2 nights in Toronto...restaurant & bar suggestions
Wife and I are are in town Mon and Tues (Staying downtown on King St West.)
Looking for some recommendations...we own a fine dining restaurant (tamaripgh.com) and are looking for the best Toronto has to offer.
Definite stops on the itinerary include...
Black Hoof & Barchef
Hoping for some suggestions for 1 lunch spot, 1 dinner & a cool bar for late nite
Since your restaurant is latin/asian, here is another recommendation for Origin. Its a mix of mainly those plus some other influences. They have seats in front of the kitchen. The room is cool, the plating is nice, the food comes out quickly, and my experience is the execution is solid. For a quick and excellent lunch spot I recommend a thai place called Khao San Road. Get resos for both places. You'll enjoy the Black Hoof.
The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
Khao San Road
326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA
thanks for all the recommendations...absolutely love Toronto!
Day 1: dinner at Black Hoof...exactly what I was looking for. One of the most enjoyable meals i had in a while. jen the owner took great care of us and then sent us to see Dave @ the harbord room for cocktails.
While we didn't dine at harbord room, Dave the bartender makes some fantastic cocktails including the best Last Word i've ever had. Dave just happens to be the president of the new toronto chapter of the Canada bartender Assoc and really took great pride in the crafting of classic long forgotten cocktails.
Dave then sent us to see Gord @ the drake who whipped up this tequila mezcal cocktail that knocked me on my ass. Really enjoyed the scene at the drake.
Day 2: checked out Origin...not overly impressed. food was beautifully plated but lacked flavor and depth.
Then checked out Lee...the crispy tofu was spectacular but the braised beef was nearly inedible. on a high note, I got a chance to chat and talk shop with chef susur.
Next was Goodnight Bar...we made reservations but on a tues night it was not necessary. While I liked the concept...the person behind the bar is the key component to the experience there. The mixologist was on his 3rd day there and left all alone. I asked for a few classic cocktails and his reply was "idk...man you know more drinks then i do!" which i not the answer i was hoping for. I'm sure with a more knowledgeable mixologist, it would have been better.
barchef was the next stop. nice laid back vibe and frankie the owner was mixing the drinks. its always a pleasure talking to someone with such a passion for their craft. I applaud his dedication to changing conventional wisdom and raising the bar in our industry. While a $45 manhattan and a $25 mojito may not be everyone's cup of tea, it was great to see the same innovation applied to cocktails as chefs have done with food.
Already looking forward to the next trip to check out the thompson, dolce social and the toronto temperance society
here are some of the local watering holes (and some of them have some pretty decent eats as well) and which bands are playing.
We have a decent live music scene here....
Alex Rodriguez Trio Naco Gallery Cafe
Bernie Senensky, Gene Perla, Ben Riley Orbit Room
Boot Knives Drake Hotel
Chris Staig & the Marquee Players Mitzi’s Sister
Ciaran O'Shea Cloak & Dagger Pub
Cover Me Canada Open Mic The Painted Lady
Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra Rex
DJs Jorge & Jared The Piston
DJs Topher & Orang Insomnia
Douglas Fairbanks Jr Bovine Sex Club
Elvis Monday Drake Hotel
The English Beat Mod Club
The Hamstrung Stringband The Local
Ice & Yolanda The Ossington
Kevin Quain's Gutbucket Lounge Graffiti’s
Rynecologist The Social
The Sure Things Dakota Tavern
This is Awesome Tranzac
Toast, the Aviators, Jillian Bradley Horseshoe
Tova Kardonne Emmet Ray Bar
White Lung, Nu Sensae, Pregnancy Scares, Dentata, Total Trash Parts & Labour
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
The Emmet Ray
924 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA
Parts & Labour
1566 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R, CA
You may have some trouble with dinner Monday night - many restaurants closed, so call ahead
1. George - high end; wonderful food; get a seat on the lovely back patio; to me one of the nicest restaurants in Toronto
2. Origin - pretty casual, small plates style, great side patio, interesting food, fun restaurant
3. Colborne Lane - same chef owner as Origin, but totally different experience, I think they do a tasting menu
4. Enoteca Sociale - a bit more casual, great solid food
Don't bother with Terroni - pizza with a side of server attitude
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
Enoteca Sociale on Dundas West and Scaramouche for dinner
Terroni on back patio on Queen West and Origin for lunch
Ossington pub crawl for late night - Sweaty Betty's, Reposada, Communist Daughter and The Dakota.
Few choices for you - enjoy your visit!
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA