Recently had the opportunity to eat at Beast Restaurant. My partner for the evening, food writer David Ort and I worked our way through Beast’s 120 menu..
Chef Scott Vivian launched the casual 120 menu (offered from 5pm-7pm Wednesday to Friday) for diners who are looking to have a bite after work, along with a glass of wine or beer. Tapas style dishes with all items under $10, beers and wines for $4 or $5. Needless to say, it’s a great deal to enjoy terroir based gastronomy and try wines from local wineries like Fielding, Flat Rock Cellars. Chef Vivian’s philosophy is to support local whenever possible while drawing from his international influences.
Started off with some juicy lamb ribs, sitting on top of crunchy coleslaw. To cut some of the fat and meatiness of the ribs, I had a glass of Fielding Estates White Conception 2009.
The dirty rice fritters – gooey, warm and mushy, surrounded by a crunchy shell. Absolutely delicious. Then a plate of pig’s head pasta, a dish that I assume is one of chef Vivian’s personal favourites. Delicate morsels of meat tangled with pappardelle. Also enjoyed some beef sliders that were cushioned between biscuits, probably my favourite from the night.
Chef Vivian and his team have started hosting ‘whole beat dinners’. You pick the animal, and kitchen will prepare you a multi-course meal using different parts of the animal. For more info, check their blog. You can find the latest Beast 120 menu here.
96 Tecumseth Street, Toronto
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Written by Suresh Doss
Suresh Doss is the publisher of SpotlightToronto.com and Rickshawmag.com. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America.