When I heard that a new pub in Mile End was being compared to my go-to spot and coup de coeur, La Buvette Chez Simone, I knew I had to check it out.
Situated on Saint-Laurent corner Saint-Joseph, Sir Joseph is a British-inspired gastropub serving upscale pub fare and drinks perfect for 5-à-7. Opened over a month ago by local chefs Louis-Philippe Breton and Martin Juneau, the bar boasts organic wines and homemade cocktails that pair nicely alongside their light dishes.
As I walk in, I notice the decor is similar to many of the city's wine bars due to its industrial and rustic mélange. It is spacious yet intimate with high chairs, mismatched lights suspended from the ceiling, and white brick walls. Luckily, we arrive after the happy hour crowd and are met by friendly, attentive staff. With ample seating in the centre near the bar, we are able to get a good view of the space.
For drinks, you can't go wrong by ordering a glass of bubbly, a cider, or a beer on tap; however some of their mixed drinks need work. A rather mediocre Pimm's Cup requires more of a kick for lovers of the liqueur.
Feeling only slightly hungry our knowledgeable waitress suggests the turkey wings with BBQ sauce. The four pieces slathered in spicy sauce are just right – and super tasty. Oysters, thick-cut fries, fish n' chips, as well as charcuterie and cheese platters à l'ardoise also make up the menu. For dessert, the sticky toffee pudding is delectable but definitely would have been a ten were it served warm. We are informed that the sweets are baked at Juneau's Pastaga and delivered daily.
Garnering its own buzz after just one month, this place will surely become a popular fave joining the ranks of Buvette and other much-loved locales in the area.