a round dish filled with chocolate and raspberries on a plate next to a shot glass

Furlough Meets West Queen West

Furlough, a brand new restaurant and cocktail bar from the owners of Bar Chef, opened in late January in the West Queen West space vacated by Ursa late last year.  The look is dimly lit French bistro romantic, with food and drinks served using classic crystal and china.  The service is excellent and my water glass never went…

First taste of Bar Fancy

Tucked off the side of an alleyway down Queen Street West, west of Ossington, you fill find Bar Fancy. Look for the neon tiger to lead your way down to the long awaited snack bar from Jonathon Poon, chef at the acclaimed Chantecler in Parkdale, and Jesse Fader, former chef at Fabbrica. From the streetfront window full…

Friday Night Live at the Royal Ontario Museum

$12 to see 4 floors of museum exhibits PLUS listen to live music while walking around with a glass of wine and enjoying various treats?!? Now that is a good deal! Every Friday night until November 28 from 7:00 to 11:30 PM, the Royal Ontario Museum opens its doors to throngs of (mostly) young people,…

Drinks at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto

I visited the Shangri-La Hotel lobby bar at 188 University Ave for the first time on a recent Thursday night and I was very pleasantly surprised.  The ambiance is serene and comfortable, while maintaining utmost elegance.  A live three piece band and singer added to the entertainment provided by people watching.  We loved sitting on…

Four different types of drinks on a wooden table

Great deals on wine every night of the week

Lately I have been noticing there are great deals to be had in the Toronto restaurant scene.  This is a nice little incentive to get out there, discover new places, eat really great food and save a few bucks.  For all you wine lovers, here are my top recommendations for where to dine and drink…