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Whistle blowers

14 years of Steam Whistle indie brew

Authentic Korean dishes at downtown’s EmoNe »Photos Jay Verspeelt

Sweet & spicy Korea

jon liedtke

natasha marar

Steam Whistle Brewing celebrated 14 years of brewing on March 22 and The Urbanite helped to ring in the celebration with a private tour of the brewing facility in Toronto.

EmoNe Korean cuisine pleases Another one of Pelissier Street’s charming, yet undervalued pieces of real estate is now home to EmoNe. The Korean restaurant opened in December serving up barbecue, soups, salads, desserts and specialities such as Donkatsu, Yang Yeum Chicken and Short Beef Rib Jungshik. The restaurant is spacious (located in the former Sangria Lounge) and flanked with a wall of street facing windows. The decor is minimal, with leftover Christmas decorations and furnishings that appear unintentionally mismatched. The service was good and the waiter welcoming to our Thursday evening table of five. He explained the menu well, highlighting signature dishes for those less familiar with Korean cuisine. Among the dishes shared were Tangsooyeuk ($12.50), fried pork in a too-sweet and sour sauce, Pa Jeon ($7.25), a savoury pancake with green onions and seafood, and Pork Bulgogi Jungshik ($16.50), a delicious sweet/spicy barbecue dish that came with banchan, plates of fresh and

pickled appetizers. A standout “hangover” dish — as one patron referred to it — was the Bibimibap ($9.50); a dish of minced meat, vegetables and rice topped with a fried egg and hot bean paste. Our waiter tried to convince us that their Yang Yeum Chicken wings would be the best we’d ever had. While they were delicious — a tad too sweet — it wasn’t their flavour that was surprising but the sheer size of the wings. These sauce-coated wings looked like they were injected with steroids. They were tasty, juicy and messy nonetheless — our waiter literally handed us plastic disposable gloves to wear while eating the wings. The meal was complete with surprise offerings of Kim Mari Twigim, rolls of tempura noodles wrapped in seaweed, and Sujeonggwa, a refreshing, spicy cinnamon and ginger punch. A casual, enjoyable dining experience, EmoNe is a welcome addition to downtown’s diverse cultural cuisine offerings. EmoNe, located at 485 Pelissier St., is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

While a 14-year-old certainly isn’t of legal drinking age in any jurisdiction in Canada, it’s old enough to produce 88,000 bottles of beer, per day. Toronto’s Steam Whistle Brewing turns 14 » Photos Jon Liedtke

Located in the core of downtown Toronto, the brewery is referred to as the Roundhouse. It occupies the former John Street Roundhouse, a National Historic Site which was the previous location of a Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive repair facility. Steam Whistle, the company’s namesake, doesn’t refer to a train steam engine, but to the sound of the whistle at the end of the day at which point a cold brew to end the day was acceptable. The brewery is impressive in both its size and scope and it’s easy to see that the Good Beer Folk — the collective name used to refer to private investors — are quite serious about further establishing themselves as “Canada’s Premium Pilsner.” 2141 University Ave W. 519.946.0570

Volume 1, Issue 8 - March 26, 2014  
Volume 1, Issue 8 - March 26, 2014  

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