View the Vibe intern Adara Doherty shares some thoughts on one of her favourite Toronto restaurants, Barque Smokehouse…
If you’re taking a stroll down the streets of Roncesvalles Village, you may not recognize the outrageous amount of new stores, lounges and of course restaurants now lining its sidewalks. Among the new additions, Barque Smokehouse has spiced up the neighbourhood to become one of Toronto’s urban smokehouses.
After a year of establishment, Barque Smokehouse has been welcomed with open arms to the neighborhood. I mean who can resist the intoxicating smell of ribs on the barbie? They house an extensive wine list and artisan beers that pair perfectly with their unique take on smokey dishes.
One of its most popular plates would be the Sampler for One combo which consists of choosing three mouth-watering meats and two sides. Your eyes may become bigger than your stomach when deciding among the brisket, beef ribs, lamb sausages, competition chicken thighs or 1/3 rack baby ribs on the menu.
Once you’ve wiped the menu clean of your drool, a refreshing pint or two of St. Ambroise beer selections will revamp your palate for the feast ahead. If you’re feeling like you’ve travelled back in time to a medieval meat dinner, you’re not alone. The portions are larger than life, so take your time with the smorgasbord of animal parts in front of you. Prepare for a messy amount of napkins and wet naps as most of the saucy goodness will relocate around the rim of your mouth.
Suggestions for the vegetarians in the household? I would stay far away from this place as it may look more like a slaughter house than a restaurant. If you do get dragged into the threshold of the Barque (not by choice that is), you may tempt your taste buds with a chilled corn coup or potato salad with yogurt, cumin and cilantro. Actually, who are we fooling here? Like it or not, you will forever be converted into a meatatarian.
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