While looking for a place to grab a few drinks and some snacks, Mike and I ended up at 416 Snack Bar on Bathurst, just north of Queen Street.
Upon entering the Snack Bar, I was surprised by how small the place was. We arrived around 9 on a Friday evening and the place was packed. Most people were there for drinks only so there were a lot of people standing around. Luckily we only waited for ten minutes before getting a table.
The menu comes on a small clipboard and consists of many snacks, most of which are around $5 to $7. All the prices are inclusive of tax, which I liked. More places should really do this!
We started off with the Steak Tartare ($6), which came served on two small pieces of toast. The tartare was well seasoned and made for a tasty little two-bite morsel.
Next up was the Korean Fried Chicken ($5), which came with four or five bite-sized pieces of chicken. The chicken had a nice flavour and a bit of a kick to it. The addition of the sesame seeds and green onions was a nice touch. A decent dish but probably not something I’d order again.
I’m a sucker for lobster rolls, so it was no surprise we ordered the Lobster Roll ($7). I really enjoyed the one here, probably due to the large amounts of butter that coated it. Buttery goodness! My only complaint was the price tag – $7 for two-bites. We also added a Mini Cuppa Bisque for an extra $2, which was served in a teacup. It was good but nothing special.
416 Snack Bar also serves up steamed buns. Steamed buns (particularly the pork variety) have been all the rage for the past year or so. Seems like its the cool thing to be serving these days. Here, they have 3 varieties – pork, fish or veg. We decided to go with the traditional Pork Steamed Bun ($5). The doughy bun was wrapped around a thick piece of sweet and tender pork. Tasty!
We also ordered the Mushroom Toasts ($5) which consisted of a nice variety of sautéed mushrooms. I liked that the toast was sweet – my guess is that it was brioche. Since I’m a huge fan of mushrooms I enjoyed this dish but it wasn’t anything special.
The next dish we had was my favourite dish of the evening, the Scotch Egg Benny ($5). Not exactly a traditional scotch egg (which typically is a hardboiled egg wrapped in meat and deep fried), but oh-so-delicious! I loved the crispy sausage exterior and the rich, buttery hollandaise. A must-order at 416 Snack Bar!
The last dish we tried was the Reuben ($7). Pastrami, cheese and toast…how can you go wrong? It was really messy to eat but it was worth the mess. This was a close second after the scotch egg.
If you’re looking for something sweet, they only have 2 desserts: Mexican hot chocolate and a cannoli ($2 each). Since nothing caught my eye, I decided to pass.
Overall, we had a pretty good experience. It’s a great spot to grab a drink and some snacks but don’t come here expecting to have a full dinner. The food, while tasty, was quite pricey given their bite-sized portions.
At a glance:
• Nice spot for drinks and a few snacks
• Don’t come here expecting a full dinner
• Solid food but prices are steep and portions are small
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 4 stars
• Atmosphere: 4 stars