18 King Street East
Dinner & drinks for 2: $65
It takes me two weeks to get a reservation for seven on a Friday. And that’s calling on a Monday.
Upon arrival, walk-ins breeze by us and are seated while it takes 18 minutes for us to be taken to a table.
The room is New Yorkish — impossibly-high ceilings, a small dining area with tables cramped closely and a small bar area at the front that packs in the after-work crowd and tourists from nearby hotels.
It is damn loud — we shout at one another, but can make out what’s being said. It’s a happy, it’s-the-weekend kind of vibe.
I love the idea of food and beer intermingling, so I’m excited about the intriguing selections. There are suggested beer pairings for each item which makes it a fun adventure. Our server Daniela is fantastic — her suggestions of beers are bang on and she is friendly and easy-going throughout the entire meal.
The Roasted Pork Knuckle ($23.50) is superb. Crackling, roasted root vegetables, smashed new potatoes and apple-cranberry sour beer chutney make it almost a Thanksgiving feast.
The Steak Frites ($23.95) flat iron steak is extremely undercooked and over-salted. We have a great night, though. But maybe that’s the beer talking…
Spice Safar, originally from Montreal, has opened 2 locations downtown — one at King & Brant, the other at Adelaide & John. You can shop their boutique — laptop case, books, housewares — while partaking in delicacies from their cafe and bakery and downing one of their in-house espressos. Check out spicesafar.com for more details.
Buying chocolates during the holidays make great all-purpose gifts, but if you’re looking for something truly special, try Delight’s hand-crafted, fair-trade, organic chocolates in Christmas flavours: Extra Dark, Ginger, Mint, Toasted Cashew, Orange Spice, Caramel, and Maple.
Visit their store in the Junction at 3040 Dundas St. W. or log onto delight www.chocolate.ca for more info.
Cheers to beers