Introducing: The Samuel J. Moore, the new nearly-24-hour restaurant in The Great Hall
Name: The Samuel J. Moore
Neighbourhood: West Queen West
Contact information: 1087 Queen St. W., 416-897-8348, Facebook page, @TheSamuelJMoore
Owners: Sean Singh, Nav Sangha (Wrongbar, Riverside Public House) and Fadi Hakim and Alex Sengupta, both of The Lakeview
Chef: Alexandra Feswick (Brockton General)
The food: Local and seasonal Canadian dishes inflected by Toronto’s various ethnic cuisines. A half chicken ($21) is breaded and roasted, served with creamed curry and coriander, and the hand-chopped sirloin and bone marrow burger ($18) comes on brioche with frites and fennel catsup. For brunch, there’s eggs Benedict ($15) with pork terrine and arugula and for the post-work crowd, there are buck-a-shuck oysters from 5 to 7 p.m. throughout the week.
The drinks: Mixologist Sean Radzio (Against the Grain) is currently working on a cocktail menu, which will work off a large tequila list.
The place: The Samuel J. Moore occupies the first floor of The Great Hall on Queen West, and is named after the 19th century businessman who built it. The restaurant has the feel of a classic tavern, with high ceilings, black-and-white tiled floors and a dark wood bar stretching along the back wall.
By the numbers:
• 143, the number of hours the restaurant is open each week (which means it’s only closed for 25)
• 92 seats
• 6 different menus: brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks and late-night (which runs until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday)
• $5–$28, the range in price on the menu