By fusing together a bistro, jazz club, and art gallery, The Gallery Studio Cafe remains dedicated to owner Derek Houghton's vision of supporting local artists. Chef Carol, The Gallery Studio Cafe's certified cuisine concocter, assembles an array of tapas, soups, sandwiches, and brunch fare in her open kitchen, allowing diners to watch as Carol preps their meals and sharpens her samurai swords for vegetable chopping. Comfy European white leather furniture cozies up beside the café's real fireplace amid canvases crafted by local and international artists displayed throughout the expansive gallery space. In addition to jazz performances four nights a week, ranging from Thursday-night acoustic renditions to Saturday-afternoon sessions, The Gallery Studio Cafe hosts abundant musical events, including swing music every second Wednesday of the month and whenever Fred Astaire's ghost drops by.
The Yummy Tummy Soup Company puts smiles on the faces of Toronto's tummies with its healthy, homemade chicken noodle soup and other assorted treats, delivered to a location of your choosing within the greater Toronto area (shipping costs apply). With this deal, you'll get Yummy Tummy's Simply Soup Package, a pre-made bundle of delicious doldrums-destroyers. The package contains a two-litre jar of Yummy Tummy chicken noodle soup and a package of Yummy Tummy crackers. Your additional batch of cookies offers a choice between the scratch-made “Best Ever Apple Crumble” cookie (especially delicious when heated) and the double-chocolate-cheesecake cookie, or get a half dozen of each. With its comfort-food warmth, this package is ideal for boosting the spirits of bummed-out best friends or for ramping up the recovery of flu-ridden family members quarantined in the town dungeon.
Wanting to fuse Mediterranean hospitality with modern elegance, the owners of Zemra Bar Lounge took design plans into their own hands, opening their walls and stage to local artists and musicians. Subdued light bounces off red and goldenrod walls dotted with paint, highlighting the friendly wait staff as they bustle between the dining room and kitchen. Inside the culinary chemistry lab, chefs Ghandour and Brunke prepare pastas, steaks, chops, and seafood from a menu of fine Pan-Mediterranean fare. To compliment the cuisine, the chefs recommend a variety of wines or one of the bar master's signature cocktails. Events such as the open mic on Wednesdays and live music on Fridays create a festive atmosphere while reflecting the local community, their talents, penchant for creativity, and ability to whistle in Italian.
Beneath Hrvati’s decorative collection of unique beer steins sits a 14-foot communal table that fosters the kind of conviviality seen in Croatia, where drinking is a social event. Bavarian beers from Paulaner and Spaten gush from foam-flecked taps beside their Croatian and Irish counterparts, chasing chews on a trim menu of gourmet Croatian fare designed by local chef Rodney Bowers. Balkan-style Ontario beef burgers stuffed with smoked mozzarella headline the menu, sating carnivorous cravings on a 40-seat patio or beneath the interior’s 50-inch TV, which broadcasts popular European sports such as soccer and competitive sausage casing. Toronto Life touts the space as “both lively and intimate, with nods to Croatia spotted on the walls [and] beer barrels dotted about.”
Underfoot and overhead, neon bulbs project violet, crimson, and fuchsia coloured light across the dancescape at Crown Bar & Lounge. Angular booths surround seated revellers who sip on cocktails and munch snacks while the room around them pulses with music. Shrouded by gauzy curtains, VIP and private party areas sequester guests with bottle service perks until they’re ready to hit the dance floor repeatedly with their feet.