I have wanted to eat at Antler ever since the “controversy” of the chef butchering and eating game meat in front of vegan protestors. I also appreciated his recent posts against bill C-21 and was hoping to meet him in person. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to do so as he was at a private event. Still, the food was amazing!
We opted to sit at the counter where the infamous vegan show took place.
We started with the venison tartare, which definitely had a game meat flavour.
As main dishes, we had the venison loin…I could have eaten two of these lol (Strider AR for size comparison)
And bison rib eye.
Hard to pick between the two though I would give a slight edge to the venison but the bison was a bigger meal and the side dishes (mushrooms, potatoes, garlic rapini etc.) were also great
For dessert we had the smoked chocolate mousse
And egg nog flan
As in the case of our main dishes, both were excellent, but I did have a preference for one of them, in this case the chocolate mousse.
Antler was also kind enough to give me a “birthday cake” lol…quite different than my John Wick gun cake for my 50th last year.
I capped it off with their Duck a L’Orange cocktail
Full description of our meals
Controversy aside, does Antler live up to its reputation for food? You bet! If you are into game meat like bison, wild boar, venison, foie gras, etc. Antler is definitely worth a visit.