Come See Me
Come See Me puts cheeky, creative twists on iconic bar food and cocktails.
With live DJs every single night, it’s just as easy to unwind at the end of the day with a drink and a bite to eat here as it is to dance the night away.
Formerly home to Li’ly, the space encompasses high tables and a long sturdy bar area as well as couches, a foosball table and corner banquette areas that easily accommodate larger groups.
The Yardi Caesar ($12) smothers kale in straight up Renee’s dressing, which I’m initially suspicious of, but its familiar creamy pepperiness wins me over just as quickly. It’s topped with 24-hour house jerk chicken that brings a good level of smoke and spice, and crushed plantain chips for crunch in place of croutons.
A Buddha Burger ($13) on the menu will come as a welcome sight for Beyond Meat burger fans, an actual Beyond Meat patty with sauteed mushroom, tomato, pickle, and red onion on a pretzel bun with thick jammy layers of banana ketchup on both sides.
Omit white cheddar for a totally vegan burger that actually delivers on flavour, not just because the patty does have a consistency and complexity similar to real meat, but because of the combination of elements as well.
The Southern GOAT is a steal at $8, maybe less balanced than a full-on salad or burger but a filling bar snack nonetheless. Fried chicken on a stick is actually dunked in buttermilk waffle batter and smashed in a waffle iron, served with your choice of regular or deeply spiced jerk syrup that pools in generous grids.
The creation collapses the pairing of hot, juicy fried chicken with sweet, fluffy waffle into one bite, and a handheld one at that. No need to put down your drink to crush this.
All signature cocktails are $13, a South of the Border Sour blending equal parts Tromba and pineapple juice with simple syrup, lemon and lime, kind of a cross between a sour and a margarita decorated with Angostura bitters.
A Not So Old Fashioned amps up the usual bourbon, bitters, simple syrup and orange with a touch of cherry juice that adds extra candy-like sweetness.
An open cocktail program bills spontaneous nightly creations at $14, perhaps Bombay with grapefruit, lemon and St-Germain, orange peel rubbed on the outside of the glass for an aromatic, citrusy and easy-drinking beverage.
There’s a speakeasy element to Come See Me, but you’ll have to investigate what’s behind a faux walk-in fridge door in the basement to find out more.