After a bad experience at Veritas, was hoping BeerBistro will be better to make up for Veritas. Got a reservation at 9:15, arrived at 9:00 and was promptly seated. The hostess took our jackets and led us to our seat. To those that haven't been before, it's a nice open space that's divided into bar/lounge area in the front of the resto and dining area in the back with a kitchen in plain view.
My SO and I ordered the Country Terrine and Smoked Salmon. Both were very good and tasty. My SO would have preferred the terrine to be accompanied by a crouton toast rather than a slice of slightly toatsted bread, but regardless it was pretty good. Smoked salmon went well with the cream cheese, onions and three tiny slices of porter pancake.
For mains, we got the steak and veal cheek. The steak was the better of the two, cooked perfectly medium rare. The accompanied mash and onions were both delicious. My SO agreed that the steak was very tasty and well seasoned and loved the mash as well. Her cheek was also fairly good and it came on top of a bed of carrot/turnip/parsnip puree. The portion of puree was pretty big and the texture of the veal cheek was decent. My SO thought it could have used a bit more salt as it was slightly bland and it was not nearly as soft and tender and ones she had in the past.
For dessert were chocolate mousse and apple crumble. SO loved the mousse and as did I. The crumble came cold and I was actually expecting it to be served warm, but regadless it was still decent, nothing to write home about, but I still enjoyed it.
Overall, it's a place I would go back either with my SO or with a bunch of buddies at the bar area. Food was good, nothing spectacular and I think it's fair value for $25, service was good, once again nothing special. Food arrived really quick (perhaps due to the time, but we were glad cuz we were starving) For a low end winterlicious participant, it's definitely a place I would recommend. Since it was a late dinner, we were both hungry and thought the portions were decent and we left full. One thing we will order next time are their frites, they looked good.