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Aft Kitchen and Bar - New BBQ at Queen and Broadview

Has anyone been and have anything to report back?

Early Yelp reviews are positive... but I need a 'Hounder's opinion.

Links:
http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/aft-kitchen-an...

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  1. You got me so excited with Queen and Bathurst : (

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    1. re: justsayn

      Hahaha, the moderators caught me!

      It was a long day!!

    2. Went last night with a friend. Had the wings and ribs.

      Not bad. Not bad at all.

      My personal prejudices find it difficult to reconcile barbecue in a "nice restaurant", but there's no question someone back there knows his or her way around a smoker.

      Their patio, I predict, is going to be ridiculous.

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      1. re: biggreenmatt

        We decided to go to Aft this evening and we were very happy we did.
        We agree that the place is small and one wonders if it will soon outgrow this address. Soon after we were seated, the place filled up. Could be St. Patty's day had something to do with it.
        As soon as you walk in you notice the whiff of a smoker somewhere not too far away and this sets you up for the meal.
        We were fortunate to notice that they have a combination platter available for either one or two people that is only available on the weekends. For two people , it gave us the choice of three of: Pulled Pork, Beef Sausage, Chicken, Beef Brisket or the Ribs along with three sides for $32. We selected the Sausage, Brisket and Ribs with baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw (all made in house).
        The flavour in each of these was outstanding. The brisket was cooked perfectly and there was a hint of smokeyness present yet not overpowering and this allowed for a nice combination of flavour to come through. The meal was served with a habenero sauce, house BBQ sauce and ketchup for the less adventurous.
        We opted to have a dessert and we ordered the Vanilla cheesecake with cranberries. This was served in a familiar small mason jar that speaks to the lineage of Aft coming form the House of Parliament.
        Service was friendly and attentive.
        We were quite happy with all the items tasted and we will be suggesting Aft Kitchen and Bar to others. We will be going back.

         
         
        1. re: Poorboy

          Looks and sounds exceptional. Will definitely make a pit stop there the next time I am in the area (even if it's for brunch!).

          1. re: Poorboy

            Thanks for the report and pics. Looks good!

            1. re: Poorboy

              Maybe it is just the picture, but looks like they skimped out on the sides... Potato looks like less than a whole potato. If that was for two people you think they would give you a bit more sides (only one sausage?) Was it enough food for 2 people? I am all for quality over quantity but just curious to get expectations in check when I go (and I will go based on your review)....Are the owners of this place the same as the Toucan spot that was there before (crazy expensive tacos) ?

              1. re: ylsf

                Oh I just assumed that pic was one person's share.

                Yeah, that would seem a bit skimpy if it were for two people, I agree.

                I looks tasty though. And I will put it on my list.

                I will be mindful of portion size while there. If I feel like I did not get reasonable value I can always elect not to return I guess.

                1. re: ylsf

                  Yes, the portion size of the sides were small. There were 4 ribs (large and meaty) 1 Sausage and a fair amount of the brisket. These were not full portions as we ordered the combo for 2. The single orders of each were larger than what would be served in a combo. This was an early dinner for us so we were well fed. If I was extra hungry I might have ordered a full side of fries and that would have been plenty. Forgot to mention that we also had a sampling of their in-house Baked Beans that were enjoyable.

            2. <takes off glasses, rubs eyes and sighs>

              There are a few things that I find odd. First of all, the sous chef spent 2 years learning Q in Texas and there is nothing remotely Texas about what I've seen in pictures. Hmmm.

              One reviewer on Yelp said "Proper BBQ @ Queen and Broadview" and then goes on to extol the virtues of the smoked brisket burger. Hmmmm.

              The ribs in the TOLIfe picture do look promising. However the hours don't suit my schedule.

              I'm interested to see what people's thoughts are.

              DT

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              1. re: Davwud

                Davwud the hours are pretty extensive - Mon to Sun 430 p.m. to 2 a.m. Early open and late close all week. I don't think it gets any better than that.

                1. re: JennaBean

                  I do. I live in Aurora and commute to work. I'm long gone before they open. I pretty much only eat in the city at lunch. I'd hardly call 9.5 hours "Pretty extensive." It's akin to being open 11 - 8:30.

                  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I'm just saying they don't suit my schedule.

                  DT

                  1. re: Davwud

                    Oh you're looking for lunch. That's a whole other ballgame. To do lunch and dinner they would need a shift change. To be open for dinner at 430 p.m. depending on the prep required you have have kitchen staff in pretty early likely by about noon and then servers around 230 pm to do side work. Those are both very long shifts. So for a place that only does dinner, that's extensive hours IMO.

              2. I went last week for dinner. It was packed on a Tuesday night at 630 p.m
                My hamburger was salty as was my french fries.
                I hardly ever return food but I had too.
                The waitress was really kind about it and I then ordered a caesar salad that was tasteless.

                I talked to the manager who told me that it was a new chef in the kitchen and i wasnt the only one complaining about the salt.

                Conclusion: I really need to go back.

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                1. re: domesticgodess

                  You really "need" to go back?

                  Or really don't need to go back?

                  Hate when chef's are heavy handed with salt. If they have a regular chef that just wasn't there that night, then, yeah, I guess going back can improve things.

                2. went yesterday, shared a plater for 1 (about $20) & plater for 2 (about $30) amongst four people. had ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage & smoked chicken with beans, fries, potato salad & slaw x2. seemed like a decent healthy amount of food for four people. seems like they'd do well to offer corn bread and collard greens.

                  the meat was not cold and was juicy. but alittle lacking in flavour. I prefer dry rub and lotsa smoke. The meat needed the provided sauces.