http://www.westbar.ca/ 416.504.9378 $$$ wed to sat – evenings
The picturesque alley guides one down the stairs to the bar that started the King West transformation from “warehouse wasteland” to the “social hotbed” it is today. Yes, I agree this little stretch of King between Bathurst and Spadina has become one of my favourite areas of the city. WEST was recreated by four founders – deeply imbedded in the social scene – due to the “lack of options” for the area residents. Remember Cobra? Well it’s had an unbelievable makeover; and if one doesn’t agree – YOU are lying to yourself! Think contemporary with a touch of softly lit, rugged-luxury – to keep it causal of course. Alas, beauty is not enough to make a star shine bright…
Outside East coast oysters, plump with brine go down marvelously with mignonette (or simply nothing, like I like em’). I loved both grilled cheese sandwiches: brie, tomato, oregano and crisp bacon, pickle, and onion. I couldn’t get enough of the bacon wrapped in bacon, loaded with rich fattiness and maple.
Strategically placed truffle almonds are terribly moist; however the earthy flavour is nice. Tableside barbeque popcorn seems to be refilled quite frequently, possible to keep them crisp – it’s kinda working. Thick slices of cucumber overwhelm (I wanna say dry-synthetic?) smoked salmon, lemon aioli, dill and delicate roe. Dense flat breads – sofrito and basil, olive tapenade with chili oil, and lemon and lavender with herb oil – are in desperate need of fluffing, example: baked fresh in a warm oven. Great chocolate dipped berries, but not so great blacken, bitter kale chips.