Went with friends to Toronto's Bier Markt, on the Esplanade. With the whimsical spelling, and the general consensus that this was the top beer destination in the city, I had high expectations. Left feeling, well, just a little underwhelmed. Service was great, the interior is nice and dark, but the patio is located right next to the street - dust and traffic noise are a problem. Food was expensive - acceptable had it been more reasonably priced, but at those prices, I expected more than soggy poutine and overcooked mussels. The charcuterie plate was wonderful, although portions were lilliputian, a disaster when you're charging $19.
The beer. Since the Markt claims to offer a comprehensive selection of Belgian beers, that's where I went first. Of the beers on tap, nothing too exciting beyond the corporate standbys - Hoegaarden headlines. The beer I had above, De Koninck, very good actually. But that was it - the selection on tap, not that vast. The rest of our afternoon, spent drinking their Belgian beer sample (skunky, cheap brews), and a very, very good American I.P.A., Dogfish Head.
A very expensive way to drink some not so rare beers, but what do I know.