Recently had dinner at this lovely little gem in Downtown Toronto. The food is imaginative, creative, tasty and above all, fresh! The Chef works hard to use only locally grown produce, including his own herb garden, locally sourced meat and cheese (OH WHAT CHEESE!!!). The atmosphere is laid back, with friendly, attentive service and no loud music. The patio is small but wonderful, my only beef is the smokers but, that's way off topic.
The restaurant has a constantly changing menu, a result of the seasons and availability of certain items. We had a selection of "small plates" which included the chef's take on Poutine - a rich mushroom ragu, poured over incredibly tasty cheese and gnocchi - awesome. We also tried the sheep milk cheddar with pimento spread - have I mentioned the Cheese? It was rich, tasty and was paired with perfect crackers (which I heard they make in house!)
The meal was capped off with desserts that were small but incredibly tasty and a coffee menu that includes some of the best coffees I have ever tried (no drip brewed stuff here!) A cup of Papua coffee from a french press was the perfect end to a wonderful dining experience.
I will return, happily to enjoy another memorable meal at Beast.
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