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For dinner one evening, my friend Vanessa and I dropped by Beast to try their “Beast 120” menu. Most of the items are $4 each and are snack-sized. The 120 menu is available Wednesday to Saturday between 5pm and 7pm and require the purchase of a drink. Luckily the drinks were cheap too – between $4 and $5 for Ontario wine and beer.

Rachelle’s Bread and Butter

The restaurant is located in a very residential area on Tecumseh street (one block west of Bathurst), just off of King. Walking towards the restaurant, I thought I had the wrong address since I could only see houses down the street. Turns out, Beast appears to be in a converted house. Since they have a small patio, we opted to sit out there instead since the inside of the restaurant seemed really dark and depressing.

Since I knew they made their bread in-house, I ordered Rachelle’s Bread and Butter ($2). It came with two different types of bread (two of each type) – a sweeter, pull-apart bread and the other being a mini baguette which had a hard crust and a soft inside. Both were quite nice, but I preferred the sweeter bread.

"Poutine" - gnocchi, cheese curds and braised rabbit

After being served the bread, we were brought the “Poutine” ($4). This was definitely a different take on the regular poutine consisting of cheese curds, gravy and fries. This “poutine” contained crisp, pan-fried gnocchi, braised rabbit and sheep’s milk cheese curds. The gnocchi actually worked quite well as they had a crisp exterior, resembling fries and the pieces of rabbit were a nice flavourful addition to the dish.

Next came the Dirty Rice Balls ($4), which consisted of two deep-fried Cajun rice balls. If you’ve ever had a deep-fried risotto ball, this was pretty much what these were like. They were crunchy on the outside, with a soft interior. I wasn’t a huge fan of these as I found them to be a bit bland.

Dirty rice balls

We also ordered the Lamb Ribs ($4), which came with two ribs (as you can tell by now, the Beast 120 menu seems to cater to twosomes). They had a crisp exterior and were smothered in a tangy Carolina-style barbeque sauce. The lamb was on the fatty side and had a bit of a gamey taste to it. Nevertheless, they were pretty tasty!

Since I’m a big fan of lamb, I also ordered the Lamb Cevapcici ($4), which again, came with two pieces resembling nuggets. I inquired about what a cevapcici was and was told that they were basically lamb meatballs which are grilled. It was served with some sprigs of microgreens and a sauce, which looked like mayo. Since the meatballs on their own had a great flavour, I didn’t really try any of the sauce. I’d order these again.

Lamb ribs

The last dish we tried was the Spot Prawn Po’Boy ($4). Po’boys are sandwiches which originated from the south and typically consist of some sort of deep-fried meat – in this case, deep-fried prawns.

The sandwich was served on a mini baguette with two lightly breaded and deep-fried prawns. Don’t be fooled by the photo – it was a (two) bite sized sandwich. Anyways, I really liked the baguette it was served on, but other than that, it wasn’t anything special. They served the po’boy with a large piece of ginger in it which was unfortunate since I found the ginger taste to be incredibly overwhelming. But then again, I’m not a huge fan of ginger. I wouldn’t order this again.

Lamb cevapcici

Overall, I think the Beast 120 menu is great value – cheap drinks and snacks. For what I paid, I thought it was pretty decent. However, prices aside, there were some definite hits and misses. I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here, but it’s worth a visit for the 120 menu if you’re in the area.

At a glance:

  • Only tried the 120 Menu (snacks)
  • 120 Menu available Wed-Sat from 5-7
  • Great value – but not all the food was great
  • Located in a residential area (near King and Bathurst)
  • Ratings (out of 5):

  • Food: 3.5 stars
  • Service: 4 stars
  • Atmosphere: 3 stars
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    1. Karen (Reply) on Thursday 15, 2011

      i went here for brunch and loved it but wondering if i should drop by here to try the 120 menu…after reading your review im still uncertain

      when i had the poutine it was extremely salty other than that it was still good

      • Jess (Reply) on Thursday 15, 2011

        Yeah, I saw your review on their brunch and should’ve just gone for that instead (maple bacon donut… drool)! The 120 menu… was not bad for the price, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.