Bananas Caribbean Grill & Take-Out transports taste buds to exotic regions with a spread of authentic and colorful dishes. The restaurant features traditional Caribbean favorites, such as jerk and curry plates, and during the afternoon, it offers students a break with lunch specials that include an entrée and drink. To chase spicy bites, guests may sip on West Indian sodas or ginger beer, or slurp smoothies such as The Bolt, loaded with bananas and peanuts.
Tangles of aromatic spices drift through the dining room at New Mukut Fine Indian Restaurant, where couples gather for intimate meals and families share laughter and stories over classic Indian cuisine. Inside the richly decorated dining room, patrons sample an array of dishes, including well-simmered lamb biryani or delicate aloo peas. Throughout meals, an attentive service staff graces guests with hospitality, beckoning them to return to the dining room of their second location.
In the early 1900s, a small dairy farm occupied the land where the award-winning cabaret-restaurant Ferme Rouge now stands—but the mooing of cows has long since given way to the vibrato of singers and the smooth notes of saxophonist Jason Scott. Today the lively tunes of Las Vegas–style musical revues pay homage to the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, and performers such as Boom Desjardins and Marie-Chantal Toupin have taken the stage for stunning solo performances. Before or while watching the troubadours, guests feast on à la carte entrees ranging from filet mignon and new york strip steak to lobster and Atlantic salmon. These dishes balance on the arms of waiters who double as performers in the shows, which often boast a cast of 20 on Saturday. Diners can also serve themselves at a buffet that tempts tongues with more than 25 varieties of seafood, taking a bit of everything instead of consulting their magic 8 ball to decide on just one entree.
Rivalling the seafood buffet and stage for guests’ attention, a 1/2-scale replica of Columbus’s Santa Maria docks beneath the chandeliers of the cabaret’s maroon-walled and wood-panelled dining room. Commissioned from Seville to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s journey, the ship sprawls into the second floor and attic and is functional enough to sail across Poseidon’s bathtub if given the chance.
D'Arcy McGee's combines Irish hospitality, pub favourites, and global twists. Digest the menu tome of lunches and dinners before ingesting palate preppers such as potato and bacon grillbread ($12.99), or dig into mild, medium, or hot chicken wings in one pound ($10.99) or two pound ($19.99) parcels. The house specialty fish 'n' chips ($10.99–$13.99) provides a round-trip-worthy taste of the coast of Eire without having to spend weeks in steerage. Alternately, give canines a proper chomp-for with a half-pound Guinness burger ($14.99), where freshly ground prime rib serves as the juicy bedrock for a mountain of Cahill's Guinness cheddar, roasted red peppers, and sautéed mushrooms.
Natural light floods Iron Empire Gym’s workout space, which is populated with a weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and machines to work out every muscle in the human body. Treadmills, stair climbers, and ellipticals also fill the space to accommodate cardiovascular requirements.
Sawa Sushi’s chefs must have memories as sharp as their knife skills—the restaurant and sake bar’s menu lists more than 190 rolls, sashimi dishes, and entrees. There’s also an all-you-can-eat menu for the very hungry or the very indecisive. Diners can select from endless legions of rolls that incorporate spicy salmon, mackerel, pumpkin tempura, flying-fish roe, or pickled radish, among a slew of options. On the hot side of the menu, noodles swim with cuts of chicken, beef, or seafood.
While patrons diners busily destroy the visual appeal of creations such as the Red Dragon roll—a shrimp-tempura roll topped with salmon and arranged beside a dragon’s head made of orange peel—or a platter of heart-shaped maki, they can sip sake or Japanese beer from the 15 taps that sprout from a handsome brick-backed bar. The loft-like dining room that surrounds it is sleek and minimalistic, all the better to watch chefs piecing together avocado, mango, and delicate cuts of fish at the open sushi bar.