Introducing: The Forth, a new fine-dining spot on the Danforth from former Brassaii chef Chris Kalisperas
Name: The Forth
Neighbourhood: The Danforth
Contact Info: 629 Danforth Ave., 416-465-2629, @TheForthTO, theforth.ca
Owner: Chris Kalisperas and The Signature Group
Chef: Chris Kalisperas, formerly of Brassaii and Centro
The Food: Chef Kalisperas’s contemporary Canadian cuisine blends Italian, French and Asian flavours, with some suprisingly playful twists. His hand-cut beef tenderloin tartare is served with Szechuan- and curry-flavoured potato chips, while an octopus appetizer is plated on a bed of puréed buttered popcorn.
The Drinks: The restaurant’s mostly Canadian and Mediterranean wine collection is displayed in a glass cabinet at the back of the restaurant. It includes sought-after local whites like the Megalomaniac Eccentric Savagnin from Twenty Mile Bench and the popular Benjamin Bridge Brut from Nova Scotia. Whiskey enthusiasts can choose from eighteen different kinds of Scotch.
The Place: The two-storey restaurant—lodged in the National Bank building at Danforth and Pape—has herringbone floors, an Art Deco–inspired hexagonal ceiling and crystal chandeliers. Two projection screens display historical photos of the neighbourhood.