In 1828, Reuben Burr sold his property to a family of wealthy carriage makers, the Cosfords, who christened their new home with the name Oakland Hall. More than 170 years and several owners, purposes, and names later, Tom and Irene Ntoulas transformed Burr's homestead into the Oakland Hall Inn, a fine-dining restaurant whose history complements its classic, upscale food. Chef Charyk plucks flavour and inspiration from the herb garden behind the inn, culls Ontario-sourced veggies and lamb, and brings in specialty cheeses, venison, quail, and perfect French pronunciation from Quebec. He aims to surprise his guests with flavours they've never tried, and more than 200 Old and New World wines ensure that each new experience is expertly paired with a delightful vintage.
Surrounded by the colors of the warm Italian sun, diners at Mamma Mia Trattoria feast on authentic wood-fired pizzas and sauce-slathered meats and pastas. Inside the cozy dining room, servers present plates of fresh spinach gnocchi, mushroom risotto, and veal-stuffed ravioli, pouring red and white wines into awaiting chalices for romantic dates and ceremonial pasta sacrifices. During lunch, chefs also line hot paninis with homemade meatballs or grilled Italian sausage.
Play Pizzeria & Pub puts a spin on traditional pub food, focusing its attention on fresh ingredients, made-from-scratch sauces, and nothing deep-fried. Inside, exposed stone envelops visits in a rugged framework, wrapping around the pub's bar and a large pizza oven that looms behind the scenes. Framed sports memorabilia lines the walls above tables and booths, where diners dig into hearty pastas and more than a dozen different pizzas. Expanding on its healthful theme, Play also offers organic beer, teas, and coffees.
Kazi Sushi Haus's impressive menu is a litany of fresh sushi rolls, tender morsels of sashimi, and crispy tempura that start tastebuds salivating with anticipation. Each meal is an edible work of art, with maki rolls draped in vibrant slivers of avocado and plates peppered with succulent sheets of vibrant salmon and tuna. Savory noodle dishes blend steamy broth and chewy ropes of soba and udon, while rice bowls unveil umami cutlets of pork, chicken, unagi, and beef.
King Henry's Arms welcomes patrons with cool pints and English pub staples. House-made scotch eggs enclosed in sausage precede steaming bangers and mash, thin-sliced corned beef, or shepherd’s pies taking shelter from thunderstorms. Kitchen chefs slather baby back ribs in barbecue sauce and charbroil Angus certified steaks. Live music and open-mic nights provide slickly professional or endearingly amateurish aural backdrops.
Using authentic Italian and regional recipes, East Side Mario's chefs craft extensive menus at the Aurora, Markham, and Stouffville locations filled with pastas, meat dishes, and kid-friendly fare. Pizza kneaders hand-press and cattle-brand Sicilian-style thin-crust pizzas ($8.99+ for a small) piled with toppings such as pepperoni, pineapple, and capicollo before loading them in stone ovens to brown and crisp. Oven-baked penne bolognese ($14.99) emerges from the fire in a bath of alfredo sauce, and red- and green-striped ravioli stuffed with four cheeses ($16.99) greets mouths with festive flavours and a seasonal wardrobe. The eatery also carries kid-friendly options in its Mini Mario's Meals, such as a kid-size chicken parmigiana ($7.99) and chicken strips with seasoned fries ($6.99).