Friday night, four of us went out to grab a bite to eat near the hotel that our friends were staying at. The decision was up to me since I was the only one that actually lived downtown Toronto, so I felt great pressure to try to choose something that would suit everyone. No pub food and nothing too expensive were my guidelines so we drove around trying to find a place with parking decently close. I had no idea what to choose, then I saw The Banknote Bar & Supergrill, and it said “Steak. Chicken. Ribs. Pizza. Pasta” on the sign. Everyone was sick of driving around so we just decided to go here.
When we walked in, I realized that it was in fact a pub but we stayed and decided to give it a try. We were seated and a waitress came by to take our drink orders. They were out of my first two choices of beer as well as my boyfriend’s first choice of beer. I ended up settling for Big Wheel Deluxe Amber, which is a new beer just released by Amsterdam Brewery, a micro brewery in Toronto. I highly recommend this beer; it is a cross between a pale ale and a lager. My boyfriend settled on Steamwhistle, which is always a good choice and also a great Toronto beer. When asked about their rum selection, they also seemed to be out of most dark or amber rums, so options were limited. They did however, not seem to be out of club soda for the one of us that was not drinking.
We all finally got our drinks and decided what we wanted to eat. There were many options to choose from; there were a few seafood options, pasta options, steak and ribs, and a few more dinner-type meal choices. I went for the penne with sausages and red peppers, and others at the table got ribs, a chicken dinner to share, and soup and salad for appetizers. My pasta was very bland and the sausage in my pasta looked more like cut up hot dogs. There were no complaints about the chicken dinner and the ribs were tasty. There really wasn’t anything special about the food, but on the plus side, it was inexpensively priced. The service was also not bad, but not great either. For three entrees, two appetizers and about five drinks, the bill was just under $100, which is inexpensive for Toronto.
Overall, my experience was not the best at this restaurant. When if comes to pubs, the food isn’t always the best but you can usually count on a wide selection of beers and liquors to make up for that. However, this was not the case. Nonetheless, the restaurant is in a great location and the atmosphere was warm and cozy as we looked outside to the freezing cold streets. But when it really comes down to it, I would not recommend this place to a friend.
21 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V, CA
The Banknote Bar & Supergrill
663 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA