Swaths of red and black cover the multilevel ceiling and walls of Joey’s Urban, and matte canvas photos of Joey's food hang on the walls. Contemporary music plays on the speakers, and LCD screens display sporting contests above the heads of patrons consuming fried fish and tacos. Fish 'n' chip meals sear a quarter-pound piece of cod ($12) or halibut ($16) in a crisp, fried coating. The included natural-cut fries with sea salt can be upgraded to classic poutine for an extra $2 and smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Patrons can also select from five flavors of à la carte tacos including ahi tuna or mexi-chicken ($4.50).
Beecher Street Café exudes neighbourhood charm with a line-up of internationally inspired eats accented by house-made soups, sauces, and dressings. A team of Kobe beef sliders ($15) dressed in smoked gouda, blue cheese, apple cheddar, caramelized onions, and garlic aioli emerge from the kitchen to mediate conflicts between restless stomachs and eyes that leisurely peruse the café’s extensive menu. Celebrate hard-fought solitaire victories with a house-crafted champagne cream sauce poured over wild salmon ($24) with scallops and caviar. Dinnertime liberators can feast on free-range chicken breast ($22) in a parmesan horseradish crust. The mint-infused merlot reduction flavours a half-rack of dijon-crusted lamb ($34). Complement entrees with enthusiastic plate-licking and a glass of Argentinian malbec ($8.50) or Italian pinot grigio ($9.25). Like a pinstriped tracksuit, the Limoncello float ($9.75) radiates both class and playfulness, masquerading as a drink and a dessert with soda and Limoncello poured over vanilla bean gelato, fresh fruit, and mint. Check out brunch and lunch menus for earlier dining options.
Surf & Turf specializes in fresh-from-the-market seafood and meats, which are prepared quickly with seasonal ingredients and local produce. Divided into lunch and dinner, the menu presents several mix-and-match options, such as the skewer meal, which invites diners to ceremoniously vote for any six meat kebabs, plus a fountain drink ($10). Offerings include souvlaki chicken, tandoori turkey, and salmon. Surf & Turf can coat its skewered selections with a bevy of glazes, protecting short ribs or prawns from UV rays with a carapace of teriyaki sauce or extra-strength apple barbecue sauce. A rotating selection of seasonal teas stands by to slake thirsts and lubricate throats ($2).
Curry Sensation celebrates the rich culinary heritage of India with a menu that spans many of the subcontinent?s diverse regions. The bistro lays out an extensive spread of tandoori-baked chicken and lamb, fresh seafood curries, fluffy loaves of stuffed naan, and colourful vegetable stews. Artfully arranged tapas plates sate smaller appetites or giant appetites for sharing with batter-fried fish pakora and chili-dusted paneer cubes. Main courses include Indian favourites, such as basmati-rice biryani, butter chicken, and okra masala. Matching the rich flavour profiles, the interior swims with crimson curtains, clay-toned walls, and hardwood floors. There, dining guests sip wine and cocktails, break loaves of spinach-filled naan, and sword fight with skewers of lamb kebab.
A cozy picture of Tudor revivalist design, the lakeside Hart House Restaurant purveys creative menus full of exquisite dinner, lunch, and brunch delicacies lauded for their casual elegance. Sophisticated dishes include seared salmon with saffron fennel puree and beef tenderloin. During warmer months, guests can enjoy creative fare on the patio with a Pimm's Cup or a local wine before cracking into a vanilla bean cr?me br?l?e.
Seasonal events celebrate fresh, local fare. Hart House's glass-walled lakeside cottage, sprawling green backyard, and second-storey private rooms also make it an ideal location for business meetings, weddings, and reenactments of The English Patient.
A vivid mural covers a corner of Baci Ristorante, colouring the wall in European street scenes that, when paired with a menu of rich pastas and fine wines, evokes the spirit of Italy. Live music and dancing furthers the convivial atmosphere wherein guests can thumb through a large menu of Italian favourites at lunch or dinner. In addition to à la carte pizzas, seafood dishes, and appetizers, Baci Ristorante creates prix fixe group menus that sate larger parties or a single hungry strongman on his night off.