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Bier Markt (Don Mills)

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on March 15, 2012 / review policy

Bier Markt Don MillsBier Markt (Don Mills) has joined the Esplanade and King West locations of this European-inspired beer bistro. With a 30 page beer menu featuring over 100 brands from 24 different countries, beer is obviously their focus. Taking over a brand new space, next to the always rammed Joey restaurant, Bier Markt does have some stiff competition. But the gleaming brass, spotless poured concrete floors and everything looking so top notch and brand new, beer aficionados in the north end of the city may just migrate to this gastro pub instead.

Bier Markt Don MillsService is all good looking twenty-somethings in the universal all black server's uniform. One thing noticeable from when we walked in is the abundance of smiling staff. The hostesses, bartenders, even the manager sweeping the floor, all seemed to have a spring in their step. They clearly put service first, and that's something that has been majorly absent from most comparative places.

Bier Markt Don MillsAfter stumbling through the gargantuan menus, impressed by not only the vast beer choices, but also the smart wine list, we ordered the featured Jupiler ($7.52), a Belgian blonde-lager first brewed in 1853, in the hefty and festive 20 ounce boot. We matched our boots with the cheese and lager fondue for two ($20). Accompanied by fresh cut Granny Smith apples, clammy pre-cooked fingerling potatoes and 'Bistro' bread, the cheese is served warm and further heated by the table side fondue flame. The cheese mixture is a little flat though, the blend of Appenzeller, Emmental and Racelette cheeses get lost in the buttery Stella-Artois based broth.

Bier Markt Don MillsThe Congo mussels ($13) however, are tender, swimming in a vat of tangy red Thai curry coconut milk, lemon grass and a squeeze of fresh lime. The menu says it's a ½ kilo of mussels, but the portion seems much larger to me. The warm rosemary roll made sopping up the delectably spicy sauce a treat. Pairing it with the markt frites ($5) made it a salty and satisfying meal.

Bier Markt Don MillsEqually tempting was the veal Schnitzel ($24, see lead photo). Crusted in panko, the giant veal cutlet was a smidge on the greasy side, but worth the belt busting. It was well balanced with the creamy Yukon mash, crisp grilled asparagus and sweet tomato jam. Swirled around the veal cutlets were two marvellous dipping options, a lemon-caper emulsion and a marmite scented veal reduction.

Bier Markt at Shops at Don Mills is pretty identical to the other locations, other than the demographics of the clientele. There's almost a casual, local vibe here, which I don't tend to perceive at the downtown locations. With live music options on busier nights and no cover charge, beer lovers opting to steer clear of King West or the Esplanade finally have a safe haven amongst the other narrow (ahem, Firkin) choices in the north.

Bier Markt

Discussion

10 Comments

wha? / March 15, 2012 at 02:47 pm
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That's the worst map ever.
No one would be caught dead in Oshawa.

Not even Jann Arden.
Graham / March 15, 2012 at 03:01 pm
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Jann Arden wouldn't even be caught drinking from such a pedestrian beer list.
Durham / March 15, 2012 at 03:35 pm
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Jann Arden is a battle axe.
hogarth / March 15, 2012 at 03:59 pm
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Does this location smell like the Esplanade? Because the Esplanade smells like barf and I it's not a party unless there's barf.
1 / March 15, 2012 at 04:26 pm
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Awesome beer menu...we ordered lager! Oh but it's from Belgium and we all know beginning beer snobs love everything Belgian.
mark rich / March 15, 2012 at 05:30 pm
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Thanks for the great info. I just visited there on Tuesday. Better staff and no stink compared to downtown.
rapi / March 16, 2012 at 08:51 am
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we tried this one as we live close by...another dissapointment at shops at don mills...the schnitzel was old and microwaved, the salmon was way too greasy and the andive salad a weird architectural concoction that was impossible to eat...pretentious food made to "look" good but they forgot it has to taste good, too...we'll never go back. btw the smell of barf is from the fondue
Frank / March 16, 2012 at 09:04 am
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I had the worst meal in recent memory at the King St. west location last December. Local brews on tap were limited to Steamwhistle and Lug Tread. Not exactly groundbreaking. My impression is that the place is more marketing than substance/quality. Bleh. Maybe BlogTO can start reviewing various McDonalds or Tim Horton franchises around the city too.
moe replying to a comment from 1 / March 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
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Well, you need to first take a trip to Belgium and on the way read a book on history of beer and Canada and I guess you may revise your ill-advised comment.
Mark / July 19, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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My wife and I recently enjoyed lunch at the Queensway location. The service was fast and efficient, the waitress certainly knew the profiles of any beer I asked her about, and she made several decent suggestions about pairing the beer with the food. Eventually, I asked her to surprise me with a Guiness-like ale but one that had less weight; she delivered a bottle of Tranquair Jacobite ale, which was an absolute pleasure to sip on that blistering hot day. Since then, I've ordered 24 bottles of this beautiful coriander infused ale through a wine and beer agent in Toronto.

My wife and I were both impressed with the BierMarkt and look forward to visiting other locations.

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