Name: The Workshop by Latitude
Contact Info: 331 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-785-2123, workshopbylatitude.ca, @workshop331
Owners: Latitude Group
Chef: Former Fat Cat Wine Bar executive chef, Mathew Sutherland
The Food: The menu revolves entirely around cheese. Diners can build their own cheese boards from 25 different wedges—including a couple slabs produced exclusively for the Workshop—or choose from the list of snacks and comfort dishes, like a comte-stuffed croque monsieur and a lamb burger topped with goat-milk raita and halloumi. The “workman’s lunch” brings a selection of cheeses and cured meats, plus hard-boiled duck eggs, poached veggies, preserves, nuts and sliced baguette.
The Drinks: European and Canadian wines come by the bottle, the half-litre or the five-ounce glass. Bottles of craft beer are also available.
The Place: This new Roncey business is a spin-off of Latitude Food and Drink, a popular restaurant in Halton Hills. The former Fat Cat Wine Bar space hasn’t changed too much, save for a paint job and some rustic barn-board paneling on one wall. Behind the bar, liquor bottles have been replaced by wheels and wedges of cheese, which are apportioned by a staff of expert fromagophiles.
• 43.6491 N is the exact latitude of both Latitude restaurants (by pure coincidence)
• 30 seats on the back patio
• 25 cheeses
• 19 cheese boards
• 3 cheese experts on staff