http://roseandsonsbigcrow.com/ 647.748.3287 $$ mon-fri 5pm to close, brunch sat &sun
White birch wrapped with soft Christmas lights lines a walkway that transports one to a cottage in Algonquin Park. Well, not literally. But the atmosphere is pretty darn close; lit mostly by a blazing fire emanating from the iron grill, animal skins adorn the walls, picnic tables come with thick wool blankets to warm patrons cause it can get a little chilly under a star littered sky (they have a fully retractable roof) and 90s tunes that I haven’t heard in years play through the evening. From the moment I walked into this outdoor lover’s dream, I felt that warm fuzzy I’m-in-for-a-good-night feeling – and I haven’t even tried the food yet! Yes, this is the spot for honest, old school barbeque with an awesome beat.
The menu is all over the place, a bit of everything. Smoked mozzarella smashed roasted garlic bread is greasy, crunchy and charred right off the barbeque. Love the “old steakhouse” presentation of the shrimp cocktail which includes 1000 island dressing, buttery crackers and crudités. Sour pickled brined Jw bird sided with salsa verde is succulent – I don’t like using that word but it fits so perfectly – and then Old Dirty Bastard cranks up in the background. Amazing!
An astringent dill and red onion salad amps up the umami of the sticky Chinatown Miami ribs coated sesame seeds. Lastly the coleslaw, such a simple dish but so many get it wrong. Some are too creamy, others way too acidic. However, this dish is just right. The cabbage slightly sweetens with each crunchy bite, seasoned with a touch of vinegar makes me say without a doubt, one of the best (if not the best) coleslaw salads in TORONTO! Quote me b*tches.