What’s on the menu at Otto’s Bierhalle, a German beer garden in the Great Hall
Name: Otto’s Bierhalle
Neighbourhood: Little Portugal
Contact: 1089 Queen St. W., 416-901-5472, ottosbierhalle.com, @ottosbierhalle
Previously: The Bristol
Owners: Nancy Chen, Konrad Droeske, Matt Eckensweiler, Thomas Masmejean (all of Otto’s Berlin Döner) and Nav Sangha (Miss Thing’s, Wrongbar)
Chef: Andrew Bailey (Concession Road, Böehmer, La Société) and Steve Nguyen (Otto’s Berlin Döner)
A meat-heavy menu of Bavarian and Alsatian specialities (sausages, schnitzel, rouladen, roasted ham hock) and sharing “feasts” made up of the same. But there are a few vegetarian dishes, as well, like spaetzle and cheese, and schnitzel made with halloumi or portobello mushrooms.
A dozen taps dedicated to local beers and another 12 to international ones, most of which are German. An extensive bottle list features interesting seasonal brews and higher-octane, aged beers. There’s a short wine menu, too, and rotating signature cocktails, some made with beer-based syrups.
In true biergarten style, many of the tables are long, communal ones. A bit of greenery brings the outdoors in, and, as shown below, one big red button brings the party to the washroom.