Sky Restaurant hoists into the heavens a double-pronged menu of bar fare and hearty entrees, all the while outfitting its cozy sports-themed eatery with earthy wood accents, sports photography, and dartboards beckoning a friendly game. Grab a plate of their famous huge wings ($10 for one pound) or an order of original poutine ($10) and stay to catch the Maple Leafs zip across on one or all 15 plasma TVs. Football fanciers can stop by for the Monday night game, garnishing their gullets with beer-battered fish and frites ($12) or a Sky Burger ($14)—an eight-ounce beef patty paired with a two-ounce filet mignon. For soccer fans, Sky's subscription to the Setanta Sports network can help meet recommended viewing requirements of chiseled thighs and theatrical faux injuries.
For nearly 35 years, the seafood specialists at John's Fish N Chips have fed locals a menu of made-to-order Atlantic and Pacific catches. With cooking secrets earned by beating Poseidon at arm wrestling, chefs prepare ocean inhabitants including halibut, calamari, and orange roughy one of three ways: battered; grilled with butter, herbs, and spices; or breaded in a house-made breadcrumb blend. For à la carte diners, comestibles range from a comforting grilled cheese to six jumbo shrimp accompanied by seafood sauce. John's also dispenses imported and domestic wine and beer, allowing diners to refresh their palates between improvising nautically themed haikus.
Vintage One Wines puts the power of winemaking into the hands of Toronto's toasters. With this offer, clients have the opportunity to guide a malbec or chardonnay into flavourful fruition from grapes sourced from the vineyards of Chile and Argentina. The process begins with a tour of Vintage One Wines' 10,000-square-foot facility, followed by a one-on-one consultation with a professional winemaker. From there, clients can use a monthly production calendar to be as hands on as they like throughout the entire two-month winemaking process, including fermentation, filtration, and stabilization, or they can just let the wine take its own course while they spend the interim traversing the globe on a falcon-guided vision quest.
Frank Naworynski had a passion for food. He also had a passion for customer service, a trait that he made abundantly clear as the owner of Kipling Tire in Etobicoke. But when Frank opened his automobile-service shop in 1982, he probably had no idea that, someday, it would become a meeting place for both of his passions.
After Frank passed away, his sons, Jason and Justin, lifted inspiration from their dad’s list of favourite things and opened a restaurant connected to a car shop. Before, Kipling Tire featured a large room for customers to wait while their cars were getting repaired or psychoanalyzed. In June 2012, Jason and Justin transformed that space into a sleek, warmly decorated dining area, complete with chocolate-covered walls and tables. There, the Naworynski brothers honour their late father with artfully plated dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all while carrying on Frank’s knack for unabashed customer service.
Under the guidance of new management, Mirch Mandarin's kitchen squad uses specialty spices and ingredients to concoct dishes in the culinary traditions of North India, South India, and Hakka China. Recipes culled from the South Indian shores feature seafood and meats marinated in yogourt that are rendered succulent in a traditional clay oven. Diners can sample Hakka cuisine with specialty spices such as rare Kashmir chilies and a house-made mysore chutney. Reflecting a commitment to unite varied cultures, cuisines, and people, Mirch Mandarin also dishes up halal meals alongside a kids menu that caters to the special dietary needs of toddlers going through a growth spurt.
At Rocco's Plum Tomato Trattoria, the scents of grilled veggies, pesto and tomato-basil sauces, and morsels of seafood, chicken, and veal beckon to passersby. Rocco's—an Italian restaurant with Islington Avenue and The Queensway locations—exudes an elegant yet approachable quality, like a billionaire uncle or a golden retriever wearing a crown. Amid brick walls peppered with modern art, you might find guests dining on crispy pizzas topped with shaved salami or tiger shrimp in white-wine-and-butter sauce. Each dish pleases eyes as much as taste buds, the artful presentation of caprese salad, lobster risotto, or warm goat cheese creating a tabletop display that complements the colourful wall hangings.