I love the very cozy Esplanade Bier Market and the over 100+ beers that they stock. A group of us girls headed over there to celebrate Eve from Eve Traetto Photography's birthday! The atmosphere is upscale pub with a laid-back attitude, really great for a group. The food is MUCH better than your average pub with a Belgian influence and there is a bustling patio scene in the summer between here and their sister restaurant, Fionn MacCool's next door. Where your favourite hip & urban girl (uh...me) worked as a hostess for 6 months during University. Which was about all I could take.
The Fondue Feastivul is on right now until February 28th and it's a nice way to warm up this winter. Eve got the Chevre Fondue ($18) which came with roasted beets, asparagus, risotto cakes, baguette and a hot goat cheese melt for dipping.
The Veal Schnitzel
Jennie from Jen Shoots Weddings got the amazing looking Schnitzel ($23) which came with yukon mash, asparagus and a panko crusted breading.
Roasted Beet Salad
I went for the Roasted Beet Salad ($18) which comes with your choice of organic salmon, flat-iron steak or free range chicken. The beets are delicious, on a bed of baby spinach with a panko crusted soft boiled egg, crumbled goat cheese and candied walnuts. Yum!
The Filet Burger
Kadeshia of Essence Occasions went for The Filet Burger ($23) which comes with a 6 oz. filet mignon cooked to order. Comes with a side of their delicious frites!
Not sure what to drink out of their beer textbook? I always go for the Fruli which tastes like a strawberry fruit roll-up and goes down just as smooth. This strawberry beer is from Belgium with an alcohol content of 4.1% with 30% real strawberry juice - which means you're getting your vitamin C too! So drink your beer ladies :)
The Frites ($5) always come crispy with curry mayo, ketchup and I think a regular mayo for dipping. You're already eating french fries, might as well slather them in mayonnaise to double the fun!
The Very BIG Beer Fridge
Don't forget to take a peek into their beer fridge which is full of kegs that I believe run back to the bar. The variety on tap is quite large and they have a wide selection of bottles and cans. Go for the beer sampler which includes mini pints of five different beers. Drink from lightest to darkest.
The Esplanade Bier Market is at 58 The Esplanade at the foot of Church Street.
(416) 862-7575 - Open for Lunch & Dinner - http://www.thebiermarkt.com/
There is a second location at 600 King Street W. but the Esplanade location is the original.