Famous for its many different types of local craft ciders, this bar/restaurant is undoubtedly a place to choose by anybody interested in the gastronomic culture of wherever they visit. Right in the heart of the metropolis, in the historical “Harbord Village”, Her Father’s Cider Bar, open all week, provides its clients with unforgettable tasting experiences.
Run by Josh Mott, who has been surrounded by cider culture from a very young age (difficult to avoid when your family owns Beaver Valley, an Ontario craft cider producer), this is the first bar in Toronto entirely dedicated to the craft products of Ontario while also serving an international cider range, whether tinned or bottled.
With over 130 varieties, cider already rivals beer in terms of popularity and deploys some of the typical national fruits combined with longstanding processes for the alcoholic fermentation of these fruits. However, for those new to this drink, we would suggest that you begin with a highly flavoursome and original trio: The flight — a cocktail made of the Twin Pines, Shirley Pinot Noir and Thornbury ciders.
The bar also serves dinner and brunch menus and the dishes not only incorporate many of the culinary traditions of Ontario but also draw on fresh local produce, in keeping with the season prevailing, and in addition to some highly exotic fish.
Among other tasty and tempting proposals, the chef suggests “Pan Roasted Arctic Char”, an Artic fish dish with a flavour that oscillates between salmon and trout accompanied by cauliflower purée, pear, fermented radish and lion’s mane mushrooms.
Try it, it’s worth every mouthful!
Her Father’s Cider Bar + Kitchen
119 Harbord St.
Original text by Humberta Araújo/ English version by Kevin Rose/ Photos by Humberta Araújo