What’s on the menu at Toronto Beach Club, the new lakeside lounge and patio at Woodbine Beach
Name: Toronto Beach Club
Contact: 1681 Lake Shore Blvd E., thetorontobeachclub.com, @torontobeachclub
Neighbourhood: The Beaches
Owner: Scale Hospitality by Hanif Harji
Chef: Ted Corrado (The Drake Hotel, Summerhill Market)
Outdoor seating: A 176-seat patio
Covid-19 safety measures: Strict mask policy for staff and patrons, frequent sanitization, limited capacity inside when indoor dining returns
Accessibility: Fully accessible
Corrado cooks up Mediterranean dishes with an emphasis on fresh seafood, local meat and tasty mezze like hand-sliced Iberian ham and crisp calamari with champagne aïoli. There’s also a raw menu with oysters, snow crab and an entire seafood platter loaded with lobster, mussels, shrimp and other under-the-sea treats, depending on what’s fresh and available that day. “When we’re out, we’re out,” says Harji about the seafood selection. For lighter bites to go with a cocktail or two, there’s a snack menu that’s offered between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. (think avocado labneh with grilled pita or burrata with smoked grapes).
With expansive wine and liquor menus alongside beer, champagne and cocktails, there’s not a lot you can’t drink here. The daytime cocktail menu is lighter and fruitier than the evening’s more potent offerings, but all of them incorporate creative house infusions like strawberry-infused Bacardi and lavender lime leaf cordial.
In short, beachy European vibes permeate the place. There’s a big, breezy and plant-filled patio just steps from the water. It’s decorated with custom everything—tiles, furniture, upholstery. There’s a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor dining rooms, flooding the space with light and fresh air no matter where you choose to sit. “I wanted to create a space for people who appreciate great food and service, but who also want to be entertained,” says Harji. Soon–depending on the night—you might catch an opera singer, a flamenco dancer or a five-piece band.