Even though this location just opened a month ago it feels like it’s been a neighbourhood staple for years. European comfort food, stick to your ribs on cold nights kinda food. After one taste we are reminded of our childhood, and isn’t that the best feeling? If you have European parents, are European or would like to know a bit about the food culture than this is the place for you.
A lounge area with plush red and leather couches exudes a mishmash of sorts: old world meets new world 80s club homeyness. I like it. I really felt a warmth from the room and the staff, however the dining room chairs need a little love – not fond of banquet style seating.
The bar has over 30 + bottles of house infused vodka, flavours range from plain to “your wildest dreams”. Shortly after we arrive the bartender sends over a tasting flight of the most popular with fresh blackberries and lightly cured green unpitted olives.
Being a Caesar addict I had to try the garlic vodka, flavoured with horseradish and spices, the perfect partner to “Canada’s cocktail”. And let me tell you it needed nothing else… Well, maybe a celery salt rim wouldn’t hurt.
Fresh bread is baked and served with an addicting garlicky dill butter. A light roasted beet salad is nice, sugary sweet. The goulash is incredible. Each individual component can be tasted, yet as a whole the combination is rustic and the meat super tender.
The Jaeger schnitzel could definitely feed two or more individuals, though is surprisingly thin and dry, saved only by the best ever house made spaetz and heirloom local carrots. Standouts of the evening where the potato cheddar perogies and the cherry dessert perogies which took me back in time to when I was a little girl, and my Babcia was making them for me in the kitchen.