Amidst my group of friends, C'est What has earned a reputation as a great "first date place". With a mixed crowd, warm atmosphere and diverse menu, it welcomes most anyone like an old friend.
On this occasion, I arrive in a large group (including a couple dates) and settle in somewhere between the bar, pool tables and a fireplace lounge area. We kick things off with drinks from the 35 beers on tap and then look over the menu.
Dubbed "ethno-clectic", this menu is clearly not limiting itself to pub standards. We order up Moroccan Stew, Jerk Chicken Roti, Vegetarian Roti, a "Lamburger", and a Veggie Burger.
Both roti come without sides, as they take up most of the plate on their own.
Pictured at the top, the jerk chicken ($9.95) is mixed with vegetables, sauce and chick peas while the vegetarian roti ($7.95) packs huge chunks of baked potato along with chick peas and veggies.
Crossing continents, the garlicky Moroccan Stew ($9.95) proves to be a hearty and nutritious choice. Served over basmati rice, it was rich with chunky vegetables, chick peas, beans, apricots and raisins.
The Greek-influenced "Lamburger" ($9.95) is one of the most popular dishes at C'est What and it's not hard to see why. You get a juicy minced lamb patty, grilled and topped with melted Swiss, alongside herbed "frites" and a side of tzatziki. We ordered two of 'em at our table alone.
While the menu describes the Veggie Burger ($8.25) as being served on a toasted bun, I was delighted when mine arrived on thinner slices of toasted multigrain. With just a little added mustard, it was savoury and well proportioned. A huge side salad made this a balanced dish I'd order again.
As for dessert, what it lacks in presentation it makes up for in flavour. A messy honey-crumble-topped Apple Pie a la Mode ($7.25), and a whip-cream-drowned Hazelnut Brownie Sundae ($6.95) are both are delicious and sized generously. Ask for extra spoons... even if you're alone. You'll make lots of new friends.
67 Front Street East (at Church)
11:30am to 2am everyday