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Review: charcuterie and Bavarian beer at Das Gasthaus on the Danforth

Review: Das Gasthaus

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Das Gasthaus 1 star
107 Danforth Ave., 647-352-5044

Vintage chandeliers, cuckoo clocks and floral murals adorn the Danforth’s new restaurant, creating a casual vibe that falls somewhere between neighbourhood café and German beer hall. The food is authentically Teutonic, which means most dishes are heavy and intensely caloric, but still worthwhile.

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Introducing: Das Gasthaus, a new German pub on the Danforth from a former Langdon Hall chef

Introducing: Das Gasthaus

Name: Das Gasthaus
Neighbourhood: The Danforth
Contact info: 107 Danforth Ave., 647-352-5044, info@dasGasthaus.cawww.dasgasthaus.ca
Owners: Ruthie Cummings and her silent partner (and brother) Christopher Cummings
Chef: Andrew Taylor, who used to be the executive chef at the posh Cambridge restaurant Langdon Hall

The Food: Northern German pub food, including smoked herring, house-made sausages and charcuterie boards sold by the metre and half-metre. On the weekend brunch menu, potato rosti comes topped with bacon, gouda and a sunny-side-up egg.

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Drinks

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Nine vibrant, refreshing rieslings that make for perfect patio sippers

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There’s nothing quite like the crack of a crisp riesling on a bright spring evening. That bolt of vibrant, citrusy acidity, followed by a flood of peach, pear, honey and wildflowers. But wait, what’s that odd scent—is it flint? Or diesel fuel? Riesling disciples use the term “petrol” to describe its unusual aroma. Although I would argue for the grape’s virtues—as a versatile food wine and as the world’s best cellaring white—riesling has never gained a mainstream following. Not just because of its idiosyncratic bouquet, but because attempts to mass-produce it on the cheap have often resulted in limpid, overly sweet wines. Recently, however, better rieslings have made in-roads on wine lists across the city, thanks in large part to the excellent bottles produced here in Ontario. The LCBO also carries many refreshing, off-dry examples in the over-$15 range that make superb patio sippers and offer extraordinary value—just check out the point-to-price ratios on the following bottles.

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Where to watch the 2012 Euro Cup in Toronto

This is what happened to St. Clair when the Azzurri took the World Cup in 2006 (Image: wyliepoon)

Starting this Friday, soccer-loving Torontonians will be facing a serious dilemma: where to watch the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (i.e. the Euro Cup). There are 16 nations competing in the quadrennial tournament for the next three weeks, and with the gradual winnowing down of teams, venue choices might be as fluid as allegiance. To help, we’ve prepared a Euro 2012 watching guide, identifying the holes where each team’s supporters will gather by an LCD for some footie and liquid courage.

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Restaurants

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We stopped by for a sneak peek of Bestellen, the College Street work-in-progress of Top Chef Canada runner-up Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi and Ryan Sarfeld outside the convenience store they’re turning into Bestellen

When Top Chef Canada contestant Rob Rossi quit his job as Mercatto’s head chef for “new and exciting adventures,” many assumed he’d won the competition. He hadn’t—Vancouver’s Dale MacKay beat him out in a close finale. Now, the runner-up and his business partner Ryan Sarfeld are in the throes of preparing their new College Street restaurant, Bestellen (German for  “to order”), for a mid-November opening. We stopped by to check out their progress with the space, just a few blocks west of Rossi’s Top Chef Canada buddy Dustin Gallagher’s kitchen at Grace.

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Openings

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Introducing: The Böhemian Gastropub, Paul Boehmer’s new casual spot on Queen West

Inside Paul Boehmer’s new pub (Image: Renée Suen)

The Böhemian Gastropub, the new casual restaurant from executive chef and owner Paul Boehmer (Böhmer), stands out from the takeout joints and bars that dominate its section of Queen West. Built on the site of the now-defunct Oh Boy Burger Market (whose menu Boehmer consulted on), Böhemian, which opened last Friday, arrives just in time for the first residents of the new Queen and Portland Condominium and Lofts.

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Nine highlights of Toronto’s first ever Beer Week

Perhaps the only thing Torontonians seem to love more than patio season is the beer they drink on patios. Well, the thermometer may have dipped, but the organizers of Toronto Beer Week see no reason why they should stop slinging suds. In an homage to all things frothy and foamy, 45 bars and restaurants have banded together to celebrate the first ever Beer Week—a showcase of craft beers and foods.

Below, our Beer Week preview, with our best bets for the best ways to get tipsy from now until Sunday (the full schedule is here).

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Restaurants

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Wanted: German cannibal restaurant seeks pound of (human) flesh

The original cannibal foodie

A soon-to-open restaurant in Berlin (home of all things weird and Hostel-ish) is taking recipe advice from Hannibal Lecter. According to The Guardian, Filme is advertising in German newspapers and on television to ask diners to sacrifice limbs and has put out a call for an “open-minded surgeon” to moonlight as the butcher. The question is, What is this Internet hoax really selling? A new Eli Roth movie? An art student’s final year project? Life insurance?

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Today in Toronto: The Holmes Brothers, An Evening of German Art Song

The Holmes Brothers: Three guys, more than 30 years—theirs is a well-honed, burnished sound, easing casually from blues to gospel, with the occasional country or rock dalliance underscoring how far they can take three-part harmony. Find out more >>

Lula Lounge Jam Nights: This place is a magnet for lovers of Latin-inflected jazz. Those who appreciate a hint of Peru or Mexico in their riffs can drop in after 10 p.m. on Wednesdays for the weekly jam. Find out more >>

An Evening of German Art Song: Young voices add a special sheen to all the Teutonic agonizing about love and death that’s standard lieder territory. Find out more >>

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Custom-made chocolate bars come to Canada

The German chocolate company Chocri caught our eye this week with an announcement that its made-to-order chocolate bars are now being shipped to Canada. Local chocoholics can now design their own confections using Chocri’s Web site createmychocolate.com, which allows users to choose from four types of base—white, milk, dark and mixed milk and white—and over 100 toppings of fruit, nuts, spices, gold flakes and grains. We’ve never tasted the products, but were intrigued since the European company uses only organic, ethically-produced chocolate from Belgium. Seems like a great way to develop either an extremely complicated chocolate fix or a gross-out monstrosity. Current examples on the site include:

“________’s Specialty PMS Bar” (Milk Chocolate with Blueberries, Sour Cherries, Cornflakes and Toasted Hazelnuts)

Nuts and Jolts (Milk and White Chocolate with Coffee, Macadamia Nuts, Bourbon Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs and Roasted Cashews)

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Canada escapes the haters’ list of the world’s worst food

Bangers and mash: British cuisine shatters no stereotypes (Image: Andy Bullock)

When it comes to gastronomical atrocities, it seems bangers and mash and sauerkraut are more poorly regarded than poutine and peameal bacon. The Huffington Post has published the results of an ongoing Titanic Awards survey that names the top nine countries with the worst national cuisine. Much to our delight, the survey of over 2,000 people from more than 80 countries didn’t name Canada among the worst offenders.

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