Amsterdam BrewHouse: The new hot spot on the water

Amsterdam BrewHouse

When I heard about the newly opened Amsterdam BrewHouse opening up by my work on Queens Quay, I knew I’d be making a trip their quickly – two days later, in fact.

While they’re still working on the final touches throughout much of the second level to get it ready in time for the official July 1 launch, it’s still a fully functioning restaurant with many different kinds of seats to choose from. Given the nice weather me and my buddy of course opted for the patio – one of many. We were hoping for the lakeside seats, but were taken to the west side of the building, which faced the Marine Unit of the Toronto Police – still great seats.

The BrewHouse has two separate paper menus – one with its beer selection, the other with food (and more drinks). On the flip side of the drink menu we decided to go with the beer flight, which let us sample four different kinds of beer four the cost of a pint ($8). This is a good option if you like to try new beers but don’t want to take the chance on getting a gross pint.

Amsterdam BrewHouse BeerWhen it came to the food, I was a bit indecisive. There wasn’t a tonne of options, but much of the menu looked either interesting (duck grilled cheese) or traditionally a good choice (burgers, pizza). The food is a couple dollars pricier for most of the menu items, compared to most bars, but everything is made fresh, seasonal and local, and generally much better prepared than your typical pub. That being said, I felt cheap and got the crispy fish tacos, which still ran $13 even though it’s listed as an appetizer. It came with three tacos and because I wasn’t terribly hungry, were definitely filling enough, and certainly tasty.

Amsterdam BrewHouse Fish TacosAfter grabbing another pint we paid up and moved to the south side patio because the Muskoka chairs they have were too inviting. The service on that side was nearly non-existent, so we ended up grabbing a pint on our own at the bar after a while. All that was made up by the view:

Amsterdam BrewHouse ViewOverall I really liked the Amsterdam BrewHouse and plan on making a few trips this summer. Because it’s new, I expected any number of issues, so on that front I’m forgiving. While the food pricing is a bit much, the food is unique enough and I’m always up for trying new things so I’d like to sample many more items off that menu.

Have you made it out there yet? What did you think?

Steak and chicken at Joey Restaurant

Joey Restaurant menu

On Friday night the fiancée and I decided to try out the new Joey Restaurant near Yonge & Dundas. I was fortunate enough to have won a gift card when they were promoting the July 4 opening on Twitter, so I wanted to make good use of it.

When we got there around 5:30pm, it was already busy, so we had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. In the meantime, we were offered a free sample of wine, which we gladly tried. Once we were taken to our somewhat dark, but nice booth we had a look at the menu. Joey Restaurant

After much deliberating I decided to go with the 9oz CAB Top Sirloin which came with mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes wrapped in some flaky pastry. I had no complaints about the food. The steak was made just as I’d wanted it (medium-rare) and while I was worried the mashed potatoes would be bland, the wrapped pastry with sour cream and chives (I believe) on top, added that extra flavour.Joey Restaurant

For her meal, the fiancée went with the Bombay Butter Chicken which was served with toasted almond basmati rice, grilled naan bread and lentil papadum. She’s a fan of butter chicken in general, and she seemed to enjoy this one quite a bit. She doesn’t always finish her plates when we go out, but she managed to eat it all.

We were both tempted to get dessert, but we were full enough from the meal, which is usually the case (see eyes bigger than stomach syndrome).

Overall we had a great experience at Joey, though if you want an entree it’s a bit on the mid-to-high price range for me (I’m cheap, sue me). It has great atmosphere and is a good middle-ground option for groups having trouble deciding where to eat.

If you’ve been, what’s your favourite dish at Joey?

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