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What’s on the menu at Arthur’s Restaurant, Midtown’s sleek new American-style throwback

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback

Name: Arthur’s Restaurant Contact: 12 St. Clair Ave E., 647-348-7000, arthursrestaurant.ca, @arthursrestaurant
Neighbourhood: Deer Park Previously: Timothy’s World Coffee Owner: Chase Hospitality Group (The Chase, the Chase Fish and Oyster, Kasa Moto, Colette Grand Café, Planta, Planta Burger, Palm Lane) Chef: Chief of culinary Tyler Shedden (Chase Hospitality Group, Café Boulud) and chef de cuisine Jason Hajek

The food

Contemporary takes on American classics, like oysters Rockefeller, lobster thermidor and New York cheesecake. Chase Hospitality Group president Steven Salm says these dishes were among the favourites of his late father, Arthur. The menu is also strong on plant-based items, including a chopped salad, mushroom paté and a lasagna made with almond béchamel. Coming soon: lunch service, and weekend brunch with something called Arthur’s Tower—an array of smoked fish, fresh bagels and all the fixings.

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
The matzo ball soup is Shedden’s grandmother’s recipe. $12.05.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Shrimp and avocado salad with Marie Rose dressing. $17.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
The tuna tartare is seasoned with sauce ravigote (a French version of salsa verde with anchovies, shallots, and herbs) and topped with fried capers and dried tomato petals. $23.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
The Dungeness crab cake features chunks of crab meat sandwiched between a pan-fried breadcrumb base and a kataifi upper crust. It’s served with sauce gribiche. $39.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Creole salmon comes with braised celery and dressed with herb-speckled and creole-spiced tomato beurre blanc. $31.05.

 

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What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
The vegan lasagna features almond milk béchamel, tomato sauce and house-made cashew mozzarella. $24.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
The baba au rhum, with caramelized and fresh pineapple, is topped with Chantilly and lime zest. $14.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Caramelized milk New York cheesecake sits in a pool of passion fruit sauce. $14.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Shedden (left) and Hajek.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Left to right: Hajek, Salm and Shedden.

 

The drinks

The focus here is on cocktails: signature martinis, original creations using house-made infusions, and classics made with American spirits from the pre-Prohibition era.

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Available in three or five ounces, the savoury olive oil martini is made with olive oil-washed vodka and dry vermouth. $17 and $26.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Arthur’s manhattan is made with dried cherry-infused bourbon, sweet vermouth, Cynar, cardamom bitters and Angostura. The drink is poured over a branded ice cube garnished with house-made bourbon-and baking spice-soaked cherries. $18.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
The North Shore is made with Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, mescal, Cointreau, grapefruit and lime. It’s finished with black salt and egg white. $19.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
The Roaring 20s is a cava-based Arthur’s original that features dry vermouth, lemon, sirop de citron, muddled grapes and fresh mint. $17.

 

The space

Taking up more than two storeys of the Weston Centre, Arthur’s can seat 156 guests between two distinct dining rooms: the airy, octagon-shaped Crystal Dining Room and a cozy lounge. A 60-seat 2,000-square-foot rooftop terrace will open later this year.

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Here’s the lounge.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
And again.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
And one more time.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
And this is the Crystal Dining Room.

 

What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
What's on the menu at Arthur's Restaurant, Midtown's sleek new American-style throwback
Photo by Elaine Fancy

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