2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#21 Barque Butcher Bar

Barque Butcher Bar

A spinoff from Barque, the ne plus ultra of Toronto BBQ joints. Prepared food shop by day, hipster bar ’n’ snacky resto by night, BBB is as delectable as Barque. There’s sweet cold-smoked venison tartare topped with a flurry of grated fresh horseradish, with a half-cooked lightly pickled egg, sweet oozing yolk slightly vinegared for contrast. Wild boar terrine is studded with pistachio nuts and wrapped in bacon. There is depth and complexity in the menu. It veers fabulously easy with Fujian spring noodle salad, a triumph of Thai basil, hoi sen and black sesame seeds on al dente egg noodles. This is sophisticated food, with lovely dcor to match. The smoker is out back, it’s the west end, epicenter of Toronto hipsters.


  • Barque Butcher Bar
  • 287 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-532-7700
  • www.barque.ca/butcherbar

  • Chef: David Neinstein
  • Cuisine: BBQ
  • Cost of dinner for two: $55
  • Hours: Wed. to Sun. noon to late
  • Reservations: For large parties only
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 28
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Entire venue can be booked
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street parking
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