So my husband and I finally made it to Animal this past weekend, and I'm glad we did, because everything we ordered was very enjoyable. I want to thank all the hounds for their great reviews of this restaurant, they were very helpful in guiding us in which dishes to order. I thought I'd give a quick run-down of my take on them. Our strategy was to order small plates only so that we could try more things. I starred our favorites, but everything was good.
chicken liver toast 3
-Very good, creamy and savory.
**barbeque pork belly sandwiches, slaw 10
-Delicious! The clean, bright flavor of the slaw really balanced the rich pork belly and the flavorful sauce, and the brioche was nice and light and airy. My husband's favorite of the night (my second favorite).
grilled squid, chorizo, chimichurri 10
-Very good, also well-balanced sweet, salty, and spicy components.
**pork belly, kimchi, peanuts, chili soy, scallion 12
-Delicious! I loved the way the acidity and spice of the kimchi and chili soy complemented the rich pork belly..also loved the mix of textures. My favorite of the night.
poutine, oxtail gravy, cheddar 15
-We liked this, but probably not as much as other hounds have. Although the oxtail was tender and delicious, the overall dish was very salty and a big portion, and we got "fatigued" from eating it. Couldn't finish this one.
foie gras, biscuit, maple sausage gravy 22
-Very good, but very sweet. It was a nice ending to the meal since we didn't have room for dessert. While I enjoyed the richness of it, I think a salty element would have enhanced this dish.
The service was excellent. I requested that we get one dish at a time, and the pacing was perfect. We were absolutely stuffed, and only spent $79 (after tax, before tip, did not order drinks). We felt like this was the best value meal we've had in a long time, especially given the high quality. I am eager to return in the future and try out more dishes.