The Academy of Spherical Arts

Toronto (GTA)

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In a Nutshell

  • Eclectic international menu
  • Antique billiards tables
  • In old billiards-table factory
  • Extensive selection of drinks

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 per person. Limit 1 per party of 4. Reservation required. Not valid toward private room bookings. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Turn-of-the-century North America was a simpler time, with high-speed pursuits limited to velocipede chases and the Internet nothing more than a series of ticker-tape machines powered by mutton-chopped, coal-shoveling robots. Venture to the sepia-toned good ol' days via the time machine of your eyes with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of international fare and drinks at The Academy of Spherical Arts. This Groupon cannot be used toward private-room bookings. It expires on Oct. 31, 2010.

Housed in the majestic shell of a former 19th-century billiards manufacturing plant, The Academy of Spherical Arts now serves up a varied menu of international fare. Start supper with an order of the light asparagus salad ($11), topped with toasted walnuts and goat cheese and drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette, before exacting revenge on the swamp ghosts haunting your dreams with an order of Cajun penne pasta ($23), bedecked with grilled chicken, crawfish, chorizo sausage, and peppers. Other elegant and eclectic entrees at the eatery include house-made duck ravioli ($20), a macadamia-crusted rainbow trout ($23) served on a potato-spinach-mayonnaise salad and cloaked in a coconut curry sauce, and a rack of lamb ($38) with a candied-garlic crust. Ante meridiem appetites can be appeased with weekend brunch, while early afternoon Argonauts of sustenance seas can land on lunch.

The Academy boasts a charming, turn-of-the-century club setting, and its three dining rooms come complete with both modern and classic structural elements, as well as antique billiards tables featuring accoutrements such as lion's-claw feet. Spend a Saturday night lingering over a libation from the restaurant's extensive selection of drinks, or take to the billiards table to show off the trick shots you learned at camp as a kid. Call ahead for a reservation.

Reviews

The Academy of Spherical Arts has a four-star average from four OurFaves users and comes recommended by 73 per cent of Urbanspooners. The editors of 10Best.com give it the number-three spot for Toronto nightlife.

  • The Academy has an amazing stock of beverages: over 350 wines, 60 grappas, 20 vintage ports, 130 cognacs and over 100 international beers. The food is good, too. – 10Best.com
  • If you are looking for a unique place in Liberty Village to have a drink and snack on some amazing tapas this is it! I haven't yet tried it for Brunch or Dinner but if the level of service is anything that we received recently - I can't wait. Friendly, professional....highly recommend it! – Tom Emrich, Urbanspoon
  • Super cool space, very nice to go with a group of people – candice, OurFaves

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