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As you walk past the double doors and smiling hostess of this Yonge and Eglinton gem (there's also another location at Broadview and Queen), your first sensory experience is the sight of a circular bar surrounded by tables and booths. Prime real estate for their impressive selection of beers. Personally, I jump between the Hawaiian Big Wave Golden Ale (light bodied but flavourful) and the Belgian Houblon Chouffe (an India Pale Ale with hops and a punch).
Your footsteps move with the rhythm of 70’s and 80’s hits and you gaze at the nostalgic art form above the bar that is music video. As “U Can’t Touch This” plays at just the perfect volume – loud enough to rap along with, but quiet enough to comment on the vibe – you glance at the tables and booths as the hostess leads you behind the bar, past the second bar, and to the back patio.
The only thing that trumps Prohibition’s taste in music and lively atmosphere is their food. If after considering every item on the menu you still want one of everything – but are on one of those “diets” I’ve been hearing about, you can close your eyes and leave decision making to the universe. You won’t be disappointed (just avoid accidentally picking a side dish).
The best way to describe their menu is haute cuisine meets pub food. A few noteworthy and eye/stomach-catching selections are the Duck Confit Poutine, Chicken Tatsuta, and my current go-to favourite: Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese (I have a bit of thing for sandwiches). The dishes marry the simple to the complex in a comfortably experimental way. You’ll be familiar with most of the menu, but you won’t anticipate how what comes from the kitchen will reform your idea of pub grub.
I'd like to take a moment to gush about this particular dish. Pulled pork and smoked applewood cheddar lie nestled between asiago-encrusted sourdough. While the crisp bread and pork are perfectly salted on their own, a dive in the two containers on the side - one with raspberry jam, the other with a sour cream-ish jalapeño spread - balances the flavours like an olympic gymnast performing a horse routine. The sweetness of the jam adds a dimension of flavour to the pork while the jalapeño kicks the cheddar up the scoville scale. A muffled applause leaves your mouth with every bite.
Whether you're a foodie, in need of a few drinks, or looking for a low key place to mellow after work, Prohibition Gastrohouse is a brunch-to-dinner joint worth hanging out in. And don't forget their two rounds of happy hour(s) from 5-7, and again from 10-11.
Walk in, unwind, enjoy.