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265 Davenport Rd.,
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1J9
43.674433 -79.398250
At its best, this Yorkville mainstay elegantly recalls Toronto’s ’90s-era fine- dining glory days. Sleek leather-upholstered chairs, sculpted glass accents and cerulean canvases immerse the dining room in subdued, subaquatic tranquility. After one final swim in an ocean of oil and vinegar dotted with pine nuts and raisins, unctuous sardine fillets are a tart, sweet and surprisingly rich appetizer. The restaurant’s long-venerated beet risotto—cooked so perfectly that individual grains of al dente rice glide in an earthy, parmesan-saturated pool that flows like magenta lava—remains timeless. In an age of craft beer–swilling hipsters, attentive—verging on fawning—servers who guide patrons through a deep wine list, in which $50 bottles and $5,000 vintages coexist, still have their place. The same cannot be said for the chocolate olive oil cake, a dry, bland anachronism unsuccessfully disguised in a boozy-sweet cloak of brandied figs and honey ganache.


Neighbourhood: The Annex

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Vegetarian options: Yes

Licensed: Yes

Bring your own bottle: Yes

Kitchen open late: No

Outdoor dining: No

Private/bookable room: Yes

Delivery: No

Take out: Yes

Takes reservations: Yes

Caters: Yes

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Good for: Kids, Groups, Business

Serves: Dinner

Payment methods: Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Interac, Cash

Days Closed: Sunday