What’s on the menu at Grey Gardens, Jen Agg’s new restaurant and wine bar in Kensington Market
Name: Grey Gardens
Contact: 199 Augusta Ave., 647-351-1552, greygardens.ca, @greygardens199
Neighbourhood: Kensington Market
Owners: Jen Agg (The Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar, Rhum Corner) and Mitch Bates (Momofuku Shoto, Momofuku Ko)
Chefs: Executive chef Mitch Bates and chef de cuisine Peter Jensen (Momofuku Shoto, Momofuku Ko, Noma)
A seasonal à la carte menu of snacks (oysters, cheese, bread with butter and schmaltz) and more substantial plates, many of which are heavy on seafood and vegetables. There are also a few pasta dishes, including one made with gigli (a real noodle, not a reference to the movie of the same name), cheddar, hot sauce and paprika. A family-style menu is available for those who reserve the private room downstairs.
There’s a short cocktail list and an impressive selection of imported ciders, but the focus is on private-order wines, chosen by general manager and sommelier Jake Skakun. Most of them are on display in the downstairs wine cellar.
Agg spent the past year gathering the polished brass, marble, vintage glass and ceramic pieces that fill the 55-seat room. Unlike the Hoof, Grey Gardens takes reservations. They’re required for a seat in the back dining room or along the kitchen counter, but walk-ins are welcome at the bar and a couple of tables by the entrance.