Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Urban Eats @ Joey Eaton Centre, Toronto

Now open adjacent to the Toronto Eaton Centre is another location of Joey Restaurants.

Having first landed on Ontario soil from its west coast roots at the Don Mills Shopping Centre in 2010, the Joey brand has extended to prime downtown real estate steps from Yonge & Dundas Square.

And the timing couldn't be better.

Joey joins the booming success of hip upscale casual chains in both the city centre and surrounding suburbia, including Earl's and Moxies.
With a prime patio overlooking Dundas Street, a chic-designed dining room and a lounge equipped with 9-foot-plus television screen; Joey is a versatile spot. It's ideal for business lunches, pre-theatre drinks, appetizers and post-shopping refueling. The vibe strikes the balance for being great for both a girls get-together and date-friendly seating. Funky lighting fixtures and a see-through wine wall accent the space for a modern touch. This chain ain't your neighbourhood Jack Astors.
While pondering your drink selection, bartenders will send samplers your way to whet the appetite. The frosty peach bellini starts our night, it's also one of the daily drink specials (1 1/4oz for $4.99 on Tuesdays). You can also find $4.99 rail highballs on Mondays and double Long Island Iced Teas for $6.99 on Wednesdays. Like most chain concepts, there's always a little something for everyone and the range of selection of cocktails, wines and beers will likely have something thats suits your fancy. 

The food menu also shows the range of variety from around the globe, including Indian, Thai and Italian. In lieu of missing (HUG editor) Lisa's California adventures, we ordered Baja Fish Tacos with fresh-fried white fish and shrimp on white corn tortilla topped with chunky guacamole. The food menu also accomodates gluten-free diets with alternative menu items, soy-based protein substitues for vegetaria /vegan diets; as well as, Ocean Wise sustainable seafood choices. 
The Joey concept, which originated in BC and Alberta have been situated in strategically high-traffic distinations in over 15 locations across the two provinces, including super-busy locations in Vancouver's financial district and shopping core. There's no doubt that Joey Eaton Centre is just the start of the expansion of the Joey brand in Ontario. 
Joey Eaton Centre - 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto - 647-352-5639
---Michelle Tham
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