beerbistro: Great beer, good food, mediocre service

Winterlicious: beerbistro

When Winterlicious time rolls around, I always try to hit two restaurants over the fortnight. Despite warnings from my colleague to the contrary, I generally, in a vain attempt to save money, try to make one of the two a cheaper meal - either a $25 dinner, or a lunch. Lunch, I should add, is the most fulfilling time of the day to eat - especially a late lunch. Taking two or more hours out of your day, starting at 2pm and eating until its nearly happyhour, for the sole purpose of food, wine, and conversation is an experience not to be triffled with. Despite this, the lure of a menu composed entirely of dishes with beer as an ingredient proved irresistable; I found myself last night with my companion at beerbistro (another restaurant that seems to defy the use of capital letters)

Unfortunately, the moveabletype platform on which we write these just ate my review. As a result all I have for you in the extended section are my brief notes, sorry.

Long story short - good, but not great meal. Hot beer, cold servers. Next time I'm sticking to a $20 lunch if I need to save money.

beerbistro is located at 19 King St E, near Yonge

App: Mushroom Soup with Truffle Cream - good, well pureed. Hint of truffle noticeable but not overpowering.

Beer: St Andre Vienna Lager - dark, slightly sweet, a bit heavier but balanced with crisp acids.

Main: Mushroom Gnocchi - mushrooms were great, gnocchi overdone.

Dessert: Apple pear crumble - decent, not enough of the cherry reduction

Beer: Quelque Chose - wow. served hot, spicy sour cherry and cinnamonotes. More of a wine than beer?


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