The restaurant is all about charcuterie (cured meat being smokin' hot with foodies at the moment). Though, admittedly, in the last year, interest in the trend has already fizzled a bit.
And that's what the Black Hoof really is: a place that capitalizes on cool. The tiny restaurant is nothing special, the wood-encased back patio is cramped, the sweaty servers are young and a bit bored and snooty. The food is... well, it's delicious. But it's also not for everyone.
What can I say? I like meat. I LOVE meat. And I love charcuterie. I'm not afraid of it. Pork-belly pastrami with a side of crispy pig's ears? Bring it on.
The place, despite humble looks, isn't cheap. Two people who really want to eat can expect to spend $100 (including wine). Nonetheless, I would recommend it for a special treat if you're a carnivore like I am.
Be aware, however, that the place turns into a bit of a bar late at night. It seems to be where all the city's coolest servers go to hang out once their shifts end. So if you're going to go and aren't interested in interrupting hipster revelry, go a bit early.
The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M6J 1W3
* Salami photo by Gabriella Fabbri from Stock Xchng.