THE JOINT: Beast
THE GOODS: Gnocchi Poutine
THE LOCALE: Tecumseth, West End
A late morning meal, called brunch! What a beautiful thing, that can change lives.
Eating at Beast this past weekend was an experienced to say the least! It’s this small little cozy place on the corner of Tecumseth in the west end of the city that focuses on local meats and utilizing the whole ‘beast’. It was the first place that we’ve dined at on the patio this year and it was more than great.
Surprisingly, we didn’t have to wait longer than 20 minutes for a table for two on the sunny patio before we dug into a fantastic meal.
The server was down to earth and friendly, although she clearly wasn’t over the moon having to serve on what seamed like a last minute patio seating given the unexpected warm weather.
I ordered the $12 Gnocchi Poutine which seems to be served with different weekly meat toppings. The topping I received that day was a wild boar & chickpea curry, which was divine!!
It was a small portion however it was more filling than it seemed it would have been.
- This dish alone is mindblowingly creative, fun and delicious. The gnocchi poutine was the main reason I was so eager to dine at Beast.
- Had visual appeal. You could tell that the gnocchi was home-made and traditionally cut bigger than you would typically see. The texture was delicious and fluffy, as it should be.
- The wild boar was delicious and had a pulled consistency and was cooked in curry spices.
- The gravy wasn’t quit right. The viscosity was too thin, needed to be thicker.
- Topped with cheese curds and green onions.
- I would definitely order this again, despite the gravy issue.
The gravy in the poutine was way too thin. I was expecting more of a traditional gravy or even in this case, a thicker curry sauce to go with the wild boar. Would have pulled everything together a bit nicer. A bit disappointed,, but will definitely give it another go.
Our server was great, but didn’t hide her frustrations well. She did seem quit annoyed that everyone was asking to be seated on the patio.
As mention, it seemed as though it was a make shift, last minute street patio seating. Which is fine and rustic but wasn’t that warm or inviting.
Now the fun begins! I will challenge myself to recreate the gnocchi poutine at home- click here to view my recipe! I don’t know the exact ingredients that were used, however that’s where my palette and creativity will come into play.