Counter Culture: Carbon Bar, a BBQ restaurant from team behind Nota Bene


Published:

Image: Carbon Bar

Just in time for the new year, the team behind Nota Bene—including restaurateur Yannick Bigourdan and chef David Lee—added to Toronto’s buzzing BBQ scene with Carbon Bar.

For Lee, the obsession with BBQ began over a decade ago after buying a Big Green Egg. He would smoke pork bellies in his backyard at 2 a.m. and then bring in the goods to feed his team at Splendido for breakfast (“they loved it,” he says). Two years ago while attending a Jack Daniels’ BBQ competition in Tennessee, he decided on opening a restaurant where flavours of Texas-style BBQ—seasoned with salt and pepper (not with sauce) to highlight the quality and flavor of the meat itself, and cooked over white and red wood for ultimate smokiness—could be accessible to everyone.

When you visit this temple to BBQ, the Pit Master Platter is the crowning jewel: a protein-heavy plate that comes with ribs, beef brisket, jalapeno sausage, pulled pork and turkey that rings in at $29 per person with a minimum order of two. Each of the meats, which are locally-raised and sourced from Cumbrae Farms, are prepared and smoked daily—“similar to babysitting,” says Lee, “where each day is slightly different”—and comes out of the smoker just before dinner service.

While you’re there, don’t miss the crispy chicken skins ($7), the goat ribs ($18, available on Fridays only) and the “hot mess” ($11): a sweet potato topped with cheese curds, crema, pickled jalapeno, and chopped brisket.

Carbon Bar, 99 Queen St. E., 416-947-7000

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Inside the life of Sash Simpson

Inside the life of Sash Simpson

The incredible journey of a former street kid in India who became the chef of North 44 and is now set to open his own Summerhill restaurant and wine bar
Posted 9 hours ago
Rag Doll Eatery dishes comfort food with a rock 'n' roll edge in Toronto

Rag Doll Eatery dishes comfort food with a rock 'n' roll edge in Toronto

Find burgers, wings and vegan options at Yonge and Eglinton's new restaurant
Posted 12 hours ago
New Bar Buca delicious, but service is uneven

New Bar Buca delicious, but service is uneven

Our writers eat their way through the uptown menu with a $100 budget
Posted 1 day ago
New French diner Le Swan takes flight in Toronto

New French diner Le Swan takes flight in Toronto

Jen Agg’s Queen St. restaurant serves comforting traditional favourites
Posted 2 days ago
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module