Alexandra Gill visits Eater Heatmap favourite, Belgard Kitchen this week and finds 'lots to enjoy'. Tomato soup fondue is "thickly creamy and bursting with fresh basil", mushroom pâté is "loaded with smoky, house-made lardons" and a sausage pizzette "has a chewy golden crust and a strong kick of roasted fennel." Small complaints include meatballs which "could be moister and less burdened with garlic" and a tuna confit that's "a bit tough" awarding it 2.5/4.
Over at the Westender, Anya Levykh visits the Oakwood Canadian Bistro and decides that it's just the place for a drink and few bites but "serious meals might be more satisfactorily eaten elsewhere" awarding it 2.5/5
The dishes, she declares are "hit-and-miss". A rabbit rillette was "a revelation" but halibut "less stellar... all of the accoutrements failed to provide any contrast to the richness of flavour." Fried octopus was "crispy and salty, lightly breaded and delicious" but the dish it was served in "was too narrow for the serving spoon".
Mia Stainsby feels 'wrung out' after a night at the cacophonous Craft Beer Market deciding that it's "definitely not a place for first dates or finding inner peace" but just the spot for "a party atmosphere." Sticky ribs are "the standout" accompanied by hockey and a flight of beers "it was kind of man heaven for my husband." Ocean Wise Baja fish tacos "tasted fresh" but crab cake sliders had "a whiff of fishy odour and was over processed" giving it 3/5 stars.
· Oakwood Almost Hits the Mark [WE]
· Where the Sun Shines and the Wine is Always Flowing [G&M]
· The Resto-Pub With a Party on Tap [VanSun]