Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 67
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We finally made it to Toronto this past Saturday after waking up at 5 AM, experiencing an extensive TSA search at Logan, an extensive search at Canadian customs in our drive from Buffalo and after checking in to our hotel a few blocks up on Yonge at Bloor. Needliess to say, around 2 PM we were ready for lunch and a beer or 2.
The sun and the nice moderate temperature (around 20C) made dining outside a preferred option - you're still under cover but can take in all the activity on Yonge. Very relaxed, a little upscale and the jazz tunes going were a solid kicker.
Beer list does have a wide selection - about 15 taps, 2 cask and a pretty wide range of bottles across the globe and style map. Very strong in Canada's range as well - lots of Unibroue in addition to the more English-style offerings of Ontario's craft brewers. Maybe a little wider range in the tap selections would be in order, but that's it.
Service was solid...took a few minutes to get settled but there was pretty much only 1 or 2 people covering the whole place...including pouring. Our waitress was very courteous and helpful; maybe not the most knowledgable about some of the taps but I gotta be able to figure it out for myself anyway, especially when I'm so unfamiliar with the local names.
The beers were good. The food was great. An appetizer of grilled calamari imparted the great char flavor by remaining lighter on the stomach than a traditional fried offering loaded with batter. The Beautiful Bride had a chicken panini with olives and artichokes - the bread was awesome and so was the rest of the thing. For me it was penne with fennel sausage - the sausage was in very small links and cut up but that didn't harm the crisp fennel flavor. The red sauce - almost a ragout - was hearty, clean, spicy and fresh. Nothing to complain about there.
Prices were reasonable pretty much - maybe getting into slightly pricier territory, but definitely not something to bitch about. This is a very cool place to lunch at and the beer list, although solid, almost became secondary. Not that it's a bad thing. Excellent stop deserving of a return engagement.
06-08-2009 09:40:59 | More by IBUnit63
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