Chefs' ovens burn much hotter than conventional ovens, allowing them to quickly roast meats and melt glacier chunks into gourmet ice water. Enjoy professional cooking with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of contemporary cuisine for dinner at The City Grill.
The City Grill's kitchen crew gathers locally sourced ingredients when possible to construct the contemporary meats, veggies, and seafood that characterize the dinner menu. Diners mimic their favourite Olympic platform dives by dunking shrimp and crab cakes into lemon-caper aioli ($14). Teeth tackle the TCG signature wagyu-beef burger nestled among layers of crisp Vidalia onions and portobello mushrooms inside a sourdough bun ($21). Culinary maestros arrange tofu and veggies into a balsamic-glazed vegetable stack ($23), and a dry-rubbed 8-ounce flatiron steak surrounds itself with an entourage of shrimp ($30). Finally, eaters devour the harvest pumpkin duo's spiced pumpkin carrot cake and maple pumpkin crème brûlée ($8), which sparks memories of cramming jack-o'-lanterns into pies on Halloween.
Previously a jewellery store, the historic building that now houses The City Grill greets visitors' eyes with a nostalgic atmosphere of classic art-deco architecture, including a 1930s walk-in vault that now serves as a wine cellar. Large black-and-white photomurals pair with exposed brick to serve as backdrops for dinner conversations that unfold in the lounge. Guests gather in the outdoor patio area or the upscale dining room complete with white tablecloths that double as bibs for dining goliaths.
The City Grill
In a 1930s-era walk-in vault that once guarded diamonds, The City Grill now stores ruby-hued merlots and cabernet sauvignons. The vault is a relic of McCreery’s Diamond Store, whose art-deco aesthetic has been revived by The City Grill, setting the perfect backdrop for feasts of upscale culinary creations.
The restaurant’s carefully designed atmosphere relies on illuminated globes, exposed brick, and black-and-white photomurals depicting the days in Windsor’s past when even robots had to get around by horse-drawn carriages. A spacious patio invites guests to soak in the fresh air and sip libations that range from Chilean syrahs to signature dessert drinks such as an espresso martini.
The drinks pair with globally inspired food dreamt up by Executive Chef Shawn McKerness, who previously captained the seafaring kitchens of the luxurious Holland America Line cruises. McKerness combines fresh ingredients from local sources for a menu of contemporary food that, like the moon’s wardrobe, changes seasonally. Diners might slice into a horseradish-encrusted tenderloin, Maui-style ahi tuna, or red snapper lounging under exotic fruit salsa.