Corbin Tomaszeski announced as new ROM Executive Chef, designing new menus for both C5 and the Food Studio Cafe
From the ROM website:
Chef Corbin is designing new menus for ROM foodservices including c5 Restaurant Lounge, serving thoughtful, elegant world cuisine atop the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Food Studio Café, a creative eatery featuring global home cooking for the whole family, and the ROM’s resident catering service, c5 Catering.
On Friday, November 18, ROM Members are invited to a Member Preview of Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World. A special Maya inspired prix fixe dinner menu, created just for Members by Chef Corbin, will be available in c5 Restaurant during the Member Preview only. And, as a special treat while you dine, Members will have the opportunity to meet the ROM's new Executive Chef, Corbin Tomaszeski. Members will receive a 10% discount. Book your dinner reservations today by calling the Members' c5 Restaurant reservation line at 416.586.8095.
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA
C5 Restaurant Lounge
100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M5S 266, CA
Good on Corbin. Fact is, the ROM needs to ditch Compass for an all-Canadian food service company. Not happy about my membership $ and the Ontario taxpayers' $ going to a bloated multinational with some "issues" of its own. Surely there's local talent enough to run this rather small show without Compass?
The ROM also needs to downshift a bit on prices in its restos. Not much value.
Hmm.. Someone in another thread posted that C5 told them they weren't going to be serving dinner after a certain date in early November and focusing on event space for evenings.... I just looked at the link posted above and it looks like that is confirmed (despite this prix fixe dinner menu being offered) in this section:
c5 Restaurant Lounge is a striking 120-seat venue located at the pinnacle (Level 5) of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the renowned Daniel Libeskind-designed addition to the ROM. With interior design by II by IV Design Associates, c5’s crisp, sunlit dining room and sophisticated, trend-forward lounge set the stage for elegant lunch and brunch dining.
Last line says "elegant lunch and brunch dining" ... So no more dinner
I'm not surprised that they're focusing on brunch and lunch.
Unlike New Yorkers, who will visit The Moderne, The Moderne's Bar Room and Cafe Sabarsky when the museums' collections are closed, Torontonians don't seem to think about eating at galleries and museums once the collections are closed. I dined at Frank a couple weeks ago, and it was extremely quiet on a Tuesday night. I wouldn't be surprised if Frank started limiting the days that it offers dinner.
The ROM and AGO both used to operate restaurants that were destination restaurants in TO. Agora was at its peak before The Modern was getting raves, and before the Neue Galerie or Cafe Sabarsky opened, at a time when NYC museums were not serving particularly interesting food. Right now, both Frank and C5 seem to have become upscale pit stops rather than destination restaurants.
Why is it such a crime on this Board to compare TO to NYC, or any other city?
The current economy put the hurt on both C5 and Frank. Their traffic looks way down thanks to that, apart from any menu missteps. The vibe at each, especially the ROM, isn't that welcoming. They're just not connecting consistently with any market.
Like I said above, I'm thinking the new ROM management will bring on something better all round.
BTW, can't wait to see the new Art of Arab Lands galleries at the Met.
I was there earlier this week, service has deteriorated. An amuse of their truffle potato chips was amusing as there was barely one for everyone a the table. The new menu is interesting , prices are more reasonable but portions very small. Fries are served cold and limp. Desserts very nice. Too bad dinner is gone. Hopefully this is all a work in progress.
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