Monks Kettle exceeds expectations in every way.
The very first time I stopped in for a drink, I noticed someone at the bar having the charcuterie tray. Their always changing selection includes 3 or 4 artisanal cheeses, and often a homemade terrine (pate) and several other fun meats. Served with enough bread for a meal, the small is often all my wife and I need.
I absolutely had to have this. I've been back many, many times. The beer selection is fantastic and alternates with the season. Its nice to see so many ontario and quebec breweries in one place, fantastic opportunity to explore our craft beers.
The food is simply perfect, much above what most pubs in toronto and particularly the west end offer in terms of meals. Everything from the "burger of the day" which often includes locally grown products and fine cheeses, through the pastas, sandwiches, the french fries, salads, everything is just top notch. As previously mentioned, the charcuterie plate is enough alone to go for.
The wine and liquor selection is high end and very adequate for the non beer lovers.
The staff know their beers better than I've seen in any other bar, and many have taken and/or are taking their beer sommelier certifications. They can certainly help you in selecting the perfect beer either on its own or to match with a meal.
The place does get crowded, but its somehow more fun when it is that way.
Go, enjoy, and be glad we have a place like this in the west end.
Try the beer tacos with the corn, feta and tomato salad, but do it quickly, the corn is cut right off fresh cob in the way of all their fresh foods and won't be availble once the local corn is gone.
If you have any questions let me know, I always show up but I do hear them taking reservations often while I'm there if its a special occasion.
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