For all you beer aficionados who have had to endure countless wine-centric dinners out, your time has come. Laffio on Beach Road not only serves a hefty selection of premium brews, but food that is designed to pair with it, giving the unlikely duo of beer and top-notch dining a chance in the spotlight.
The vibrant, hip digs of Laffio’s diner is telling of the dining experience here – a delightful hodgepodge of seemingly incongruous things that somehow come together beautifully. A massive chalkboard hails all of the day’s imaginative specials and beers, facing a room otherwise full of industrial textures. A rainbow of steel chairs line low-slung round tables that can be pulled into formations for any size group. The place settings feature the usual tools, plus a plastic ice cream scoop and wooden chop sticks for good measure. The approach is casual and humourous, as if keying into an inside joke among friends, with the brilliant food as the punchline you never saw coming.
Serving comfort food at its finest means a major role for breakfast staples like Waffles (here, served with Earl Grey Caramel or Marshmallow Sauce blurring the lines with Dessert), Benedicts, and even freshly baked bread. From the later in the day selections, the Dry Rub Steak is jam packed with flavours of burnt garlic and rich marrow sauce. The signature Fish and Chips are served with a smoked cauliflower puree that puts tartar sauce to shame. The Nom Noms or “light bites” section seems to be a joke in itself, with such can’t-stop selections as Truffle Waffle Fries, Pork Belly with Achar, and even fried up Spam.
Accompanying beers are subject to change according to the whim of management, but from what we can tell based off the Belgian brews and English pale ales on offer, they have great taste. With lip-smacking desserts, three-course lunch sets starting at $12.99, and free flow coffee and tea during brunch, Laffio is the kind of place you can see yourself spending a lot of time at, for great beer, tasty grub and plenty of lafs! (Oct 2014)