Based on the various opinions about this place, I was already curious about this place, but what really got me going was when I read the Toronto Star review which mentioned that the chef used to be the one behind Red Devil Barbeque - yes, laugh if you want but that was my favourite rib place in Toronto for a while, primarily due to the yummy Mango-Jalapeno rib sauce they slathered on their ribs.
I ended up going for my birthday last week with 5 others, and yes, the smoked ribs are very good texture-wise - but I wish they had used a tastier barbecue sauce (a bit bland - not sure if it would have made a difference with more sauce) ... I think if we were allowed to BYO BBQ sauce (say, a Camp 31 bottle or the Bullseye one even), the ribs would easily become much my favourite in the city.
The frites were ok, but I'm a bit underwhelmed by it - the initial taste is great but the greasy feeling really hits you afterwards. The lentil coleslaw was quite good. The salad with beer vinaigrette was alright but not necessarily worth the money, but my friend loved the rice roll. I have to admit that we did not have any other entrees due to the fact that everyone ordered the ribs except for one (who got the Coq au Beer - liked it , but noone else wanted to try it...).
We had a very pleasant server who chit chatted with us and told us that most people had been ordering the ribs since the Toronto Star review was published (figures). He personally recommended the ravioli along with the ribs. He was also kind enough to take the flowers that I had and store them in the fridge during our meal! The chef stepped out for a moment and we had a chance to ask him whether he was really cooking for RD BBQ (he was the concept chef apparently).
The overall bill came to slightly over $200 in the end for 6 people, not bad except for the fact that two of us were responsible for half of that :)
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