Arrived for dinner @9pm and the place was packed, so Jen, owner and hostess, recommended we go next door at Hoof Raw Bar to have some snacks first while we wait. At the bar, the server recommended “Fish Snacks”, which consisted of a tai, squid, and pear salad, crab croquettes, and grilled octopus served with garlic creme fraiche and smoked mussels.
Despite being “bar food”, the presentation was very dainty and detailed, served on a wooden platter with separate constructions for each dish. Everything tasted like a lot of thought was put into it; the different marinades and sauces complemented the seafood surprisingly well. Everything was very balanced, light, and refreshing, a perfect starter to the tasty charcuterie I came to the Black Hoof for.
When we were finally seated at the main restaurant, we already had a good idea of what we wanted to order (I’ve been wanting to come for a while… Their menu is available online!) We had the charcuterie platter, smoked sweetbreads and albacore tuna, horse tartare, and bone marrow. My favourite was the horse tartare; it didn’t have a strong gamey taste to my surprise, and was crazy delicious paired with the lemony, earthy sprouts and roots. The sweetbreads were overly salty, and were inedible unless paired with bread. Fortunately, the tuna was delicious, fatty, and fresh, which played a nice balance to its salty counterpart. Dtrainz’ fav was the charcuterie platter; he’s usually prefers quantity/value over quality (note: all-you-can-eat sushi), but he enjoyed the novelty and the interesting palettes the dishes provided. Eating pretty dainty dishes is not what we usually shoot for.
It’s definitely a cute date night location, and platters are always fun to share. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me and it was too dark for phone cameras to capture anything. Hopefully my little review was enough to convince some kids to go, because despite the long wait, it was definitely worth it.
photo from Cookies and Tomatoes