Next time I’m in Toronto, I’m eating at Antler.
I’d never heard of the small neighbourhood restaurant until vegans protesting outside of the Dundas St. West location got a taste of their own medicine and screamed that it was so awful that someone would protest against them.
Turns out local Toronto activists have been showing up on Saturday nights for some time because they don’t like what is on the menu, mainly game meat and local or regional ingredients.
Don’t you remember hearing live and let live growing up?
I know that I did. There is no way that I want to force vegans to have a cheeseburger so why do they want me to give up the possibility of eating Chef Michael Hunter’s Bruce Country Ontario Venison – a roasted prime cut with Moroccan spiced ragout, cous cous and sesame dressing in favour of a soy burger?
Most vegetarians and vegans I know have little interest in forcing me to give up meat, they make their choices and I make mine. But not these activists.
So during a protest that appears to have happened on March 24, 2018, Chef Hunter had seen enough, he went to the kitchen, grabbed a deer leg and finished butchering it at a table in the front window. When not reaching for the smelling salts and complaining that Hunter was antagonizing them, the protesters actually appear to have asked police to go speak to him to make him stop.
THEY HAVE BEEN OUTSIDE HIS RESTAURANT FOR WEEKS, OR LONGER, AND HE IS ANTAGONIZING THEM?
I don’t expect you to watch the full video but listen to a bit of the whining from these protesters.
Well Michael Hunter’s stunt at the window drew more protests this past weekend and a bigger crowd came out. In typical media fashion the reporters were all on the side of the protesters. In my near twenty years experience this is always the case until the protesters physically attack the reporters, which I’ve seen.
Anyway, a bigger crowd and more sympathetic coverage of people that want to shove their views and way of life down my throat like the geese and ducks they are trying to save from becoming foie gras.
The award to most horrid media story must go to City News, which makes these people that are trying to dictate their own dietary choices to the rest of us seem like heroes trying to end modern day slavery. You can watch the video below, but I don’t recommend it, might turn you off your next meal of yummy meat.
Bottom line is, Antler seems like a fine place to eat. Chef Michael Hunter is trying to showcase the best of the wild game and regional ingredients that Ontario has to offer. And I’m betting it tastes freaking awesome.
Maybe when I go I should take a vegan protester.