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Globe bistro - finally tried it (sort of...the patio menu)

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Globe bistro - finally tried it (sort of...the patio menu)

atomeyes | Aug 19, 2009 07:43 PM

The missus and I wanted a nice patio dinner. I suggested that we finally try Globe Bistro's patio. Went online and saw the had a patio menu (priced lower than their dinner menu), some happy hour specials for food and a $5 happy hr cocktail. so hey, for a Wednesday night, why not?

the staff was very hospitable. we found a table at the patio and ordered some drinks. the $5 drink special was pretty much rum in fruit juice. not complaining whatsoever and the drink disappeared within 5 minutes.

their menu:

Canadian Oysters
“Wild & Mild”, Saskatoonberry mignonette, traditional garnish

3 each

Globe’s Poutine
Ewenity curds, apple cider jus, herbed Yukon gold frites

9
Crispy Globe Chicken Wings
Lightly dusted, wild leek sauce

10
Yarmouth Lobster Niçoise Salad
Yarmouth lobster, fingerlings, haricots verts, taggiasche olives,
quail’s egg, champagne tarragon vinaigrette

15
Cheese Board
Chef’s selection, crostini, accompaniments 14


Northern Woods Mushroom Empanada
Shallot confit, smoked pico de gallo, goat’s crème fraiche

10
Ontario Rib Eye Burger
Ewenity cheese curds, Niagara pancetta, house made pickles,
Yukon gold frites, house smoked ketchup

15
Haldimand Lamb Falafel
Pickled cucumber salad, wild leek raita

12
Pea Shoot & Granny Smith Apple Roll
Black sesame, Waupoos cider gastrique
9

a few of the menu items are $7 during happy hour. we ordered the lamb falafel, poutine and the burger (the first 2 were specials, FYI). we were asked how we liked the burger and i requested medium.

i've read lots of posters raving about the food and I would guess that a lot of posters would put Globe near the top of their Toronto resto list. but....
first, the poutine. gravy was weak and flavourless and really wet. cheese curds were excellent. no squeak, but incredibly tasty. the fries were cooked well. but truth be told, JK and Caplansky both do a poutine head and shoulders above Globe's. it lacked flavour. plain and simple.

the lamb was tasty at first bite...very well flavoured. but then...the salt hit me. and trust me when i say i love things salty. but this was excessive. 3 hours later and I'm still thirsty. the missus had 1 falafel and didn't want any more. and she likes lamb as well.

the burger was very good. you can taste the quality of meat and the lack of filler. it was cooked nicely and had a decent amount of juiciness. the cheese and the fresh tomato slices were nice toppings. in all, the burger was surprisingly good and is probably one of the better burgers I've had in Toronto.

i openly questioned on another thread if Globe was worth the hype and price. so tonight, i gave it a shot. and truth be told, I'm not going to be running back any time soon to try the dining room menu. 2 out of 3 misses on the patio menu for a "moderately priced" restaurant isn't a hit in my books.

am i the only one who's had this experience?

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