ZooM Restaurant - Toronto
Just wanted to post about Zoom Restaurant in Toronto - at the corner of Yonge & King St, smack-dab in the middle of downtown. I've been there a few times now and have been quite impressed with the food. One of the chefs was trained by Susur Lee and it shows. The menu borrows flavours and ingredients from all over the world, with a greater emphasis on South America than I have seen in most "fusion" restaurants. They do, however, also include Asian flavours. I have been very happy with every dish I've had there over the last few months (this period incuded a menu change). The food is very creative and extremely well executed. They also have a flair for dramatic food presentation. The wine list is reasonable, although I usually stick with beer (I adore fine wine, but this is my silent protest against restaurant wine mark-ups!).
Another major bonus of ZooM is the setting. It is housed in a huge old bank building with soaring ceilings and large decorative hanging metallic spheres. Very dramatic and elegant. "Cool" is the word...
On the downside, service can sometimes be a little too casual, although this is variable.
Price is almost on par with the city's more expensive restaurants, with main courses running from the low 20's to the mid-30's.
A hint: If you want a relatively inexpensive sampling of their food, sit in their beautiful lounge area (no reservations accepted) and order off their tapas menu. Beware: While the lounge food is excellent, the service is down-right snarky (and not representative of the service in the dining room). You don't get a proper waiter, of course, but, rather, a bartender who thinks she's too cool to take your order!