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Europe Bar and Restaurant

Posted by Jason Finestone / Reviewed on March 7, 2012 / review policy

Europe Bar Restaurant TorontoEurope Bar and Restaurant boasts a bountiful array of Hungarian classics on Bathurst just south of Lawrence in an area better known for its Cash for Gold stores than its dining options. Vegetarians and the cholesterol-averse take heed — this is a primal mecca of fried, stewed and spicy meat-centricity!

Europe Bar Restaurant TorontoWith murals on the walls and hand embroidered tablecloths, the modest dining room and friendly staff make this the perfect place for a casual meal of old-world European favourites. From fresh rye bread and goulash to cabbage rolls, chicken paprikash, pörkölt, lángos and crepes, they don't muck about when it comes to portion sizes and super tasting food.

Europe Bar and Restaurant TorontoThere is one particular dish, however, which is defined by much more than any of the singular items above. An amalgamation of animal products, piles of fried goods layered one on top of the other, a seven-item tower of tantalizing proportions; I come here to eat Hungarian (or Transylvanian) wooden platters!

Europe Bar and Restaurant TorontoWith an option of ordering for two or four people ($35,45 / $56.45), bring your appetite along with your friends. The Wooden Plate for two comes stocked with a starter-course cabbage roll filled with moist pork and rice, sweet shaved cabbage and rich, smooth house-made tejföl (sour cream). A heaping platter of two veal wiener schnitzel ("It says one on the menu, but that's not true!" laughs our server in a thick Hungarian accent), a pork chop, four fried mushrooms, four fried perogies, a slice of thick cut bacon, pork sausage, a generous bed of fried potatoes, rice and a simple marinated cucumber salad follows.

Everything is warm, tender and crisp. A little squeeze of lemon and an added sprinkle of some of the fine Hungarian paprika that sits on the table, and I'm struggling to hold back jubilant tears.

Europe Bar Restaurant TorontoIf the Wooden Plate doesn't quite fill your tank, or send you into a coronary attack, a nice bowl of Goulash Soup ($7/S $9.45/L) is my idea of a great desert course. Buttery-tender morsels of beef, carrots, celery, potato and nokedli (egg dumpling) meld perfectly in the hot soothing broth with a smoky paprika flavour.

For those who prefer a sweet finish, go for their crepes ($3.25). Lined with your choice of walnut, chocolate, cheese, jam or poppy seed, they'll leave you licking the powdered sugar off the plate.

Salivating yet?

Europe Bar Restaurant Toronto

Discussion

26 Comments

Food Oracle / March 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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Looks very good!
Hailey / March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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*Drool*
Brandon / March 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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Looks delicious! Too bad they're not in more central location.
Brendeen replying to a comment from Brandon / March 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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central for whom?
burgs replying to a comment from Brendeen / March 8, 2012 at 01:09 pm
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people who don't live in the fuckin' sticks
wikito / March 8, 2012 at 01:17 pm
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There is also this place in the Annex
http://www.wikito.org/Country_Style_Hungarian_Restaurant
Fig / March 8, 2012 at 01:42 pm
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Who knew? I drive by this place frequently and never noticed it. Thanks BlogTo - just may give it a try as I'm a sucker for wiener schnitzel.
jd83 / March 8, 2012 at 02:01 pm
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+1 for Country Style on Bloor.

Prepare to get stuffed.
Al / March 8, 2012 at 02:02 pm
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Good review. One thing though, what's the Transylvania connection here? It's a Hungarian restaurant. It's like writing about an American(or Ontarian) restaurant.
andrew A / March 8, 2012 at 02:36 pm
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this is by far the best hungarian in the city, beats out country style (CS SUCKS B*LLS) and the other place up the street.
Jane / March 8, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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Hey BlogTO,

As per the comments above, you guys should really update your review of this place:

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/countrystylehungarian

The review is from 2008 and it sounds like things may have gone downhill since then........

Thanks!
Amanda replying to a comment from burgs / March 8, 2012 at 04:22 pm
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oh, shut up.
Duna replying to a comment from Al / March 8, 2012 at 07:45 pm
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Transylvania has a large Hungarian-speaking minority, and many (mostly very nationalist) Hungarians see Transylvania as the true centre of Hungarian culture from way back when.
JF replying to a comment from Al / March 8, 2012 at 08:16 pm
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Transyvania (now part of Romania) was actually conquered by the Magyars and absorbed into the Austro-Hungarian Empire between 1003 and 1526. Needless to say, there's a whole lot of Hungarian influence in Transylvania despite the current ethnography.

A bit more insight on my blog: http://nowthatistasty.blogspot.com/2012/03/hungary-for-hungarian.html
Tom / March 9, 2012 at 12:17 am
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It's called 'Wiener' Schnitzel
Philamania / March 9, 2012 at 10:01 am
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Why don't you guys take photos of the menu too? As a reader, it would be nice to see all the offerings/prices along with the review.
george h. replying to a comment from wikito / March 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm
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Country Style is great if you want Hungarian food favoured by
UofT profs and annex yuppies. At European you see Hungarian families, especially the grandmothers who would not be eating
there unless the food was up to their standards.
Al replying to a comment from Duna / March 10, 2012 at 01:04 pm
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Yes, and the schnitzel is really hungarian. I have family there but not gonna get into silly debates. Good food so who cares, whatever gets the Twilight crowd through the door haha.
Gabe replying to a comment from wikito / March 11, 2012 at 01:09 am
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Country Style is great!!!
cathie / March 11, 2012 at 02:28 pm
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I went here today, first time even though I've lived just up the street for 20 years. It was excellent. A slight notch above Country Style because the breading on my chicken schnitzel was lighter. The dumplings, cucumber salad and serving sizes were basically the same as CS. The place is nice and clean, and occupied by multi-generation families out for lunch. The lone server was doing an excellent job even with a lot of tables. Most definitely will be back.
Ana / March 11, 2012 at 08:39 pm
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Went to Europe today for the first time and had an amazing time! Will for sure be back although we don't live in the area. prices are better than CS and the service was beyond accommodating. Had the house schnitzel with cheese and dumplings and it was drool worthy I ended up taking half home to save room for custard and strudel which out waitress told us was made from scratch, fresh graded apples!!! My son had the apples fritter-so good! Was there an ad in metro for Europe or CS?
Ilaine / September 2, 2012 at 01:39 pm
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Looks good! Yum!
Helen (ILONKA) / January 31, 2013 at 10:54 am
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I have gone many times with my Family and Friends and each
time the food has been delicious, the service is like no other fancy place we have been to. They make you feel like
your family and wait on you had and foot. We will keep going
back until they tell us not to.
TorontoRocks / July 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm
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I haven't tried Europe, but will be sure to do so!

Country Style on Bloor is too bland in my opinion. My family's background is Hungarian and while not comparing it to "home cooking" dishes at CS like goulash were bland and watery. Sorry CS. Thumbs down from this eastern euro.
Chris James / July 17, 2014 at 11:35 am
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TIL Bathurst and Lawrence = The Sticks
torontorocks / August 14, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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@ Chris James...How is Lawrence The Sticks ? Do you know when Lawrence Ave was the sticks ? 1910 buddy. We're 100 years later.

Keep living in your 4 block radius dude. The rest of us will enjoy Toronto the City.

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