM

                              Tasty sausage at quality prices - some on the small side. Some good mustards. Great fries. Lots of beer. Nothing else to offer which is why I personally rarely go! I think recent reviews here - http://www.yelp.ca/biz/wvrst-toronto - really sum it up well.

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                                iMarilyn Dec 27, 2011 05:30 AM

                                All they have are grilled sausages (about 20 different ones when I was last there from trad to rabbit and ostrich iirc) with sauerkraut and very good fries cooked in duck fat. No salads, no poutine, no desserts. Food is self-serve but beer is not. Picnic tables. You'll be out in 45 minutes if that.

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                                  ylsf Dec 27, 2011 08:42 AM

                                  Thanks. I have been inside before and seen the menu. I am just trying to get a feel for which sausage is the best. Seems like the bison has some good reviews. Anyway, I will take a chance on something and hope for the best!

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                                    thebutcher Dec 27, 2011 01:59 PM

                                    i had the lamb sausage - terrific. Great service too.

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                                      ylsf Dec 28, 2011 05:34 PM

                                      I didn't end up making it out last night. Something else came up. Still on my list to check out!

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                                      justsayn Dec 27, 2011 02:40 PM

                                      To me, the large communal tables with bench seating works with the whole concept perfectly. I wouldn't think to call them picnic tables.

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