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“Outrageous Dedication to Cocktail Experience !”
Review of Barchef

Barchef
Ranked #180 of 9,385 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$35
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Neighbourhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
Description: Now open 7 days a week! Toronto's premiere cocktail bar. Voted as one of the "Top Seven New Innovative Bars in the World" by Food and Wine Magazine. Specializing in the "Modernist" approach to progressive and contemporary cocktails. Bitters, syrups and infusions all made in house.
Reviewed February 10, 2018

This relatively obscure bar on Queen Street West is absolutely an experience to be had by all ! Long dark curtains block the view from the street, and inside the bar is relatively dark with a curious smokey odour in the air .(This is largely attributable to their famous Vanilla & Hickory-Smoked Manhattan which is presented with great fanfare, inside a smoke-filled jar .) Chairs are comfortable and music is nostalgic jazz and other from last Century . Now that Manhattan was not inexpensive at $45, but is certainly worth it, extra-tasty in a large tumbler with a massive round icecube ! Other drinks are similarly exotic & creative : a Pear & Juniper concoction with a mixture of food and drink presented ; Sailor's Mojito which includes beach essence ! Bar snacks are similarly eclectic : truffle chips, mixed olives & spiced nuts . Only complaint, other than smokiness , was that their regular Manhattan was rather pedestrian ...

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Reviewed February 8, 2018

I don't think there is a place in Toronto that can compete with Barchef on a mixology level. They have the best hand crafted cocktails in the city, bar none.

The smoked Manhattan is literally life changing, I won't order a Manhattan anywhere else because it falls so far short of the one served here. Though there food menu is limited, this is still a great place to kill a few hours.

I love the whole candle lit ambiance, its really unique.

Be aware, the drinks here are pricey, but well worth it.

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

The cocktails at barchef are unlike anywhere else. The molecular gastronomy aspect of the bar is very well done and the cocktails are tasty, strong, and fun to consume. I love watching what everyone else orders as well.

Cheese plate is tasty.

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Reviewed January 7, 2018

If you are looking for a fantastic mixology bar that uses some techniques from molecular gastronomy, this is the bar for you. Many of the drinks have an aromatic component to them, such as a leather mist in Mad Men or smoldering wood chips filling a bell jar of smoke for the smoked Manhattan. There are tobacco jellies accompanying the Mad Men and black truffle snow with the Black Truffle drink. The drinks are not inexpensive, but I think they are a fantastic value. There are very few bars in the world that can create drinks this unique. The bartenders/mixologists that I have met on my three trips here have all been very nice and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

First time at barchef!! The place is really cool. Dark ambiance and a creative touch to all of their drinks. A bit over priced but I was prepared for this because this place is more about quality not quantity. Would definitely go back!

Thank Nelson V
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