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Das Gasthaus

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on July 9, 2013 / review policy

Das Gasthaus TorontoDas Gasthaus has recently opened on the Danforth just east of Broadview. Steering clear of the usual cliches, the new eatery and beer bar offers a contemporary take on regional German comfort foods.

Owner Ruthy Cummings (formerly a GM at Spice Route) credits her inspiration to the women in her family. The charming space is painted light cream and accented with deep forest green velvet upholstery, dark wood bistro chairs and speckled vintage melamine tables. It feels very homey thanks to hand painted folk art butcher boards and sentimental artworks speckled across the walls.

Das Gasthaus TorontoWhile looking over the lunch menu I'm offered fresh sourdough with sweet and creamy, golden beet butter - already a good start. The house specialties are middle and northern German foods typically lesser known than the sauerkraut, schnitzel and bratwurst of the South. The opening menu from chef Andrew Taylor (formerly of Langdon Hall, Jump) is set to change seasonally and can be expected to spotlight wild game; pheasant, goose and duck; fresh and smoked fishes, seafoods, perhaps even eel.

Das Gasthaus TorontoThe Wurstwaren ($9.95/per head) expands depending on the number of participants.
For one, it features two selections from the German meats cured in house; in my case a thinly sliced sauerbraten (beef pickled in wine vinegar and juniper) and Dunkel beer sausage along with pickled beets, green beans and mustard. For larger tables it'll come with boiled eggs and additional selections from the charcuterie on hand.

Das Gasthaus TorontoI also try the Taglich Sandwich ($13.95), a concept that changes daily but today features house made salami on pumpernickel dressed with mayo, mustard lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, pickles. It's served with a side of cool fingerling potato salad with tangy cucumbers and dill vinaigrette.

Das Gasthaus TorontoThe bar menu is predictably beer-oriented. There are a dozen taps featuring seven German brews and five local craft beers with German characteristics or German brew masters. In the future, Cummings plans to import schnapps and introduce beer radlers mixed with grapefruit, lemonade or cherry juice for brunch-time imbibing.

Das Gasthaus TorontoI wish I had room to try the rosti potato or spaetzle with smoked ham hock sides ($4.50 each) but they'll have to wait for another visit. Currently, the restaurant is open most days from noon until midnight; Mondays are closed and Tuesdays open at 4pm for dinner.

Das Gasthaus TorontoPhotos by Natta Summerky

Discussion

21 Comments

Klaus / July 9, 2013 at 02:10 pm
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NEIN NEIN NEIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2little2late / July 9, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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Visited on the weekend for brunch and shared the Wurstwaren. The bread and that beet butter were so good. I would come back for those alone. Warm service. Nice to see something new in my neighbourhood. FYI, it's cash only at the moment.
John Coates replying to a comment from 2little2late / July 9, 2013 at 02:50 pm
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Cash only is very German...
Moneesha / July 9, 2013 at 02:55 pm
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"there beer list"?!!
R Wachter / July 9, 2013 at 03:28 pm
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Why is this listed as Eastern European, Germany isn''t.
G / July 9, 2013 at 09:47 pm
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Very unimpressed. I grew up in Germany, and while it's not a country famous for superior cuisine, I expected more and felt the prices were ridiculous.

The Wurstwaren we had felt like we were served Loblaws Genoa Salami and Ham and the bread, considering it's a country known for delicious baked goods was kinda lame.

The butter the other people have commented on, must have been unavailable because we were served plain old butter.

The mustard was great and the beer was good too, the staff were super friendly so I really hope that they take a second look at some of their prices and offerings ... I'm also thinking that since we were there on opening night, perhaps things were not quite worked out yet.

Oh and what gives? No after dinner treats? German pastries and cakes YUM just not here.

slick Rick / July 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm
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Looks half decent, no musket however.
Diane Labelle / July 11, 2013 at 02:28 pm
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That restaurant look so simple, I like the design of that place, it is so simple & sweet. I didnt have the chance to see their [url=http://menu-plus.ca/]menu[/url] yet
Jennifer / July 11, 2013 at 08:34 pm
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Can't wait to try this!
Sandy / July 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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I got food poisening there last night after trying the mussels dish which cost $15.00. I mean violent food poisening which knocked me out for one day.
Klaus Hermann K / August 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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Good to see another attempt at German food in downtown Toronto, after Gasthaus Schrader in 70s & 80s, Graf Bobby and the Woodhouse in the 90s and Amadeus most recently near the new Opera House, all no longer around. Good luck, I'll be there soon, reserve a patio seat for me during the Greek Fest of Gluttony ( Taste of the Danforth) !
KK
Dreher / August 12, 2013 at 10:18 am
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As someone with a German heritage I find it pretty exciting to hear of a new German restaurant in Toronto, especially one that is looking to move past the cliche of the 'Bierhalle.' The items on the menu look great.

German food is old fashioned, and can be really mediocre in the wrong hands. A Chef with experience at Langdon Hall and Jump promises a well executed menu so that is adding to my excitement.


Russ / August 29, 2013 at 09:43 pm
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I would be interested in seeing the comments of all those who intend to go, after their meal.
I simply cannot bother going into the many details of one of the worst meals I have had....along with my dining companion, who is German.
SK replying to a comment from Russ / September 6, 2013 at 03:19 pm
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Hi Russ, I'd love to know why you say you had the worst meal you've had, and when it was you went. Being brand new, we are gaining our sea legs and insights into our failures can help us improve. Did you also say anything to your server? We always like tackling these issues face to face because it gives us the opportunity to show that we do care about your experience, and the instant feedback helps us correct any further issues right then and there.

Please, if you will, send us an email at info@dasgasthaus.ca and let us know about your experience.
Dave / February 6, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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The owner currently has 5 cases against her at the ministry of labor for refusing to pay her staff(public record).the people that work for her starv and cant pay there rents while she sits around drinking Riesling all day and going home to her plush condo ..the only thing the food tastes of is exploitation
SK / April 29, 2014 at 03:48 am
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Dave, or anyone else reading this, do you know how to find the open cases against a business? I am one of them and would like to know how to locate this information.
erin / April 30, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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happy to confirm dave's comment

Cam H. / May 24, 2014 at 01:27 am
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I have eaten here more than once. Is it perfect? No. I have loved some things, and others not so much. But the good stuff was soooo good that i will return and try again.

Drink menu is good, beers are famtastic. Decor and music works well.


If the comments from obviosly disgruntled ex-employees is true i would think that the business will not last long though.
Mary replying to a comment from Sandy / June 20, 2014 at 09:39 pm
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Mussels aren't a German dish. This would be like ordering rump roast in a Chinese restaurant. Stick with common food.
tnt replying to a comment from Mary / June 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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Oh lighten up with the "what isn't German" thingy ...the chick with the mussel incident is probably lying any ways..
Rob / July 11, 2014 at 05:42 pm
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I've eaten at Das Gasthaus a couple times, and both meals have been very good. My only real complaint is that it's a little on the pricey side. But the food is very good, and you can't beat German beers on tap. But bring back the Weihenstephaner!

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