Canadians and Americans take their barbecuing seriously. What we call barbecue in Australia (snags and chops on the grill), these guys call “grilling”. “Barbecue” is low and slow and takes hours and hours. It is an art form and there are people who live off barbecue competition money.
Our first real taste of proper barbecue was at Bubby’s in New York, and we were keen to head to Barque which is Toronto’s newest barbecue spot. We booked a table for dinner online and headed there one Saturday afternoon. The restaurant is located in Roncesvalles Avenue (or Roncy as the locals call it), which is a really chilled out and cool street with some great little shops. We made the most of our trip out to Roncy and popped into a few shops on the way to Barque.
At the restaurant, we were greeted with a bucketful of barbecue popcorn on the table and two different barbecue sauces which came with basting brushes.
We decided on the tasting menu for two, knowing that it would be wayyyy too much for two people but what the heck! It came with brisket, chicken thighs, ribs, spinach spaetzle and grilled asparagus.
My word they were delicious! The dry rub was slightly sweet, and the barbecue sauces which we slathered over the food was the right amount of tangy. Full tummies and half a plate later, we headed home with doggy bags.