Finally, after an almost year-long renovation, one of our favorite neighborhood haunts, Beast, has reopened as Beast Pizza. Akemi, Dr. Blackjack and I wasted no time in checking out the new digs and menu…
The menu has shifted to pizza, yes, but also offers a couple of pastas selections in addition to a few side dishes.
We went with three pizzas. I had to try the pricey black truffle, one of three seasonal varieties. It was a nice, generous topping, yet the truffle flavor was subtle and not overpowering in the way artificial truffle oil punches you in the nose. Creamy, buttery, delicious.
We also went with the tongue and bacon, a terrific marriage of smoky and savory. Special shout out to the dough that crispy and chewy, yet not too heavy.
Our third pick was the beef heart tartare pizza, another seasonal special. This was a cheese pizza served alongside a mix-it-yourself tartare plate.
Akemi did the honors. Then, we spooned the tartare onto the cheese pizza and…well, I’ll admit, I was a little dubious at first but, surprisingly, this pizza ended up being the consensus favorite. Not to be missed! So go visit before it rotates off the menu!
Akemi enjoyed the house salad (not picture because, well, it’s a salad) and a side plate of marinated white anchovies. I’m not into tart, so this one wasn’t for me, but she found them outstanding.
For dessert, I was leaning towards the off-menu nutella-stuffed banana bread, but Akemi really wanted to try the raspberry cheesecake sundae with vanilla soft serve. The sweetness of the ice cream nicely offsets the slight tanginess of the raspberry sauce. Dig deep for hidden layer of crushed graham crackers!
The new layout is a little smaller but beautiful, with choice of bar, table, and high-top seatings. Lots of dark wood and brass, and an open kitchen concept that allows you to watch the team at work – and thank them personally once you’re done. Service was excellent.
Beast Pizza – 96 Tecumseh Street (Toronto) Wed-Sun 5-10 pm