We were at the Queen's Park rally today, and just got back from dinner there.
We had the baby who was really tired from the rally (so was I from wearing her) and the staff (and customers) were great about letting us wait upfront with the baby.
We sat at the bar - tried all the beers in the 4oz samplers, which are great.
Hard to say what my favs were, but the dubbel, IIPA, Baltic Porter, and the cuvee were the tops for me. My wife said she really liked the common (which, I have to admit was really quaffable - I think this and the Berliner Weisse will be popular once the weather warms up) but she drank most of the IIPA.
Baby liked looking at all the glasses lined up at the bar.
We ate a big lunch at Milagro before the rally, but have to say we ate well at Bellwoods too.
The rye kernals with hens of the wood mushrooms were fantastic and would've been my favourite had it not been for the crispy pork, peas shoots, with peanuts rehydrated in vinegar. It is actually really simple food, just the contrasts are interesting - like the cold rye grains with the hot musrooms.
We also had a couple of the sticks - potato and anchovy mayo - sounds simple and almost boring until you try it.
I don't mind small plates, and certainly if you went to Jamie Kennedy's 7-10 years ago, you were paying similar prices for simlar portions, so the prices are actually quite reasonable. My one complaint (well, my wife's actually) with the menu was the desert portion - simply way to small after eating all that great savoury food. I would gladly pay a few more dollars for a larger portion.
Service was spectacular and very accommodating of the baby...as were all the customers around us.
Anyway, awesome place...awesome food...my only concern is when I'm going to go again...I can't imagine what it's going to be like when the store next door opens.
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