My girlfriend and I went for dinner on Sunday. The place looks really nice.
The food was quite good. We started with the perogies. I'm not that big of a perogies fan but these were quite good and the large pieces of crumbled real bacon. There were a lot of items that took us a while to whittle down to each of our dinner selections. The girlfriend had the ribeye burger. It was quite tasty and juicy. She had the fries and gravy as the side. She's been on the holy quest of finding another place that has gravy as good as Rebel House's and that Mill St.'s comes oh so very close. She's a chef so she can be a pain to go out with and she's not usually happy when we have food at Volo, C'est What, Bow & Arrow, etc. while I'm quite happy at them. She's looking forward to return visits to try other menu items.
My eyes zeroed in in the PULLED PORK!!! Sweet... I finally decided on the sandwich over the pizza with a caesar salad instead of fries. Both of which executed well though I would have liked the sandwich to have a larger amount of meat on it.
For our beer, our first choice, the Oktoberfest ran out so I had the Organic Lager and she had the Wit. She enjoyed the wit very much and ties it in second with Blanche de Chambly while Brussels White takes her top spot. The second brews was the stout. The stout was quite nice, creamy, with a good nutty, chocolate taste. Dieu du Ciel's L'Aphrodisiaque holding top reign in our opinions.
I'm really looking forward to trying the ESB, the Kriek and the Helles Bock. I see on the food menu that there is Pilsner Lager but that's not in the beverage menu. Will there be a rotating seasonal tap? I presume that would be the current Oktoberfest (unless that is going to be available all year long.) I'd love to see a fun summer brew perhaps watermelon or blueberry <insert typical other bartowel member pissing and moaning here> and a spiced English ale or L'Aphrodisiaque clone during the winter. Just something different every season and year.
Are there plans to bottle the new brews at some point?
The servers were all quite friendly though I do prefer a single server rather than a roundrobin effort.
My only food criticisms are really my food preferences. I would have preferred a tangy vinagrette caesar dressing and the same for the coleslaw. Both creamy versions were good nonetheless.
I suggest marking the back doors as for emergency use only both on the inside and outside with directions to continue on towards the front. We and several other people came in from that back door rather than the front which made the back area chilly for a bit.
We're looking forward to returning when the other brews are available and for a future Leaf game!
Thanks for bringing Toronto another quality brewpub!