Winterlicious fun!

Hi there foodies!

So, each year a sure fire way to beat the winter blues is to celebrate with good food. The idea is simple. Offer good food for affordable prices. Affordable is important since the restaurants participating don’t normally offer eats that fit into a student budget.

 

Located just off Front and Church, a ten minute brisk walk from Union Station, Bier Markt offers a French-Belgian-German (almost fusion) cuisine. Walking through the thick, black curtains, into a dimly lit restaurant, immediately sets the intimate pub scene. Led to the dining area, a server immediately rushes to introduce herself. Taking our drink order (as its name suggests, Bier Markt boasts a great number of ales, beers, and ale/beer cocktails, so enjoy!), she leaves us with some time to decide on the food.

 

Deciding what you want to eat at Winterlicious isn’t the most difficult thing since there is a set out menu for one to choose from. But what happens when there are multiple tempting items on the menu that you want? Decisions, decisions. I finally decide on the Wurst Sampler for the appetizer, the Chicken Flatbread for the main, and Mango Strauben for the desert.

 

After about ten minutes of chatting with my friends, the appetizers arrive. The Wurst Sampler is an interesting selection. 3 decent sized sausages skewered to create an interesting display, complemented with tangy and spicy mustards and a mix of pimento olives and baby dills. To top it all off, a generous slice of Gouda to cleanse the palate between courses. The mildly flavoured sausages and the spicy mustard went superbly. Although, I’m not a fan myself of the grainy, tangy mustard, I can appreciate its flavour. The bright red and most flavourful sausage is the one I’m most used to, and this was arguably my favourite of the three.

 

The waiting period between the appetizer and main wasn’t very much. Appealing to the eye, the flatbread arrived on wood planks, creating an authentic Parisian feel to the food. Topped with sizeable hunks of chicken, Québec brie cheese and wild cremini mushrooms, the flatbread was authentic in taste, and gooey to boot! The earthy mushrooms will definitely appeal to the mushroom fan.

 

Below, you’ll find perfect pictures of the appetizer and main course.  The desert picture, however, is missing. Why is this, you ask? Between the main course and the arrival of the desert, we had to wait probably 20 minutes. This wasn’t a problem since I wasn’t eating alone, but I wasn’t able to snap a pic for you guys before we all attacked our deserts the minute it came. Lucky me, I got to try them all. The mango Strauben that I had ordered, in laymen’s terms were 2 wonderfully warm funnel cakes, topped with real vanilla ice cream (you can always tell!) and drizzled with a luscious mango syrup. Though that was delish, equally good was the banana crème brulée. A seared banana hid a scrumptiously creamy pudding with a crispy burnt sugar top. But neither tasted as good as the chocolate espresso cake. Now, I’m a bit biased since I have a love for chocolate and coffee; I know that this sounded like the perfect desert for me, but I really wanted to try something different. Layers of chocolate sponge cake, filled with a silky espresso cream, covered in a dark chocolate frosting. So, I know that I’ve spent a good portion of this post describing the deserts; hopefully, that makes up for the lack of desert pictures!

 

Overall, Bier Markt was an exceptionally different experience. I’ve never tried a fusion restaurant before, but I’m glad I did. If you can’t make up your mind as to where to go for Winterlicious, Bier Markt is a good bet.

 

Rating: 4.5/5

Price Range: $20 (for Winterlicious meal only)

Chicken Flatbread

Wurst Sampler

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