Toronto's Lively Hot Spot WVRST, Offers Sausages, Craft Beer, and Communal Seating Perfect For A Night Out
WVRST, pronounced verst, is a giant indoor beer hall specializing in sausage and beer. It was loud, fun, and boisterous — and I can't wait to go back!
The menu is simple and all sausage, but wait... it's vegetarian friendly too! Heaven. With 25 varieties, they offer more types of sausage than I thought imaginable.
The menu features traditional offerings of beef/pork/lamb/veal sausages, but also has the options of chicken/turkey and nine game options including elk, duck, bison, boar, rabbit, and kangaroo. Yes, kangaroo.
WVRST also features vegetarian and vegan options like its black bean sausage with tofu, chipotle, and lime. The sausages are served either currywurst style, or on a roll. These are paired with more than 30 beer choices and the option of regular French fries or award-winning duck fat fries sprinkled with Maldon sea salt.
My party of 15 ordered everything. Everything! The standouts were the chorizo currywurst style, the guinea fowl, and the dirty duck fat fries (peppers, jalapeños, and sautéed onions topped with a WVRST special sauce). I shamelessly ate more than half the portion and would have ordered more if I wasn't trying to stay reasonably classy in front of my friends. I was impressed with the choice of not one, but two, unique dipping sauces that came with the fries — a homage to traditional Belgian style frites with mayo dip. The maple/rosemary and chipotle dips were our favorites. The former, sweet with a hint of rosemary and the latter, creamy and smokey, with a hint of spice.
Even though I don't drink, I know this place has an excellent beer selection. Just like any self-respecting Munich beer hall, WVRST is as much about food as it is about beer. Beers include local Toronto brews like Augusta Ale and Denison's, European and Japanese imports, 16 different craft brews on tap, and 17 different bottles and cans. This menu is sure to please Toronto's most serious beer connoisseurs.
With sausage and fries being the only two menu options, the range of combination between meats, toppings, and dipping sauces is impressive. While WVRST serves some mighty fine sausages, the styled decor and friendly staff make the dining experience even more pleasing.