New Openings: Stir Kitchen & Beverage Co.
Stir Kitchen & Beverage Co. is a new restaurant located in a plaza along Hurontario St. just north of highway 403.
The spacious and open concept venue has exposed ceilings adorned with a myriad of chandeliers and ceiling art and is enveloped in warm colours making the space inviting. The large floor to ceiling windows of this corner unit allows a flood of natural sunlight into the space for the daytime crowd and in the evenings, the space is transformed with soft lighting and various wall mount fireplaces.
The restaurant features a large bar with large television screens (but not in an invasive kind of way), cozy booths, both low tables and high top tables, and a large private dining area which can seat up to seventy people.
Brian Meikle is a seasoned restaurateur with twenty restaurants under his belt since 1984. Stir is his seventh culinary venture in partnership with Faz Rajani, Ryan Elliot and Andrea Masny.
Opened on: November 12, 2015
Grand opening Date: November 19, 2015
What was in the space before you took it over? Crocodile Rock
Food Menu: Executive chef Hans Boadu has been working in kitchens for over seven years and Stir is his first role as the lead man having trained under Chef Olaf Mertens and Chef Nic Prong at Ten and working in numerous restaurant chains. The menu includes a number of starters including daily house-made mozzarella, chef's charcuterie (mixture of daily cured meats, bocconcini, house-made preserves and grilled naan bread), beer and kale dip (served with naan, cassava, beet chips and plantain chips), poutine (cheese curds, beer and butter braised mushrooms, applewood bacon and chipotle aioli).
You will also find a variety of salads, stone oven pizzas, and mains such as the Stir burger (a decadent burger made with an 8 oz patty topped with a truffle and mushroom duxelle, a grilled steak tip, and demi-glace on a grilled brioche bun as seen in the cover shot).
Other mains include grilled salmon (served on a bed of lentil succotash, caper relish, honey mustard syrup, and seasonal vegetables), Diablo chicken supreme (served with apple butter sauce, fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetables), steak frites (flank steak, house cut fries and truffle aioli) and others.
Hunter Schnitzel served with mushrooms, bacon, onions, roasted fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Drink Menu: Co-owner and mixologist Ryan Elliot developed the beverage menu which is separated into a cocktail section of signature drinks, old fashioned's, and classics, wine list and draughts. You can find 23 cocktails on the list, an international wine list with over 100 to choose from, and 32 rotating draughts. The most impressive on this large bevy menu are the well crafted cocktails using premium liquor and bitters. The vibrant Stir signature vodka/soda/cran includes Russian Prince vodka, cranberries, cranberry bitters and sugar. The rosewater & grapefruit bliss is a smooth combination of Dillon's Rosewater gin, fresh lemon juice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, heering black cherry liquor, egg white and rosewater. You can also try awake (Patron XO Cafe, Bailey's Irish Cream, Galliano, espresso), chai & cinnamon Manhattan (Knob Creek Rye, Hennessy VS, chai syrup, walnut bitters), elderflower martini (Dillon's unfiltered gin 22, St. Germaine, dry vermouth).
What’s Up and Coming? Live music Friday and Saturdays, website, daily features and occasional menus (i.e. lobster and game meats). A projector screen which can be used for major sporting events or corporate functions and the large wrap around patio.
Seats: 200 inside
Patio: Yes and it's huge! The wrap around patio can seat 140.