Ready for your close up? FACE it. Short of hiring your own personal set decorator, the best IG and SnapChat posts start with a great backdrop. To that end we have gathered a list of Toronto’s best dressed restaurants, guaranteed to frame your Blue Steele or Fish Gape just so.
VIA VAI – 832 Bay
No issue finding your light at this self-proclaimed pizzeria and wine bar. Occupying the space of a former art gallery, you know your shots are going to capture the best natural light the city has to offer. 45 foot high ceilings? Check. Huge sprawling art murals? Check.Eats bonus: the menu ventures beyond plain old “za”, and included octopus, kale salad and a hearty pappardelle.
CLUNY – 35 Tank House Lane
Whimsical best describes the 11,000 square feet of space that is Cluny Bistro. Classic bistro styling with update twists including interesting ceiling and gallery-style mirrored walls. The menu is classic french: cassoulet, steak frites, but with contemporary global inspired twists. Despite being packed, you never lose the sense of the airy, large, bright space. We spent the first ten minutes of our meal gawking at the custom detailing including a “why-don’t-I-do-that” hand-painted glass wall over the raw bar.
DINEEN – 140 Yonge Street
Yes, technically it’s a coffice and not a restaurant. But no list of pretty young things would be complete without this beauty. Situated on the ground floor of the “historic” Dineen Building (once home to a furrier) this ain’t no Starbucks. What any set decorator seeks is found here: high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, red leather banquettes, marble countertops, a jaw-dropping chandelier and hand-painted floors with tiles imported from South America. The coffee and baked offerings speak for themselves: it’s always packed.
MOMOFUKO – The Shangri-la Hotel
James K.M. Cheng was the architect working alongside The Design Agency, to create the Momofuku Toronto complex. Here you find three restaurants: The Noodle Bar, Daishō, and Shōtō. Between the original commissioned art, floor-to-ceiling windows, vintage furniture in one area and custom tufted leather sofas in another, the place doesn’t have a bad angle. And let’s not forget that drool worthy white and black oak. It’s light meets elements meets organic chic (is there such a thing?). As for the fare? The lineups 4 years post opening speak for themselves.
THE TERRACE AT THE GRANITE CLUB – 2350 Bayview Avenue
How dare we?! A private members-only club? Well it is the crème de la crème of country in the city settings. Lush ravine backdrops, aromatic colourful flowers, a Muskoka-feel deck, and more natural light than any other city destination. The food is best at Sunday brunch, where fluffy Belgian waffles and airy pancakes take over.