Band of brothers
Originally opened in June of 2008, Midpoint is run by a pair of brothers — one in the kitchen and one behind the books. Though they took a break in January 2009, they’re back in action with a newly renovated space and a fresh menu. The bistro offers a static menu of bar food late into the evening, but their prix fixe menu reflects the events of the evening. If, for example, a Latin band is performing, a couple meal options might include antojitos or a black bean dip.
Meals for the masses
A key factor in the re-imagining of the bistro’s reputation as a restaurant was affordability. Midpoint aims to serve “peasant meals.” This means their dishes provide diners with heaping servings at reasonable prices. Their prix fixe meals are always under $20 and their all-night bar menu includes cheap and easy options like donuts, churros and similar snacks. As far as drinks go, you can find imports like Erdinger and Stiegl. Cocktails are also available, as is an affordable house red wine.
The bar is a relatively small space, but a big part of it is devoted to a performance stage. Midpoint hosts weekly karaoke, as well as open mic nights. The hip-hop flavour of the bistro (the interior is decorated with graffiti art) means these evenings are a forum for a lot of fresh, local spoken word and freestyle rhythms. Live music is usually booked a couple of nights a week, with a DJ on hand to spin when there’s nothing major scheduled.