e11even is a restaurant near the ACC and its sister restaurant Real Sports Bar that has the distinction of showing just a little more elevation in its menu and a little more elegance in its space. They serve North American classics like burgers, fries, and bacon and are a popular hangout for hockey players, athletes and fans taking in a game.
Unlike a sports bar, the space here is totally elegant, with darker tones and a long communal table that's perfect for celebrations, business meals, or large after-work groups in a more open front area with low tables and more natural light.
There's also a pretty serious cask cocktail program.
We try a cask Boulevardier, a drink that's a kind of twist on a Negroni, deep and bittersweet, and ultimately smooth.
The restaurant is apparently famous for their maple sherry double cut bacon ($15), and for good reason. It's the essence of meat candy, the fatty bacon combining with the sweet glaze, topped with thyme for an herby wake-up.
The seared tuna salad ($28) is a bed of crunchy shredded Savoy and mixed greens topped with little chunks of sweet mango, creamy avocado, pickled ginger, sesame seeds and a cilantro vinaigrette (on the salad) and a soy glaze (beneath the ahi tuna).
For an entree the salmon ($35) is a great go-to for fishlovers, basic and easy to execute very quickly at high volumes but without sacrificing some originality and class. It's made with CaJUN spike seasoning and is served with a gluten-free ancient grain salad dressed with a grapefruit dressing, and a charred lemon that adds a little acidity. A grapefruit segment garnish adds pop.
The classic joe burger ($25) is only on the lunch menu, so come here for lunch if you're into paying that much for a cheeseburger you know will be great. Duck fat, salt and pepper flavour the chuck that's coarse and smooth ground in house and topped with sloppy joe mixture covered with cheddar cheese and buttermilk coleslaw on a buttered, grilled ACE bun.
There's more private booth-like seating in a slightly elevated area in the back. Beautiful and huge antique mirrors are angled downward to reflect the bustle of patrons and the kitchen.
Photos by Hector Vasquez