BIERA is inside the Ritchie Market, which also houses Transcend Coffee, ACME Meat Market and Velocity Cycle. We’ve been meaning to try them out for the past month or two but M and I couldn’t get our schedules aligned until a recent Friday evening. If you didn’t know, this restaurant/brewery (Blind Enthusiasm Brewing) is owned by Greg Zeschuk. Just google him if you don’t know who he is, it’ll all make sense afterwards.
Make sure you make a reservation. We dropped in at 7:00pm and it was packed. Put our names down and ended up waiting 45 minutes to snag a weird corner table. Our server was top notch but can’t say the rest of staff were like that. Their reservation system clearly needs work.
The inside is cool and modern although we weren’t impressed with the layout. The space doesn’t seem well thought out. Can someone explain the pipe decor tables?
The patio looks gorgeous and spacious but no one was outside due to crappy weather.
The menu is interesting and is split into sharing, over charcoal and sweets. Everything sounded great but be prepared for some pricey dishes. $36.00 for camembert cheese?
Sampledoodle ($8.00 for four)
They were sadly out of one beer. From left to right, guest ginger mead (can’t remember where it was from), ZES 1.1 (wheat), DEB 2.0 (ale) and FAB 1.1 (lager). The guest one tasted like ginger water. Our favourites out of the bunch were the last two.
Pretty slick but the design itself is a bit clunky/cumbersome getting the flights in and out.
Very generous portion although they could throw in a couple more slices of the in-house sourdough bread.
The vegetables were beautiful; fresh, summery and bursting with flavour.
Clams and ndjua salumi ($25.00)
Meuwly’s nduja, lovage and potato crisps. The clams were great and of course, from Effing Seafood. That guy is everywhere. Flavours were great but the potato crisps were a sloppy mess.
Soggy, unappealing and cut in chunky, unfriendly snacking sizes. Luckily, they comped half this dish but it’s $7.00-8.00 overpriced to begin with.
Mariolles cheese and onion sourdough tart. This is a French/German style dish. Totally not what we were expecting. M said it reminded her of deep dish pizza. We both thought it was unbalanced and carb heavy. A miss for us.
ACME pork shoulder ($25.00)
Chewy beets glazed in meadowsweet verjus and lemon balm. This was our last dish and it delivered. They must sous vide the pork or something because it was incredibly tender. Almost tasted like eating steak. Flavour was terrific with the acidity from the verjus.
Great to see some innovation and breweries finally opening up in town. We’ll be back to try more of the menu. I can already tell this area is going to be bumping within a few years.
9570 – 76 Avenue