Hunger is the main cause of stubbing one’s toes, missing buses, and believing that dog biscuits can be tasty with the right sauce. Handcuff hunger pangs with the stomach-sating fare of today’s deal: for $11, you get $25 worth of food and drinks at 131 Water Social House on Water Street.
A menu of fresh bites intended for sharing and an eclectic drink list make 131 Water a welcoming watering hole for any occasion. Perch down in an oversized banquette with a group of friends to pass around a parade foodstuffs, such as the 131 sliders ($8) or the warm boar-bacon salad ($8), before taking in a sticky kiss from the winterlicious martini ($8.5) that smacks lips with amaretto, luxardo black liqueur, crème englaise, and nutmeg. Against a backdrop of stylish local art, the polenta and mushroom ragout ($11) dances atop forks before filling bellies with nutritious joy, whether you’re one of the handful of celebrities known to stop by 131 Water Social House or simply the owner of an infinite mouth.
- A hidden gem - the turkey and boar bacon chilli [sic] is so delicious and so full of flavour and spice. The chef does a masterful job taking familiar dishes and adding his own twist. – Jacob K., Yelp
- What a great spot! Recently renovated wooden floors, re-purposed wood table tops and smart bench seats warmed the low-ceiling mezzanine. – Jocelyn W., Yelp
131 Water Kitchen & Bar
It may seem hard to improve on the simple appeal of beer-battered fish, but consider 131 Water Kitchen & Bar's particularly artisanal approach: beer-battered haddock, hand-cut fries, and house-made tartar sauce. It's one of several ways the restaurant manages to work beer into its high-concept pub cuisine; the menu also sneaks beer into other signature dishes, including Guinness meatloaf and smoked-cheddar poutine made with stout-infused bacon.
When the kitchen can't physically blend a brew with a bite, a variety of local and craft beers facilitates easy pairing. Ales from breweries such as Parallel 49 are a natural fit with the burgers, especially the patty of house-made bratwurst topped with blue-cheese aioli and pear-and-onion relish.
But before you've settled on what you'd like in your sandwich, you'll have to decide where to eat it. The main dining room screens sports on its HD televisions, but the people-watching on Water Street—viewable from the gigantic front windows and the wraparound patio—can prove just as entertaining. There's also a courtyard patio, whose quiet allows dates to whisper sweet nothings over dinner and drinks.
For an even swankier vibe, the restaurant's mezzanine level beckons larger parties to settle into its low-lit booths. Don't schedule your book club meeting on a Wednesday night, however—that's when team trivia gets heated downstairs.