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Some CH love for Bestsellen (review)

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I had the pleasure last night of eating dinner at Bestsellen. Before going, I, of course, checked the CH website to see what the hounds had said about it. I was disappointed to find next to nothing, and almost second-guessed my dinner choice. Luckily, my brother-in-law had been and told me he liked it. He's very into food and has always given great recs, so I always trust him when it comes to dining.

We arrived, were greeted promptly, and were given the choice to sit in the front or back section. We decided to sit in the back, near the kitchen. Our server brought us some water and we asked her to recommend some items to share. We knew we wanted to try the burger, but weren't sure what else to get. She said she really liked the salad, and that the pork croquettes and charcuterie were quite popular, so we decided to go with that.

They served each item separately, so that it was like a tasting. First, we had the pork croquettes, which were very good. The texture of the pork was soft and the outside was very crispy. My husband and I both thought that the pork could have had a bit more seasoning. The croquettes were served with some thinly sliced radishes and cucumbers that had a lemony taste to them, and sour cream. Overall, I'd give them 4 out of 5.

The next item was the charcuterie, served with blackened toast. The items on the board were a duck prosciutto, coppa (or capocollo), a third meat (perhaps speck, sorry I cannot remember), mustard, and pickles, all house made. All of it was delicious - the coppa was my favourite meat, the pickles had just the right amount of crunch and a nice light flavour, and the mustard was, surprisingly tasty. I would probably rate it a 4.5 out of 5. I just don't love blackened toast!

The third "course" was the salad. I have to admit that I was expecting this to be my least favourite item, but with the first bite; I knew that this would not be true! The combination of the dressing with the crispy pancetta, preserved mushrooms, and stracchino really made these organic greens shine! Every bite was better than the last. No doubt that this dish deserves 5 out of 5!

The last thing we got to delight our stomachs with was the burger, served on house-made brioche with caramelized onions and raclette. This is the best burger I have ever tasted. We had it cooked medium (sorry to my hubby, who would have been happier with medium rare) and the texture was perfect. The caramelized onions and raclette added a nice flavour. The frites were very good as well. My only complaint about the burger is that the brioche bun was too salty, and my thought is that some would assume it was in fact the burger that was over-salted. The burger is a definite 5 out of 5, but I urge Bestsellen to decrease the amount of salt in/on the bun.

This was a great meal and I would definitely come back. The bill came to about $80 including a glass of wine, a beer and tax and tip. Good value and fantastic food and service. Thanks again to our server for the great recs!

P.S. I had wanted to try dessert as well (they had a chocolate budino with salted caramel), but realized how close we were to Bakerbots, so opted for an ice-cream sandwich instead. I selected peanut cookie, cocoa cookie, and burnt toffee ice-cream. The perfect end to a prefect night of divine dining!

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  1. Next time, have the cote de beouf. Best serving of steak in the city right now. I've been telling that to anyone who would listen for the last year or so... not sure how you missed it!

    1. It's very good. Didn't quite get the CH love but who cares.