Introducing: Little Fin, the mix-and-match seafood restaurant from the owners of The Chase
Name: Little Fin
Contact Info: 4 Temperance St., 647-348-7000, littlefin.ca, @Little_Fin
Previously: Italian restaurant Fiore
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Owner: The Chase Hospitality Group (headed by president Steven Salm), which is also behind The Chase, The Chase Fish & Oyster, and Colette Grand Cafe
Executive Chef: The Chase Fish & Oyster chef Nigel Finley
The Food: The Chase’s latest spin-off restaurant is a casual mix-and-match seafood counter. Diners choose a main item (e.g. crispy fried haddock, smoked maple-brandy wild BC salmon), a preparation method (sandwich, seaweed salad, slaw) and any add-ons or “sea sides,” like chunky potato wedges or chili-spiced broccoli. There’s also a double-decker cheeseburger (served on pitch-black buns, dyed with bamboo charcoal), lobster-topped hot dogs, and whole-lobster meals served with sea-urchin “fancy sauce.”
The Drinks: Soft drinks, water and fresh pressed juices. House wines and beer are available for dine-in only.
The Place: The bright room has a breezy Hamptons aesthetic, complete with nautical lamps, tin ceilings and white barn-board paneling. There’s nowhere to sit, but there are a few ledges (and a soon-to-come centre island) where customers can eat their seafood on the fly. Come springtime, the 30-seat patio out front with provide sit-down dining for 30.