Lifestyle & Parenting

Eastern Bloc

August 30, 2012

Torontonians, line your stomachs.

Brand new on the Queen East strip, Rakia Bar is the citys first watering-hole devoted to Eastern European brandy. Distilled from pure fermented fruit like plum, quince and apricot, this potent eau-de-vie is traditionally sipped before (during, after) a leisurely meal. Rakia offers 36 kinds and glass-vial flights are served on wooden boards with bells for quick refills. Warning: Sit in the plush, pillow-lined banquette and youll be tempted to try them all.

With an alcohol content tipping 40 per cent, this juice isnt for the faint of heart but it pairs perfectly with chef Brook Kavanaghs sharing platters of gamey cevapi sausages, duck leg paprikash and suckling pig.

We feel a warm glow coming over us. iveli! Marianne Wisenthal

1402 Queen Street E, Unit B, Toronto, 416-778-8800,


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