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Kitchener’s Tasty New Hot Spot

Benjamin Lillico, the Executive Chef for The Rich Uncle Tavern located in downtown Kitchener, graciously extended an invitation to experience the newly revived dining space (formerly The Berlin).  I, of course, accepted with excitement and jotted the night in my calendar. After all, the city of Kitchener is my hometown, and I have already heard so many great things about this place. A feeling of pride overcomes me when I see the downtown modernizing and growing into an actual marketplace where locals can come for shopping, socializing and dining on fabulous (and true quality) food.

The Rich Uncle Tavern Restaurant

Left photo courtesy of The Rich Uncle Tavern

The Rich Uncle Tavern is built on hearty live-fire fare and shareable snacks that pay homage to the brasseries and taverns of yesteryear, with charming and comfortable surroundings. The lively individuals who work here are the most pleasant and friendly people, and you will immediately feel like you’re amongst friends. You may stop to enjoy lunch, dinner, a more casual bar menu, and uniquely crafted cocktails here.

The Rich Uncle Tavern Open Kitchen

Benjamin spoiled me as I had the opportunity to sample quite a few items on the menu for my dinner while watching the open-concept kitchen, alive with activity. There is also seating options at the bar, the upstairs study, the cozy booths, or the outdoor patio facing King Street. The Rich Uncle Tavern also provides catering services and accommodates private events, so they really do provide it all.

I left full and happy that evening, knowing I’d recommend this spot to anyone who appreciates a true foodie experience. If you are looking for a merry ol’ time with a sort of Peaky Blinders, feel that you should undoubtedly hit this spot straight away!

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll – brioche, radish, aioli

Beef Tenderloin

Beef Tenderloin – Wood-fired mushroom, potato pave, parsnip, red wine jus, watercress

Smoked Duck Breast – confit leg, cherry gel, seasonal vegetables, grains, sherry gastrique

Benjamin Lillico, Executive Chef

Pan Seared Halibut – clam and tomato chowder

Truffle Gnocchi – Parmigiano, mozzarella, mascarpone, herbs as an appetizer Roasted carrot salad – sunflower seed goat yogurt as an appetizer

Layered Chocolate Mousse – cocoa tuille, raspberry, pistachio

3 Piece-Macarons

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The Rich Uncle Tavern


The Rich Uncle Tavern
45 King St W
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1A1

Open from Sun, Tues and Wed from 11 – 10 and Thurs – Sat 11 – 12.