With grocery bills skyrocketing, gas prices dismal and a night out on the town requires a bank loan going out in the city is no easy feat. While we want good food, potent drinks and a chill vibe in most places it comes at a cost a lot of people don’t want to fork over.
That’s where The Dime is the perfect new opening at just right time. Part of the restaurant group behind The Warehouse and El Furniture Warehouse they do all the same things that make both of these parent spots popular but with it’s own attitude. Modelled to be look uncivilized with dark lighting, wood saloon-style bar seating and biker-chic remnants strewn about The Dime offers the look of big attitude but with none of the bite.
Don’t let the rough around the edges staff scare you for they are equally friendly and talented. While the modern indie jams pound overhead enjoy a creatively curated and reasonably priced cocktail both sophisticated and strong. And given the punch they pack the menu is a necessity. This is where the party really begins with each dish costing a mere $4.95. And I’m not talking bar nuts or roasted chickpeas. Instead the kitchen is pumping out substantially sized dishes full of amazing flavour.
Taco’s are always a popular choice and you can order three from the likes of baja shrimp (above), al pastor or jerk chicken.
The Sunset Blvd flatbread is part pizza, part salad and can easily fill a lone diner. The tart and tangy balsamic reduction is so delicious you would not be judged if you use the crusts to wipe up every last drop from the plate.
Typical bar food can be found on the menu like these chili tempura cauliflower bites, pierogies, burgers and more yet with a bunch a flavour far beyond the stereotype.
At first glance this asian noodle salad looks more carb than vegetable but if you can even get to the bottom of this dish you will be rewarded with greenery goodness. It Perfectly dressed in soy and lime your vegetarian friends can get in on the bottom barrel prices.
Probably the most mind boggling item on the menu is the tilapia with coconut rice and vegetables. This full size entree shows you just how thought-out the menu created by the talented the folks behind The Dime really is. With brunch coming soon Queen West has a popular new destination defying the neighbourhood price tag.
To avoid the lineups go early and stay for a while. With budget friendly prices, entertaining and lively staff, hot tunes and killer drinks spending all night won’t hit the wallet too hard. You’ll leave full, maybe a little drunk but without the buyer’s remorse.
538 Queen Street West