CCAE 2012 Restaurants

RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS

CCAE 2012 is holding the Opening Reception at the Arcadian Loft on Saturday evening. This will be followed by "Dinner on your own". Here’s a list of suggestions for restaurants within the area – either near the Delta Chelsea or near Arcadian Loft.

Arcadian Loft is managed by Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants – recognized as one of Canada’s leading fine dining restaurant companies, operating 12 unique and innovative restaurants in Ontario. Five of their restaurants are near Arcadian Loft: Bannock, Biff’s Bistro, Jump, Luma, Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill. A brief description of each restaurant is provided below with personal email contacts for your convenience in making reservations.

BANNOCK
401 Bay St. (Queen & Bay: Main floor of where Arcadian Court is located)
Tel: 416-861-6996
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Price Range: less than $30
Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Bannock.aspx
Bannock’s honest approach to food is rooted in familiar, wholesome ingredients that are reflective of Canada’s rich regional and cultural diversity, delivered in an innovative and playful way. Everyday classics are revitalized as the chefs pay homage to traditional Canadian comfort foods, putting our cultural favourites front and centre. Bannock breads are integrated throughout the entire menu including sweet breakfast bannocks, artisan sandwiches and pizzas. Bannock garnishes are also added to soups, salads and main courses.
To reserve, please email jerrett.young@oliverbonacini.com

BIFF’S BISTRO
4 Front St. East (Yonge & Front)
Tel: 416-860-0086
Cuisine: French bistro
Price Range: $31 – $50
Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Biffs-Bistro.aspx
1930's Paris meets fresh London cool. This modern French bistro offers warm, casual dining and robust bistro cuisine, including an outstanding selection of market fresh seafood and classic bistro specialties like boeuf bourguignon, steak frites, duck confit and moules et frites. Neighbouring St. Lawrence Market informs our seasonally inspired menus, as well as our evolving Selection de Fromages. Biff’s bar buzzes with lunchtime and after work crowds. $1 oysters are featured nightly from 5:00 pm. In summer, savour the Parisian charm the large street side terrace.
To reserve, please email cyrus.cooper@oliverbonacini.com

JUMP
18 Wellington St. West (Yonge & Wellington)
Tel: 416.363.3400
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Price Range: $31 – $50
Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Jump.aspx
A big, bold American-style bistro combining classic New York style with sleek modern eclecticism. The sky high glass atrium, rich wood interiors and vintage wrap around bar provide the perfect backdrop for Jump’s world-inspired cuisine. Renowned for its architectural flatbread baskets, grilled steaks and chops, generous assortment of pastas and perfect martinis, Jump is legendary among the business, pre-game and pre-theatre crowds.
To reserve, please email cyrus.cooper@oliverbonacini.com

LUMA
350 King St. West (King & John at TIFF Bell Lightbox)
Tel: 647.288.4715
Cuisine: Global, International
Price Range: $31 – $50
Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com
Luma is located on the second floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox, home to the Toronto International Film Festival. Paying homage to Toronto’s rich, cultural landscape, Luma’s menu showcases global and Canadian artisanal cuisine featuring the finest local and regional ingredients. The original, imaginative menu is the perfect complement to Luma’s warm, inviting dining room, designed with rich woods, leather and stone and outstanding floor-to-ceiling views of King Street West.
To reserve, please email jerrett.young@oliverbonacini.com

OLIVER & BONACINI CAFÉ GRILL
33 Yonge St. (Yonge & Front)
Tel: 647.260.2070
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Price Range: $31 – $50
Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/OurRestaurants/OBCafeGrill/Yonge-Front/Reservations.aspx
This 14,500 sq ft flagship O&B Café Grill opened in June 2010. With a stylish "see and be seen" bar, lounge and a wrap around patio facing both Front and Yonge streets, it has since become the new destination for the city’s tastemakers, Bay Street’s movers and shakers and the urban dwellers of the neighbourhood. A diverse menu with classic steaks and burgers, to butter chicken, to falafel & organic quinoa salad, the Café Grill has something great to please everyone’s taste.
To reserve, please email cyrus.cooper@oliverbonacini.com

 

OTHER RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS:

180 Panorama
51st Floor, 55 Bloor Street West (at Bay)
Tel: 416-967-0000
Cuisine: Tapas
Website: http://www.panoramalounge.com
Toronto's Best View and Highest Patios, Best cocktails, best view, most romantic ... the Toronto press rave about Panorama. Set atop the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre at Bay and Bloor, 180 Panorama offers guests a stunning view of both uptown and downtown Toronto as well as two of the country's highest patios. Our award winning cocktail menu and tapas style menu, created by Executive Chef Zack Jacobs, are matched with unsurpassed service for a truly outstanding experience.
Reservations recommended.

Adega
33 Elm Street (south of Delta Chelsea)
Tel: 416-977-4338
Cuisine: Seafood
Price Range: $31 – $51
Website: http://www.adegarestaurante.ca/
Portuguese-bent cuisine in the true center of downtown Toronto. Featuring fresh fish and seafood such as lobster, tiger shrimp, and octopus. The rustic Mediterranean atmosphere charms everyone.
To reserve, please email adega@rogers.com

Bar Volo
587 Yonge St. (North of Wellesley Street)
Tel: 416-928-0008
Cuisine: Best bars
Website: http://barvolo.com/
barVolo is a family run and independently operated bar specializing in craft beer and everything Ontario since 1985 in Toronto, Canada.
No reservations required.

Baton Rouge
216 Yonge St. (south of Yonge-Dundas square)
Tel: 416-593-9667
Cuisine: American
Price Range: less than $30
Website: http://www.batonrouge-restaurant.com
Bâton Rouge is always a satisfying experience, from our great food to our relaxing atmosphere. Our… signature, fall of the bone ribs are rivaled only by our tender AAA Sterling Silver cuts of beef. Enjoy fresh fish or perfectly aged steak cooked over a real wood fire. Our diverse menu offers crisp salads, delicious starters and sweet desserts. Our meals are prepared with fresh, quality ingredients sure to satisfy your appetite.
To reserve, please email guestservices@batonrouge-restaurant.com

Elephant & Castle
378 Yonge Street (at Gerrard)
Tel: 416-598-4003
Cuisine: Pub
Price Range: Under $25
Website: http://www.elephantcastle.com/
The dining experience at E&C can best be described as one that serves up the best of our British Classics with an exciting variety of North American favourites! All core menu items at E&C are prepared in house from scratch! We take great pride in producing all of our sauces, dressings and dessert items using the best ingredients while following our most popular recipes that date back over 20 years!
To reserve, please email Nicole Exner at gmyonge@elephantcastle.com

Fionn MacCool's
181 University Avenue (South of Queen Street West)
Tel: 416-363-1944
Cuisine: Irish Pub
Price Range: Under $20
Website: http://university.fionnmaccools.com/

Guu Izakaya
398 Church Street (East of the Delta Chelsea)
Tel: 416-977-0999
Cuisine: Japanese tapas
Price Range:
Website: http://www.guu-izakaya.com/toronto/
Guu is the izakaya pioneer with the Japanese spirit in Canada. Started serving locals in Vancouver, they have reached Five locations in Vancouver, two locations in Toronto, and one in Sichuan, China today. Other than serving authentic izakaya food/drink, their warm and energetic loud greeting to patrons is one of their characters. Shout with us, "Guu is Guuu'd!" No Reservations on Saturday evenings.

Jack Astors Yonge-Dundas
10 Dundas Street East (Yonge Dundas Square)
Tel: 416-263-9800
Cuisine: Canadian/American
Price Range: Under $20
Website: http://www.jackastors.com/locations/18/toronto-restaurants-yonge-dundas.html

Joey Restaurants
1 Dundas Street West, Eaton Centre, entrance on Dundas between Yonge & Bay
Tel: 647-352-5639
Cuisine: Canadian/American
Price Range: $20 – $30
Website: http://www.joeyrestaurants.com
Upscale casual, downtown Toronto. The first JOEY to hit the streets of downtown Toronto. Located just Yonge and Dundas, this place is a work of art – exposed brick walls, open-air dining, crazy custom lighting and the Enomatic wine system. We could go on, but you should come and see it for yourself.

Korean Grill House
369 Yonge Street
Tel: 416-596-9206
Cuisine: Korea BBQ
Price Range: Under $20
Website: http://www.koreangrillhouse.com
The traditional Korean DIY setup makes for a fun, low-key evening: diners are surrounded by plates of raw food for cooking over an open flame at the table. Assorted banchan—pickled, preserved side dishes including kimchee, sprouts, and brilliantly crisp pickled daikon radish—whet the appetite for the main event. Sweet soy-marinated beef short ribs and ox tongue are delightfully chewy and tender. Chicken and pork are equally flavourful and fare better on the grill than bland, waterlogged fish fillets. The seafood bi bim bap is served in a hot stone pot that’s crammed with scallops, shrimp and squid swimming in spicy paste stained rice. The fiery heat is quelled by a cool tumbler of fresh, thirst-quenching lime soda with ice.

Matagali
69 Elm Street (near Delta Chelsea)
Tel: 416-599-999
Cuisine: Indian & Sri Lankan
Price Range: $10 – $15
Website: http://www.matagali.com
There’s a ragged hominess to this basement room, with its ripped leather banquettes, but the food continues to sparkle. The chicken tikka kebab appetizer sets the bar high—huge pieces of white meat are deeply marinated, beyond tender and flavourful with a gentle smokiness from the tandoor. It’s worth a visit for this dish alone. The menu intersperses a few Thai dishes among the Indian ones, but the Thai spring rolls (with shrimp, crab and chicken) disappoint. Happily, Indian entrées are good: eggplant bharta is fragrant, smoky and creamy, with a touch of tomato. Lamb vindaloo, nicely spicy as requested, is a drier style of curry. Its sauce clings to chunks of lamb and potatoes. For sweets after the spice, gulab jamun, usually such a throwaway, is superb, dense and almost chewy.

Trattoria Mercatto
Toronto Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge Street
Tel: 647-352-3390
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: Under $20
Website: http://www.trattoriamercatto.ca
A trattoria is a restaurant where food is simple and simply delicious. Where pretentious cuisine is not on the menu, and feeling welcomed is always being served. And a place where deciding what to eat is your hardest decision. what to order is almost always your biggest decision.
Reservations may be made online.

Milestones
10 Dundas Street E (Yonge Dundas Square)
Tel: 416-598-2800
Cuisine: Canadian/American
Price Range: $15 – $30
Website: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com

Modus
145 King St. W (King West-E)
Tel: 416-861-9977
Cuisine: Continental
Price Range: $22 – $38
Website: http://modusristorante.com
Owner Sam Genkov and executive chef Bruce Woods follow the Financial District restaurant blueprint impeccably: polished servers, a protein-heavy menu, a lengthy wine list that will push—but not burst—the expense account, and an elegant interior of inoffensive neutrals. Woods, who made his name at Centro, creates high Italian dishes with modern flair. The first dish, seared tuna ringed with sweet pepper caponata, is under-seasoned, but the food improves with each course. Homemade duck and truffle squash agnolotti mixes sweet with gamy. Crunchy roasted celery elevates fork-tender lamb shank to the sublime. To finish, warm banana cream–filled fritters are simple and wonderful. Several bottles of wine under $40.
No reservations held without confirmation.

Mr. Green Jeans
Toronto Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge St.
Tel: 416-979-1212
Cuisine: Various
Price Range: Under $20
Website: http://www.mrgreenjeans.ca
Classic fish and chips, International starters, gourmet pizza, noodles, salads, signature sandwiches and burgers, fresh fish, grilled steaks, chicken and ribs, our extensive menu of over 200 items, will surely whet the most discriminating palette! To reserve large groups of 15 or more. Call 416-929-8834

Oro
45 Elm Street (near Delta Chelsea)
Tel: 416-597-0155
Cuisine: Continental
Price Range: $20 – $40
Website: http://www.ororestaurant.com
Exposed yellow brick, starched white tablecloths and a candlelit hearth set the tone for the most polished option on Elm Street’s restaurant row. Tourists snuggle into the intimate banquettes for a romantic night; regulars hold court at the round tables, sipping cult cabs and broody barolos. The wine program goes well beyond the big-ticket reds: each dish is thoughtfully paired. Chef Stanley Yung’s sophisticated take on northern Italian cooking harkens back to the heyday of ’80s Cal-Ital cuisine. Grilled black cod falls into big, moist flakes at the touch of a fork; miso—an inescapable complement to this fish—amps up the umami of crisp roast fingerlings and lip-smacking butter sauce. Pistachio-crusted lamb, cooked perfectly medium, brings five melting ribs, pulled lamb in an intense tomato jus, light ricotta gnocchi, al dente green beans and asparagus. The plate, like the cod dish, is flavourful and beautifully executed. Service walks an unwavering tightrope between friendly and formal.
To reserve, please phone Geraldine Vickers at 416.597.0155 press 3 for immediate assistance.

Pizza Rustica
270 Wellington St. West (Wellington & Blue Jays Way)
Tel: 416-260-0200
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: $11 – $16
Website: http://pizzarustica.ca
Pizza Rustica hits the sweet spot between the Rogers Centre and clubland, offering an alternative to Dome grub and a solid foundation for a night of crantinis. The decor evokes a late-’90s suburban chain (jalapeño lights), and most of the menu follows suit. The portions are huge: mounds of pasta smothered in hearty sauces fill wide-lipped bowls, and loaf-sized panini ooze rivers of cheese. Calamari rings are beautifully fried and served with aïoli (decent) and Frank’s Red Hot (weird, but it works). The 20 pizzas on offer are reassuringly current. The thin crusts ably support thoughtfully combined, fresh ingredients. Rustica, the house special, is a highlight reel of a Mediterranean market in pie form: sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and slivers of salty prosciutto meld with goat cheese over a tangy, thick blanket of tomato sauce. Service is swift to ensure prompt attendance for the first pitch.
To reserve, please email Jason Acosta at info@pizzarustica.ca

Queen Mother
208 Queen St. W (West of University Avenue)
Tel: 416-598-4719
Cuisine: Thai
Price Range: Under $20
Website: http://www.queenmothercafe.ca
The Queen Mum, as the restaurant is affectionately known by its many regulars, was established in October 1978. It is housed in an historic 150+ year old building in the heart of the Entertainment District. We are famous for our fresh and flavourful Lao-Thai and pan-global cuisine, and sinful desserts. They can be enjoyed in our cozy and timeless cafe, or on our beautiful back garden patio.
No reservations on weekend evenings.

Salad King
340 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor (close to Delta Chelsea)
Tel: 416-593-0333
Cuisine: Thai
Price Range: $30 Gourmet
Website: http://saladking.com
The return of Salad King, just under a year after the restaurant was forced to abandon its crumbling original premises, has been an exciting event for lovers of cheap and cheerful Thai food. The brightly coloured interior has a happy, caffeinated energy that’s even louder and more enjoyable than the original joint ever was. The food is the same: cheap, competently made, relatively fast and reliably filling. And yes, you can still get your spicing on a scale from mild (none, essentially) to 20 (best you wear an adult diaper). While the deep-fried spring rolls don’t quite cut it—there’s not enough filling and too many layers of wrapper—the spicy squid, with kefir lime leaves, sweet basil, bamboo shoots and bell peppers, is perfectly balanced: a bit of sweet, a bit of sour, some salty, earthy depth from fish sauce and plenty of chili spice. Tom yum soup is a bit too salty, and the shrimp, though not offensive, taste like they’ve been in the freezer a bit too long.
No reservations on weekend evenings. Approx. 5 to 15 minute wait depending on size of group.

Spin Toronto
461 King St. W., (West of Spadina Ave)
Tel: 416-599-7746
Cuisine: Best Bars
Website: http://toronto.spingalactic.com
Entering the lower-level space—through unmarked steel doors down a barely marked King Street alleyway—you feel like you’re infiltrating an illegal Ping Pong ring. Tables are hard to come by (members, who pay $50 a month, often book them), and drinking in a basement while half-heartedly batting the ball is eerily reminiscent of adolescent Saturday nights. But, as they say, it gets better. The bar snacks are remarkably good. Grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect accompaniment to an Ontario craft brew list that reads like a children’s book: Lawn Chair, Mr. Huff and the Barking Squirrel (all $6.25). After a few of those, you get very good at Ping Pong.

The Ballroom
145 John St. (Corner of Richmond and John St.)
Tel: 416-597-2695
Cuisine: Best Bars
Website: http://www.theballroom.ca
A Saturday night in the neon-and-flat-screen-lit Ball Room brings a barrage of retro bowling paraphernalia, inappropriate dancing, nearly naked club girls and C-list star spotting (mostly character actors from Being Erica). Although the beer selection is uninspired (Canadian, Moosehead), it’s still novel to have it delivered right to the lane. The overall mood is somewhat hallucinatory—like that gutter ball dream sequence in The Big Lebowski—especially when the servers tell you how much it costs to rent a lane for an hour (up to $65, plus shoe rental).

The Queen and Beaver
35 Elm St. (South of the Delta Chelsea)
Tel: 647-347-2712
Cuisine: Gastropub
Price Range: $15 - $23
Website: http://queenandbeaverpub.ca
In a city dominated by foxy faux pubs, the Queen and Beaver stands out like a bright red telephone box. Manchester-born chef Andrew Carter puts to rest the tired notion that English food is a joke, delivering boldly flavoured, modern British fare. Fish and chips stars perfectly cooked haddock in a light, crispy coating with a herbaceous tartar sauce. On one evening, a grilled pork chop is thick, pink and succulent, with sweet peas and verdant gnocchi-style dumplings soaking up the rich pan juices. The selection of subs is excellent, but the diverse wine list is better.