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Bier Markt on the Esplanade - Recommendations?

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mtx Jul 25, 2011 03:25 PM

Going there for my birthday dinner on Wednesday and was told that the food there sucks...should I still go? I want good food and good beer.

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Bier Markt
, Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

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    hski7 Jul 27, 2011 05:47 AM

    My recommendation is simply not to go!

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      Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 27, 2011 07:42 AM

      A big smile on my face, hsk7. I saw a friend yesterday, Tuesday, who went the day before, Monday. She had to go someplace, she had a friend from Japan whom she was touring. She couldn't stop talking about how bad, stingy and expensive the food was. And she is in the business.

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        mtx Jul 28, 2011 12:10 PM

        Decided to try it at least once so I ended up going anyways with no reservations. Got seated in 10 minutes but it was packed at 6:30....90% of the people went for drinks, not food. Granted I was only there for 2 hours, I barely saw anyone order food. My meal was alright, but I probably wouldn't go back there for food. There was nothing special about my "bouillabaise" and I could certainly spend $35 elsewhere for better seafood. Oh well, I wasn't paying this time . Beer was great though! Had a couple samples of Pilsner, Hoegaarden, and some other stuff.

        Today, I went to Beer Bistro for lunch (my bday hehe) and it was amazing! It looked like 80% of their menu was made with beer! I had the pulled pork sandwich (made with beer), Young's Double Chocolate Stout (think Guiness with chocolate), and Rocky Road with Mill Street Coffee Porter!!! Much better than Bier Markt!

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        Beer Bistro
        18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

        Bier Markt
        , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

        1. re: mtx
          TorontoJo Jul 28, 2011 12:30 PM

          Well, we did all warn you. :) And really, after being warned about bad food there, you chose to get bouillabaise? You are a brave soul!

          Glad you liked Beer Bistro.

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          Beer Bistro
          18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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            mtx Jul 28, 2011 12:40 PM

            I had to see for myself how bad it was. Now I can join the club... But really, it was too complicated to change everyone's schedule so we opted to just stick with the original plan.

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              TorontoJo Jul 28, 2011 12:53 PM

              Fair enough. Groups are hard to manage. Thanks for reporting back!

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                Arcadiaseeker Jul 28, 2011 01:14 PM

                Definitely give Beer Bistro a try some time - it is really very good.

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                Beer Bistro
                18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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                  mtx Jul 28, 2011 01:22 PM

                  Yeah I did, I wrote this above:

                  "Today, I went to Beer Bistro for lunch (my bday hehe) and it was amazing! It looked like 80% of their menu was made with beer! I had the pulled pork sandwich (made with beer), Young's Double Chocolate Stout (think Guiness with chocolate), and Rocky Road with Mill Street Coffee Porter!!! Much better than Bier Markt!"

                  I need to go back to try the pizza and a basket of fries.

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                  Beer Bistro
                  18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

                  Bier Markt
                  , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

            2. re: mtx
              jlunar Jul 28, 2011 01:12 PM

              Actually, I think 100% of their menu is beer. Unless you're counting the teas and coffees!

              Glad that you enjoyed Beer Bistro. I really like their fries - both for taste and consistency. 20% of the time, they're awesome. 70% of the time, they're good. 10% they're edible. The tartare is a staple of mine too, as is the hogtown pizza.

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              Beer Bistro
              18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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                tjr Jul 28, 2011 04:52 PM

                Should have gone with the mussels!

          2. jlunar Jul 25, 2011 03:37 PM

            Good beer and solid food = Beer Bistro

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            Beer Bistro
            18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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              TorontoJo Jul 25, 2011 03:44 PM

              Ditto on Beer Bistro. Bad food and meat market = Bier Markt.

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              Beer Bistro
              18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

              Bier Markt
              , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

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                mtx Jul 25, 2011 03:46 PM

                I'm going to Beer Bistro for lunch on Thursday. Should I just go to Beer Bistro on Wednesday night as well? :(

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                Beer Bistro
                18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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                  CocoaChanel Jul 25, 2011 03:47 PM

                  ITA with above

                  Beer Bistro would be the way to go

                  (as an aside, how is the food at Bar Volo? - I have only had a drink there)

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                  Beer Bistro
                  18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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                    tochowchick Jul 25, 2011 04:21 PM

                    Agree...go to Beer Bistro...not a fan of Bier Markt at all...

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                      jlunar Jul 25, 2011 04:24 PM

                      Now, if you had to, I think you could get by if you ordered very carefully. I'd stick with the really simple things. But generally, you'll be happier if you plan to eat before/after visiting Volo. This was mostly due to the Spaghetti Carbonara I once ordered at Volo that was closer to scrambled eggs on pasta. They should really take that off the menu.

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                        wherejessate Jul 25, 2011 06:13 PM

                        Agreed. Loved the beer selection at Volo, but didn't love the food. Beer bistro definitely has the best food out of the 3 - definitely get the duck fat fries. Amazing!

                        Biermarkt's food isn't too bad, depending on what you order. I actually kind of enjoyed their flatbreads and their schnitzel.

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                          tjr Jul 25, 2011 06:19 PM

                          The food at Volo isn't great, though I suppose you could do worse. I don't think the food is a great compliment to the beers (the real reason to hit Volo).

                          Somewhere like Pony Bar in NYC does a pretty good job of having some sandwichey menu items that are tasty enough if you need to eat, along with some salty bar-snack type food (not to mention an incredible selection of beer).

                          I had moules-frites at Bier Markt before and they weren't bad; tasty enough broth, mussels properly cooked. The fries weren't great though. All the other food I've tried there has been pretty mediocre.

                          As others above have remarked, Beer Bistro is a much better place to eat.

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                          Beer Bistro
                          18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

                          Bier Markt
                          , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

                        2. re: CocoaChanel
                          Wahooty Jul 25, 2011 05:30 PM

                          It has been a while, but the food I have had at Volo was not good (with the possible exception of their cheeses) and, perhaps more importantly, really doesn't make any sense with the beer list.

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                            mtx Jul 26, 2011 09:14 PM

                            Funny thing is, the food @ Bier Markt looks much better than Bier Bistro....on paper anyways haha.

                            So all in favour of me switching to Bier Bistro...... for twice in 2 days?

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                            Bier Markt
                            , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

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                              TexSquared Jul 26, 2011 10:28 PM

                              Just remember who runs the BierMarkt -- same people as East Side Mario's and Casey's. Which should give you an idea what the food will be like.

                              http://www.primerestaurants.com/

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                                Gary Jul 27, 2011 04:30 AM

                                Ah, that explains a lot. BierMarkt is frankly a place where people from the suburbs go when they come downtown. I've had nothing but terrible experiences when dragged there, with bad service. And they're always out of most of the interesting beers. For beer-related festiveness I'd take Beer Bistro or nearby C'est What any day. I also like Bar Volo on Yonge for a huge beer selection, but their food is quite pedestrian.

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                                Beer Bistro
                                18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

                                C'est What
                                67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

                              2. re: mtx
                                TorontoJo Jul 27, 2011 04:37 AM

                                I think Beer Bistro for lunch one day and dinner another day would be fine. The menu is large enough to have totally different meals. Pulled pork sandwich for lunch. Cheese fondue (thin, but tasty) and mussels for dinner. And beer, of course. :)

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                                Beer Bistro
                                18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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                                  gwanderc Jul 27, 2011 04:58 AM

                                  If you decide Beer Bistro - their Kobe Beef Tacos are delcicious - They never disappoint

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                                  Beer Bistro
                                  18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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                                  camp1980 Jul 27, 2011 06:38 AM

                                  With all those great restaurants in the area why would you need to go to Beer Bistro twice?
                                  I agree with others that you should for sure skip the Bier Market. I like Beer Bistro but don't think it warrants 2 visits in a row.

                                  Do you have some criteria that the restaurant needs to have the word beer in it?

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                                  Beer Bistro
                                  18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

                                  The Bier Market
                                  58 The Espl, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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                                    mtx Jul 27, 2011 06:54 AM

                                    Good beer, good food, good dessert is my criteria. And yes, around Yonge/King would be nice.

                                    Suggestions? I need to find a good place ASAP.

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                                      mtx Jul 27, 2011 07:46 AM

                                      I've been to C'est What before and they couldn't fry fries properly, so I'm not going back there.

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                                      C'est What
                                      67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

                                      1. re: mtx
                                        iMarilyn Jul 27, 2011 08:02 AM

                                        The Gabardine on Bay. Rodney's on Temperance.

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