Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Urban Eats @ The Beverley Hotel, Toronto

Attention, Toronto! There’s a new restaurant in town – on Queen West, no less. 

The Beverley Hotel is nestled in the heart of the fashion district, and just opened its doors in the summer. Inspired by the creative spirit of the neighbourhood, the hotel has created a cozy, modern restaurant with a chill atmosphere – ideal for a casual lunch or socializing at happy hour. 
The crowning glory is the hotel's rooftop patio overlooking Queen West. It’s an intimate space that feels more like a poolside patio than a rooftop garden. Patrons can enjoy the city view at the bar, or lounge on the plush patio furniture with a cocktail.

The menu matches the rooftop’s grandness, and has been meticulously crafted by Chef Eric Wood. He blends traditional comfort food with seasonal ingredients and internationally-inspired flavours.

“Our food offers a global palette that’s interpreted locally,” Chef Wood said. “I want to create a menu that’s elegant and fun.”

Oh, I had fun alright. Here’s a sneak preview of the menu to arouse your appetite: 
The Chef created the perfect combo of vulgar and sublime: house made potato chips ($40) topped with Acadian caviar and crème fraiche.
The Beverley Burger ($17) has a secret weapon: watermelon. The sweet fruit fuses nicely with the savoury juices of the meat. I’ve never had anything like this, but I’d happily re-live the experience.
To quote Chef Woods, “A veggie meal shouldn't be an afterthought.” The garganelle pasta ($19) was my favourite dish, with a succulent blend of roasted mushrooms, basil, fava beans, ramps, sherry, and hazelnut. This dish may be meatless, but steals the spotlight.
The Beverley Hotel isn’t afraid to mix it up, using fresh ingredients, home-made syrups, and unique fusions in their drink menu. For a light cocktail, try the French Kiss ($12) – a champagne glass of honey grapefruit cordial, gin, lemon, and pink prosecco.

If you want a change of scenery on Queen West, check out the Beverley Hotel for dinner or drinks (or both!). On a side note, be wary that the price point for some items on the menu is a bit high. Depending on what's ordered, some patrons may finish a meal with a smoking credit card rather than a sigh of satisfaction.
-- Lisa Jackson is a freelance writer and blogs at Eat Drink Travel Magazine. Find her online @eatdrinktravels.

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