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Beast Restaurant

96 Tecumseth St
TorontoON
 
(647) 352-6000
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Scott and Rachelle Vivian’s Beast is an ode to farm-to-table, nose-to-tail cooking and eating. With everything from short ribs and ham hocks to an array of fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes, there is something for everyone in this spot just off the beaten path, on Tecumseth between Queen and King West. Open for both dinner and brunch, the Beast brunch has become legendary amongst foodies, with vast selections of meat, eggs and even fried chicken,...
Scott and Rachelle Vivian’s Beast is an ode to farm-to-table, nose-to-tail cooking and eating. With everything from short ribs and ham hocks to an array of fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes, there is something for everyone in this spot just off the beaten path, on Tecumseth between Queen and King West. Open for both dinner and brunch, the Beast brunch has become legendary amongst foodies, with vast selections of meat, eggs and even fried chicken,
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Review: A novel burden

By Patricia Noonan, reviewed on September 23, 2010

The word beast makes me think of gothic situations, like the Hunchback of Notre Dame or Dracula. While Beast Restaurant isn't exactly a gothic sort of restaurant, it's definitely novel about the meat.

The Beast takeover from former Amuse Bouche owners is...

The word beast makes me think of gothic situations, like the Hunchback of Notre Dame or Dracula. While Beast Restaurant isn't exactly a gothic sort of restaurant, it's definitely novel about the meat.

The Beast takeover from former Amuse Bouche owners is refreshing. Lighter decor elements open up the room and even though Tecumseh Street looks a little dingy, the terrace is welcome while the summer heat is on.

While another head-to-toe eatery might seem at little overdone these days, Chef owners Scott and Rachelle Vivian's speedy makeover with a weekly changing menu keeps things interesting, fresh and seasonal. They even list all their suppliers on the restaurant website.
From six appetizers, the lamb ribs ($14) and the Halloumi are the eclectic choice. Fresh sweet corn mixed with little chunks of chorizo and piquillo peppers bed the deep fried wedge of haloumi, making this dish sing with summer. The fatty crisp skinned ribs are almost painfully rich and a slaw of zucchini and salsa verde on the side provide seasonal contrast.

The wine list is small, but excellent. A classic Tempranillo weds both appetizers well and my expert guest points out that the beautiful vintage 2007 Cotes du Rhone Santa Duc is one of the best, smallest producers. We're both impressed.

A hunk of Braised Wild Boar ($24) arrives with a little mac and cheese bowl. The boar shoulder meat shreds as we eat, and while tasty, it could have been seasoned more. Steamed rapini on the side has an unwelcome sour-tart quality.

Since terrace weather is still here, the Beast Burger ($14) with greens is a welcome choice. Open faced English muffin sports a fun lemon-mayo happy face, while the burger is a tower of meat, peameal bacon, cheddar and a fried egg! While it's good, like the boar, the meat could be seasoned for more wow factor.

The coffee list is a welcome diversion, as different origins are made possible with individual French press preparation. Finally, basil ice cream ($3) made by Rachelle from their abundant rooftop garden. While Beast may not be gothic, this beautiful little scoop was certainly the Esmeralda finish to our Hunchback mains.

Price: $100.00 for 2 starters, entrees and glasses of wine.
Atmosphere: Calm
Wheelchair Access: No
Hint: Menu changes weekly
Surprise, Surprise: Excellent wine selection

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