This past weekend, Kelly and I spent a great weekend in Toronto. A little unfamiliar with its restaurant scene, we turned to our fellow foodies (thank you @foodieprints, @momwhoruns, @AMWATERS, @savvykathryn, @kirstenduke) for their recommendations on “the” spots to go. Ultimately, we decided upon a place downtown called Beast Restaurant, who on this particular evening was celebrating its one year anniversary (and we enjoyed a few extra treats because of it).
The menu changes weekly and includes a number of hot and cold small plates, as well as, some larger entrée dishes. There are a few signature dishes, such as the poutine, that has a permanent home on the menu, but similar to many of our own Ottawa restaurants, the change allows the culinary team (Scott Vivian, Luca Gatti and Rachelle Cadwell) to celebrate local producers. In addition, Beast had a limited, but impressive domestic wine and beer list, tonight’s pick was Dead Elephant brewed by The Railway City Brewery in St. Thomas, Ontario. A full flavoured ale, with a little too much bitterness to it for my liking (however I did enjoy the 6.8% alcohol content).
On this particular evening it was hard to decide, so we opted and were excited for a selection of hot small plates including the diver scallops, lamb ribs, poutine and sweetbreads. Unfortunately, we were a little underwhelmed by our choices. The gnocchi poutine with water buffalo and cheese curds was rich, but a little too heavy, and the lamb ribs just didn’t have enough meat on them.
However despite our disappointment, the service was excellent, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, which made our evening anyways. Beast is a quaint restaurant with a charming feel and a nice patio out front. It was too chilly for us to sit outside, but we enjoyed the inside confines and dinner by candlelight. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves, but unfortunately the food just didn’t hit the mark.~gL