The best Mexican food near Davisville Village

 

One of the best things about living in Davisville Village is that it’s a global village. Talk a walk around the block and you can experience culture and cuisine for all over the world. The only downside is that it can be hard to know where to start. To help you enjoy new tastes, we want to share some of the best Mexican food near Davisville Village.

 

 1. Chacho’s

 Chacho’s Mexican Restaurant

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Check out Chacho’s at 234 Merton Street for authentic Mexican cuisine, quality margaritas, and ice cold imported beer, in a fun and festive environment. It may be one of the best kept secrets in Toronto. The music is fun, but not too loud. You can actually hang out and have a conversation. You should be in the mood to hang out when you come because this isn’t fast food. They take the necessary time to prepare the food properly. All of it is made on site.

 

Their space has been recently renovated, but they aren’t trying to be fancy. They don’t seem interested in wowing you with opulent or romantic surroundings. They just want to impress you with the food, and they will.

 

2. Asada Mexican Grill

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Asada Mexican Grill  (809 St Clair Ave W) believes in creating an inviting environment, bringing authentic flavour, and doing it while supporting the community and a sustainable supply chain. They use hormone-free meats, and keep the produce as local as possible. At Asada, you get quality and you can customize it to create your personal favourite dish. Here’s how it works — pick your shell, pick your meat (choose from grilled steak, chicken, marinated pork, chorizo, pulled pork, Baja shrimp or vegetarian), then top it anyway you like. They offer a large selection of fresh toppings. Do it up your way.

 

3. Tio’s Urban Mexican

Tio’s Urban Mexican

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Coming to Tio’s Urban Mexican (2584 Yonge St) is like going to see family. In fact, ‘tio’ means ‘uncle’. Let the avuncular urban flavour make your meal special. The urban-style is based on traditional Mexican street food that you would find in the cities. The atmosphere at Tio’s is relaxed, homey, and inviting, and the food is delicious. They want to make you happy. If sangria margaritas and tequila make you happy, they’ve got you covered. You can choose from their authentic Mexicano or Gringo (Tex Mex). Kick back, relax with friends or a date, and enjoy the good vibes.

 

4. La Carnita

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La Carnita  (130 Eglinton Ave E) has an undeniably cool atmosphere. It’s impressive, it’s unique. Some of the best street artists in Toronto came together to help design it, and it shows. The mission of La Carnita is to create a cool community vibe, and share the love of food, art and music. Chill out with some tacos, cold beer or cocktails, a churro or two, and groove to the mixtape soundtrack. Try the Tostada de Ceviche (tuna, guacamole, coconut milk, habanero, tomato, cucumber), or the In Cod We Trust fish tacos (cod, Voltron sauce, lime crema, pickled red cabbage, green apple & cilantro).

 

5. Mariachi’s Restaurant

Mariachi’s Restaurant

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Mariachi’s (2084 Yonge St) is a neighbourhood mainstay. Proprietor Alejandra Hernandez opened up her first restaurant in 1998. Come to enjoy the festive atmosphere, inside or out on the patio. They have all your standard favourites — from sizzling fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, to more specialized dishes like the Steak Pepino, or Seafood Platter for two, with giant shrimp, scallops, and mussels.

 

You will leave satisfied. The portions are not huge, but they are incredibly filling. All main dishes come with rice, salad, and refried beans. It’s like getting a home cooked meal from someone who cares about you — and really knows how to cook!

 

Take time to experience the flavour of your neighbourhood. There is so much to discover!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture and flavour that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Sweet treats near Village Green

 

Life in Toronto can be pretty sweet. There is so much to see, do, and taste, that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few neighbourhood highlights for when you’re looking for some sweet treats near Village Green.

 

Crepe it Up

 

Crepe It Up is the inspiration of owner and manager Chris Lee. It all began in the legendary St Lawrence Market (91 Front St. East). Their location at 507 Church Street means their sweet and savoury creations are even easier to get your hands on! Their most popular options are the Paris X, with chocolate hazelnut sauce, banana, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The *Chiquita Mix Fruit is another bestseller, with banana, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, maple syrup or condensed milk, and a choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

 

Crepe It Up is all about you. Create your personal favourite by adding extra fillings or extra spreads. You can let them know if you want your crepe soft or crispy. However you choose to enjoy it, it’s made fresh, right before your eyes. No pre-made crepes or automated machines. This place is the real deal. Flat out.

 

Funnel Cake Express

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Funnel Cake Express (8 Wellesley St E Suite 105C) takes the best part of the amusement park experience, the food, and isolates it for an amazing taste experience. The food is the entertainment here. Once you smell that batter cooking, you know you’re in for something special. It was established in 2005 and folks have been funnelling in ever since. Choose your funnel cake in one of three signature flavours — Steam Engine, Locomotion, and Bullet. Each one begins with the classic funnel cake, deep fried to perfection with unlimited icing sugar. The Locomotion adds your choice of fresh fruit topping, and the Bullet is the deluxe model. It comes with your choice of 8 flavours of soft serve ice cream. Their special Pride Funnel Cake or Deep Fried Rainbow Cake is a super sweet way to celebrate Pride Month.

 

They also offer Funnel Fries, Deep Fried Mars Bars, Twinkies, and even Deep Fried Butter!

 

Sorelle and Co.

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Sorelle and Co. makes amazing desserts that everyone can enjoy. They are gluten-free, soy-free, sesame-free, vegan, nut-free, preservative-free, and flavour-full!

 

The concept was born by a mother whose 5 daughters all suffered from food allergies (“Sorelle” means sister in Italian). Their mother wanted to create a safe place where parents and families could celebrate special occasions, worry-free, with nothing off limits. Choose from their decadent selection of desserts without guilt or worry! They make cakes, cupcakes, brownies, macaroons and more, with a sophisticated take on healthier treats.

 

There are two locations to choose from, one at Saks Food Hall, at 176 Yonge Street (lower level), and their Yorkville boutique at 161 Yorkville Avenue. Note that no reservations are accepted at the Yorkville boutique, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Guschlbauer

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The super rich cream puffs and sensational cheese buns at Guschlbauer (690 Yonge St) are not for the faint of heart. These buns are big, substantial creations, stuffed full of sweet, creamy goodness. A soft, fluffy milk bun is stuffed with cream cheese and your choice of sweet fillings. Choose from original, chocolate, strawberry, mango, lychee and more!

 

Dessert Lady

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Dessert Lady (12 Cumberland Street) was created by a talented young pastry chef with a passion for making exceptional desserts. It has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of Toronto’s ultimate sweet shops. Everything is made from scratch using quality ingredients.

 

With more than 350 options on the menu, they’re sure to keep you smiling. Choose from Gourmet Cakes, including gluten-free options made from rice flour and almond flour, cupcakes, mousse cakes, macarons and much more.

 

Life near Village Green just got even sweeter! We hope this post gives you plenty to sink your sweet tooth into!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help connect you with the sweet things in life, and the sweetest things in your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Dig into Taiwanese fried chicken at Monga

 

Fried chicken is delicious. There are few statements in life that can be made with absolute certainty, but that is one of them. Fried chicken is enjoyed the world over, with each culture putting their own spin on things. If you’re ready to expand your fried chicken horizon, you need to pay a visit to Monga Fried Chicken at 692 Yonge Street.

 

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This is the first location in Canada for the Taiwanese chicken chain – making those who live in the neighbourhood some of the luckiest and most well located people in the country! Fried chicken is an extremely popular street snack in Taiwan. The chain gets its name from the Monga District in Taiwan, also known as Wanhua District, the birthplace of Taiwanese culture. Monga is also the name of a famous temple in Taipei.

 

The chicken served at Monga comes from local Ontario farms. They use only premium fresh chicken – never frozen. Monga’s fried chicken is made in-house, marinated with honey and over 30 other authentic ingredients for 8 hours. This creates tender and juicy fried chicken perfection.

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Choose from different styles of their signature fried chicken. The King is their original black pepper and salt recipe. It’s more mild and made for the fried chicken purest. The Hot Chick is seasoned with hot pepper powder and really packs some power. It’s a mixture of over 20 kinds of peppers, including Anaheim. It’s got real heat, without being overwhelming. The Taiker is the third signature option. It’s seasoned with seaweed imported from Okinawa.The umami flavour adds an impressive and bold layer to the crisp, juicy meat.

 

Premium chicken and other good quality ingredients don’t come cheap. A combo meal will set you back about $18, but the chicken pieces are huge, thick and incredibly tasty. Each breast is butterflied, so one side is thick, tender boneless breast meat and the other side is delicious dark meat. Just watch out for little bones when digging into the dark side.

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In addition to their signature fried chicken, Monga offers exceptional chicken wings, chicken nuggets and authentic, velvety soft bao (steamed buns) imported from Taiwan. The classic bao is stuffed with braised pork, pickled cabbage, cucumber, crushed peanuts and a hint of cilantro. If you want to stuff even more chicken into your experience, the fried chicken bao is for you. It’s stuffed with the original black pepper recipe chicken, crisp pickled radish, pickled cabbage, crushed peanuts and cilantro.

 

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At Monga, they don’t start frying your chicken or steaming your bao until you order. This makes for fresh and delicious food, but be prepared for a bit of a wait. The open kitchen allows you to observe the process of making each individual order and seeing the fresh ingredients being used.

 

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Another edge that Monga has over other fried chicken joints is their beverage selection. Spicy fried chicken and wings go great with beer. At Monga, they’re happy to serve you a Sapporo to wash it all down, (assuming you’re of age and aren’t ordering to-go). The ambience at Monga is pleasant, and sort of industrial-elegant. The restaurant is a bit narrow and the limited seating fills up quickly, so don’t go if you’re not prepared to wait. Monga also offers unique and tasty alcohol-free Asian juices and drinks. Choose from Coconut Orange, Kiwi Yogurt, Milk Papaya, or the most refreshing and picnic-like of the bunch – Fresh Watermelon!

 

Elevate your fried chicken experience at Monga, you won’t regret it. Best of all, it’s located very close to Village Green!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to experience the true flavour of your neighbourhood, and all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best sushi in Davisville

 

Davisville Village and nearby Yonge and Eglinton are two neighbourhoods with just about everything you could want. There is great entertainment, nightlife, shopping and lots of world class food. When it comes to choosing sushi in this neighbourhood, there are almost as many options as there are fish in the sea! Here are a few neighbourhood hotspots, and a few well kept secret places, that are rolling the best sushi in Davisville.

 

Lola Sushi

 

Lola Sushi (2070 Yonge Street) is a clean and cozy spot to sit and enjoy some quality sushi. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is casual and the food is fantastic. The Salmon Hand Roll and tempura vegetables really stand out.

 

Sushi Supreme

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Sushi Supreme (1995 Yonge Street) is not a particularly fancy place to eat. They are not trying to wow you with the decor, but rather with the food. They offer great sushi at fair prices, with plenty of vegetarian options, too! Since you’re not eating here for the ambiance, you may opt to enjoy your meal in the comfort of your own home, at Davisville Village. Sushi Supreme offers delivery on orders of $20 or more (before taxes), from 12 noon to 3pm, and from 5:30pm to 10pm. If you’d rather place your order and pick it up yourself, they offer a 10% discount.

 

Fukui Sushi

 

As soon as you step into Fukui Sushi (1612 Bayview Avenue), you feel welcome. That’s because you’re usually greeted by the entire staff. The restaurant itself is small and cozy (it can get crowded on weekends). All the seating is close to the sushi bar, so you can see it all being made and served fresh. This place definitely has a devoted bunch of regular customers, but new friends or repeat customers are all treated warmly. Fukui Sushi takes pride in providing an excellent customer experience with a soothing atmosphere, as well as incredible food. Try the sushi omakase, or the unique foie gras sushi, and add other pieces as you like.

 

Bikkuri Japanese Restaurant

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Bikkuri Japanese Restaurant (1835 Yonge Street) serves classic Japanese cuisine, including great sushi, curry, rice and teppanyaki dishes. Their minimalist setting allows you to focus on the fantastic food. The sushi is fresh and tasty, with a good rice to fish ratio. The service is friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. The Maguro (tuna), at $2.40 for one piece or $6.99 for four pieces, is a good option, as is the Ika (squid) at $2.20 per piece or $6.00 for 4 pieces. Their sushi and sashimi combos are the best way to go, though. The Take Sushi Combo ($21.99) comes with Tuna, Salmon, White Fish, Ebi, Tako, Hokkigai, Kani, Yellow Tail, Eel, Ikura, and your choice of California, Salmon or Tuna roll. Take out is available, too!

 

Sake Bar Kushi

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Sake Bar Kushi is an intimate and romantic Sushi and Sake Bar at 257 Eglinton Ave West.

They offer a la carte sushi, sashimi, maki and much more. This is a great place for a weekend night or date night. The prices are reasonable, the food is exceptional, and their selection of fine Sake and Sapporo pair brilliantly. If you’re lucky, they may even bring over a few complimentary side dishes to enjoy with your sushi!

 

Rolltation

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Rolltation (2291 Yonge Street) is proving that it doesn’t have to be traditional to be delicious. Rolltation specializes in sushi burritos. Picture a giant burrito-sized sushi roll, made just the way you like it. You can build your own custom sushi burrito, or Poke bowl, or choose a fixed menu option. Choose from loads of fantastic fillings like teri or wasabi mayo, tamago (sweet egg), purple potato, asparagus, edamame, mango, tobiko, avocado and more! The staff are friendly and helpful. They seem genuinely interested in helping you build your best burrito, and will provide helpful suggestions if you feel overwhelmed by your options. This place is more geared toward the grab and go crowd, but there are a few seats available, if you just can’t wait to get it home. This fusion food seems perfectly suited to the diversity of Toronto and the Davisville neighbourhood.

 

There so many sushi options in the Davisville neighbourhood — making a choice can be the hardest part. Now that you know where to go, what are you waiting for?

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited hopes this post helps you keep your meal choices fresh and gives you a little taste of all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

A week in the life near Church and Wellesley

 

There is no place quite like Church and Wellesley Village. Home to the hip, the happening and the “what the heck?!”. From great food and bars, to world class theatre, games rooms and much more. You could say there is an almost overwhelming list of options for a night or day out in the neighbourhood. To help you make the most of your good times in the village, we have some fun ideas for a week in the life near Church and Wellesley. Enjoy!



Monday


Mondays can be a little dreary. When you need a beginning of the week escape plan, head to Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street). Riddle Room is a live escape room and board games cafe, all in one. An escape room is a live action game you play with your friends. Participants are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve puzzles, find clues and use their wits to escape before the clock runs out!



Riddle Room is also a no-cover board games cafe. They only ask that you buy a drink, then you can hang out and play a selection of over 200 board games and video games with your friends for as long as you like. They’re open daily from 2pm until midnight (10pm on Sundays). Find out more about Riddle Room in our feature article and interview.


Tuesday

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Let the good times roll at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This black box theatre is a great choice thanks to its ever-changing program of experimental and envelope-pushing theatre in the heart of the Village. Buddies believes that “theatre plays a vital role in the educational, social, and economic health of a community.” It’s hard to disagree with that! Rush tickets are available during the week, as well as Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday.

 

Wednesday

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Even with all the fun you’re having this week, it’s possible that by Wednesday, you’ve got some stress knots to work out. Ease the tension with a midweek trip to Elmspa (557 Church Street). Treat yourself to a selection of massages including Bamboo, Deep Tissue and Siam Herbal Massage. They also offer a variety of facials, as well as manly mani and pedi options in a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Learn more about Elmspa in our feature article.

 

Thursday

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Living at Village Green means you’re always only a hop, skip and jump from world class theatre and musicals at CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly the Panasonic). With a new season of shows just announced, it’s the perfect time to plan a grand night out. Learn more about special dinner and show packages, to save money while you celebrate.


Friday


In a landscape of constantly changing clubs and bars, Woody’s (465-467 Church Street) has managed to remain a favourite since 1989. A lot has changed in the world since they first opened their doors, but Woody’s keeps on top of things with a great roster of special events. There is something for everyone at Woody’s. They feature 5 different bars, each with a different vibe, so there really is something for everyone. No special occasion is required, stop by and see what all the fuss is about.


Saturday

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Burn off some steam, and set your sights on pure fun this Saturday at Stryke Target Range (738 Dundas Street East). It’s more fun than you can throw an axe at! Your group can choose from a list of super fun and surprisingly stress-relieving activities, including archery, axe throwing, knife throwing and air guns.

 

Sunday


It’s been a super fun week, and you’ve earned some serious down time! Sundays are designed for getting cozy at home with your favourite Netflix shows. You’ll need to keep your strength up for all this lounging around, so why not take a walk around the corner and enjoy a great brunch at Lola’s Kitchen (634 Church) before you commit to some couch time. Learn more about Lola’s in our feature post about them. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you won’t go hungry in this joint.


There is so much to do in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood that trying to fit it all in can be the hardest part. We hope these fun activity ideas get you excited about a week in this awesome neighbourhood you call home.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with the fun and excitement that is all around you. We hope this post inspires you to explore your neighbourhood and discover what your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website

Take a class at The Chef Upstairs

 

The Chef Upstairs is more than just a restaurant. It’s a private dining venue. Good there is kind of having a great restaurant all to yourself. You choose the chef, menu, wine and even the decor for your group of 10 to 25 people. It’s perfect for families, team building and larger get togethers.

 

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But it’s even more than that. It’s also a top notch cooking school that offers interactive cooking classes. A group of 6 to 8 people work together, within a larger group of up to 14 people. A professional chef leads the class and provides all the guidance and instruction you will require. The classes focus on all aspects of cooking — from knife skills, to food preparation and seasoning — and of course, eating. At the end of the class, the group sits down together and enjoys the meal they have prepared. Classes typically include 3 recipes and provide a full meal. Best of all, you will take these new skills (and any leftovers) home with you.

 

Classes are offered at their Mount Pleasant Road location ((516 Mt Pleasant Road) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 6:45 pm. Each class is approximately 3 hours long and costs $99 for a single class, or $175 for two classes (or one couple in one class).

Check out their winter schedule. The Chef Upstairs is allergy aware and always 100% peanut and nut free.

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WINTER IN ITALY II

 

Winter may be coming to a close for this year, but anytime is a good time for comfort food. Especially Italian comfort food! Start with a classic winter soup, Ribollita –  a Tuscan white bean soup with simple Crostini. Next, make pasta from scratch and create butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. Finish things off with a deconstructed take on Cannoli.

 

MOROCCAN DELIGHTS

 

In this class you will pick up some basic knife skills, and learn how to layer flavourings like a pro to create your own North African meal. The lesson will begin with a mixed green salad with figs, apricots, olives and feta, served with a sensational sherry honey vinaigrette. The main course consists of a chicken breast stuffed with more apricots, figs, dates and raisins, topped with a dried fruit compote and served with a root vegetable tagine with couscous. A delicious Meskouta lemon cake completes the meal.

 

SPANISH TAPAS III

 

This is always a popular class. Classic Tapas recipes are simple enough to prepare but most boast a complex flavour profile. These dishes are relatively easy to recreate at home, so you’ll be able to show off what you learned with ease. Tapas is a shareable meal, composed of several “small plates”. In this course you will make delicious bites including Tomato Bread and Olives, Patatas Bravas with Chorizo, Berenjenas Parrillas (Grilled Eggplant with Melted Manchego, Capers, and Saffron Honey), Grilled calamari stuffed with ratatouille and Catalan Crema for dessert.

 

STREET FOODS OF THE FAR EAST III

 

Get a real hands on experience in this super-popular class. Make rice paper rolls and vegetarian dumplings from scratch! Then move on to Pho Bo — a perfectly satisfying soup for chilly evenings that is a meal in itself. For dessert, you will prepare an avocado ice cream parfait called Kem Bo.

 

MARCH BREAK AND PD DAY CAMPS

 

In addition to their regular classes, The Chef Upstairs offers classes for special occasions. Their March Break Cooking Camps are full day (9am to 4pm) group sessions for kids ages 7 to 16. They are designed to bring out the inner chef in your child, while improving self-confidence and encouraging them to work with others to achieve a delicious goal. They’ll start the day by making their own breakfast. They’ll spend the rest of the day cooking, baking, taking supervised breaks in the local park, or walking to the Mount Pleasant library to browse cookbooks, or go shopping together for fresh and local ingredients.

 

PD Day Cooking Camps at The Chef Upstairs teach children, ages 6 to 13, the basics of food prep, cooking techniques and healthy eating. The next one takes place on Easter Monday (April 2nd).

 

Make this the year you learn to cook, meet some new people, or plan a fun couples night out. When you go out for dinner, you feed yourself for the night. When you learn to cook with the Chef Upstairs, you feed your mind and body for a lifetime!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you cook up some fun and connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Dinner and a show at CAA Theatre

 

One of the major upsides of living at Village Green is being surrounded by fun, food and culture. The 2018/2019 season of Mirvish productions is heating up at Mirvish Theatres throughout Toronto and new subscription packages and lineup of shows will be announced very soon!

 

Dinner and a show, especially a world-class show like those performed at Mirvish Theatres,  is perhaps the perfect way to spend an evening with friends, family or that special someone. Several neighbourhood restaurants have teamed up with Mirvish to offer special discounts to subscribers, as well as prix fixe menus for those of us without season tickets.

 

Brownstone Bistro

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Brownstone Bistro (603 Yonge Street) is a 2 minute, 2 block walk from CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly known as Panasonic Theatre). The restaurant offers great food in a great atmosphere. Housed in a heritage building that dates back to 1888, Brownstone has been serving the neighbourhood fine Italian-inspired casual fare for over 20 years.

 

Brownstone Bistro offers 15% off for Mirvish subscribers. If you’re out for a special evening of dinner and a show, their 3 Course Prix Fixe ($32) dinner is the way to go. Start with your choice of Caprese Salad or Caesar Salad. There is an entree to suit your palate, no matter what mood you’re in. Their take on Chicken Marsala is a pan-seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms and Marsala wine, served with roasted potato and sautéed vegetables. It’s a great choice, as is the Steak & Frites — a classic New York striploin served with Yukon Gold fries and chipotle mayo. It’s classic meat and potatoes, simple and perfect. The Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with sautéed vegetables, quinoa and kale salad, drizzled with balsamic reduction, is a delicious and healthy option. The homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with a light rosé sauce topped with lemon-dressed arugula, is a tasty and satisfying vegetarian option. Be sure to save room for dessert! Learn more about Brownstone Bistro in our feature article.

 

Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge

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Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge (21 Gloucester Street) is an elegant, yet easy-going eatery. The food and the building itself is beautiful. The rich purple accents on the white table cloths is a nice touch that compliments the building’s almost ornate exterior. Mirvish subscribers always get 15% off here, but even if you’re not a subscriber and are just enjoying a one-off theatrical experience you can get a voucher with your ticket for their 3-course Mirvish Dinner Menu. Start with the soup du jour and your choice of house or caesar salad. Move on to the main course with your choice of Filet of Sole baked in lemon juice, butter and paprika, Chicken Parmesan with Chef’s Béchamel sauce, tomato sauce and cheese, or Penne Pasta with mixed fresh vegetables or diced chicken and your choice of Rosé, cream or tomato sauce. For dessert, a Créme Caramel Custard or Tartufo Ice Cream awaits you! Book your table today!

 

Focaccia

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In addition to the 15% discount offered to Mirvish subscribers, Focaccia (17 Hayden Street) also offers a 2-course ($18) prix fixe menu. Start with a house salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day, then choose an entree. Entree options include Spaghetti Marinara (with clams, shrimp and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce), Chicken Pizzaiola (a chicken breast topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, served with pasta and vegetables), Veal Parmigiana (a breaded veal cutlet with mozzarella, served with penne rose and vegetables), or the Basa Fillet (served with quinoa and vegetables). You’re sweet enough, who needs dessert.

 

Artful Dodger Pub

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If your Mirvish subscription has you feeling fancy enough and you’d like to keep dinner laid back and super casual, you can head to the The Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They offer a 15% discount for subscribers. This old fashioned and authentic British pub is the place to go if you want to enjoy a properly poured pint before the curtain goes up. There are also pool tables, dart boards and jukeboxes. Dig into classic pub fare like a Scotch Egg (a hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage, deep fried and served with mustard mayo), or a plate of Bangers and Mash, an order of Fish and Chips, or a 10 oz New York steak (served with peppercorn sauce, roasted red-skin spuds and Caesar salad). Whatever you choose it’s sure to stick to your ribs and keep you satisfied until curtain call and final bows at CAA Theatre. Learn more about the Artful Dodger in our article about the best pubs near Church and Wellesley and our other article about the best late night eats near Church and Wellesley — we’re big fans of the place!

 

Having so many choices for cuisine and culture right in your neighbourhood is something to celebrate. Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and a show. Bon appetit and bravo!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

The most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you’re looking to share a nice dinner with the one you love, there’s no shortage of establishments in and around the Yonge and Davisville neighbourhood. If you want to make it a night to remember, here are some of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village.

 

Coquine Restaurant

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Coquine Restaurant (2075 Yonge St) is a charming bistro that serves modern takes on traditional French fare. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, without being overwhelming or pretentious. Their Soupe Gratinée å l’Oignon (French Onion Soup $14) is the perfect way to start your romantic meal. It is made with organic beef stock that is reduced slowly (without flour), and artisanal French baguettes made by Mark Thuet of Petite Thuet. You can make this soup part of Coquine’s prix fixe menu. For $50 per person plus taxes and gratuities you can dig into an appetizer, main course and their dessert du jour. The Beef Bourguignon is a great choice — red wine braised beef, pork lardons, mushrooms and root vegetables, served with potato puree. Contact them for reservations and learn more about Coquine in our feature article.

 

Cibo Wine Bar

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Cibo Wine Bar (2472 Yonge Street) is a big and bold Italian eatery with 10,000 square feet of modern, rustic space. The wine bar is equipped with a 2500 bottle, two-storey wine room and original artwork from street artist Mr. Brainwash.

 

The Black Tiger Shrimp with spicy wine garlic tomato sauce ($19) appetizer is a great way to begin. For your main, we recommend the Chianti Braised Short Ribs – 10 oz porcini crusted beef short ribs with gorgonzola polenta and crispy onions ($38). Make your reservations today!

 

Sake Bar Kushi

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Sake Bar Kushi (257 Eglinton Avenue W) is cozy, but not cramped. They specialize in sharable Japanese cuisine, or Izakaya. From the moment you are greeted (in Japanese) to the moment you leave, you know that you have chosen somewhere special. The space is dimly lit with a relaxed mood, and the music isn’t too loud for chatting. You’ll want to make reservations for Valentine’s Day, so you can be more comfortable in a cozy and romantic booth rather than sitting along the bar. Try their Yam Tempura ($3.95) appetizer to start, and then order several delicious dishes to devour together.

 

NORTH 44 Restaurant

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North 44 Restaurant (2537 Yonge Street) is an upscale, uncompromising restaurant opened by renowned Chef Mark McEwan. It has been a destination for celebrity visitors and locals alike for over 20 years. The atmosphere is elegant, warm and romantic. It’s a restaurant that was designed to impress on all levels – and it does not disappoint.

 

If you’re looking to go all out, start with the Pan Seared Quebec Foie Gras ($29) – with brioche, fig, endive relish, foie foam and praline. The Five Spice Bison Tenderloin ($46) is a little exotic and perfect for a romantic evening. It’s served with potato terrine, grilled sweet pepper puree, roasted brussel sprouts, sage and organic heirloom carrots. Be sure to save room to share the exquisite Red Velvet Cake ($16) for dessert – with sour cream panna cotta, cream cheese mousse, beet tuile and cream cheese ice cream. Be sure to book a table in advance.

 

There is no better time to celebrate with the one you love than Valentine’s Day. When you book your spot at one of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village, you’ll be setting the table for a night to remember.

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Sip and Stroll this Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day packs a mixture of feelings — one of those feelings is stress! The pressure of finding something new and fun to do can be overwhelming. It can drain the joy of the day away. You can always go down the traditional, tried and true path of roses, chocolates, dinner and wine, but if you’re in the market for something a little different this year, there’s a fun way to sip and stroll your way through Valentine’s Day!

 

The West End Wine Discovery walking tour from Drink Toronto is a fun and active way to celebrate V-Day! As Erin Henderson, Co Founder of Drink Toronto puts it;

 

There’s nothing wrong with taking your partner out for dinner and staying in one spot and doing the traditional thing — but I think this gives it a certain energy and excitement… it’s not the same old same old. – Erin Henderson

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery

 

If you and your sweetheart love wine, food and romantic walks, this tour was made for you! You don’t have to worry about looking like a tourist on this tour, either. The group is kept small, 10 people or less, so it just looks like a group of friends hanging out. You may not have met these friends yet, but we bet that’s what you’ll be by the end of the evening.

 

Some of the most fun and funky bars and restaurants in the West End are doing some very cool and creative wine and food pairings — why would you want to miss out? The tour kicks off at a great little wine bar (the exact meeting point will be sent to you along with your booking confirmation) where you’ll sip and nibble to get things started. Then it’s time to stroll along Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods, to the outskirts of Parkdale. The two and half hour tour finishes off in an area that’s chock full of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants – should you still be in the mood for more fun. The total distance strolled is about 3 km.

 

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery

 

Let your fun and fully-informed guide deal with the details as you relax and enjoy the experience. You’ll get to meet sommeliers, chefs and business owners along the way, and hear them tell their tales as you indulge in generous samplings and food pairings.

 

It makes things fun! We make 5 stops at the coolest bars and restaurants in the West End. There’s something to eat and drink at every stop, and you get a really nice sample. So, it’s fresh and different and fun and new! – Erin Henderson

 

 

At each of the 5 stops along the tour, you’ll be treated to inventive and interesting food and a 2 to 4 ounce wine sample. The wines come from Ontario and around the world. You’ll learn about the wine, how it’s best enjoyed, and get more information about the neighbourhood hotspots as well.

 

You can dress however you like — the tour is pretty casual. Comfortable footwear is a very good idea. The tour organizers will do their best to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have, pbut lease make these requests at the time of booking. Vegan options may not be available at every stop. In the case of severe allergies, note that no guarantees can be made concerning cross contamination. And of course, this being a wine tour, it is open only to those 19 years of age and older.

 

If you want to mix it up and move around and drink it all in this Valentine’s Day, be sure to book your West End Wine Discovery Tour, today!

 

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Where to celebrate Valentine’s day near Village Green

 

Another Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Valentine’s Day can stir up not only feelings of love, but also feelings of stress and pressure as you struggle to come up with a fun and romantic plan for the evening. Every couple is different, so whatever the two of you want to do is up to you. If you’re looking for some ideas, here a few suggestions for where to celebrate Valentine’s Day near Village Green this year.

 

ElmSpa: Couples Massage

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Tension is no fun, especially on a romantic V-Day date night! Let the talented massage therapists at elmspa (557 Church Street, 3rd Floor) melt away your stress with a relaxing Couples Massage — so you and your sweetheart can start the night on a mellow note. Consider a side-by-side Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Bamboo Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Deep Tissue Massage in a room designed for two!

 

Learn more about your friendly, neighbourhood boutique oasis at elmspa and the deluxe Elmwood Spa (18 Elm Street) in our feature article.

 

AGO Bistro

Credit: AGO Bistro

 

Practice the art of love at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West and the AGO Bistro. They are offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at AGO Bistro. For $70 per person (plus taxes and gratuities) you get a sumptuous 4-course meal from this top rated restaurant.

 

Start with Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, béchamel, Gruyère cheese and Pernod. Next, choose between Goat Cheese Brûlée with plum, ginger, heirloom carrot, beet, passion fruit and tapioca OR Romaine and Treviso, with pickled fennel, oven-dried cherry tomato, sourdough, basil-pine nut pesto. Your entrée is a choice of Duck Breast with leek, roasted carrot, sautéed escarole and cherry jus OR Black Cod with bay scallop, potato, green onion, soy, balsamic and yuzu. It’s followed by dessert for two. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Book your table, today!

 

Scavenger Hunt

 

If you’re an adventurous and fun-loving couple, try this Scavenger Hunt from Narcity. The two of you will have to work as a team to see how many of the items you can find, or have a Valentine’s Day double date where you pair off against another couple to see who wins!

 

Rhubarb Festival

 

The 39th annual Rhubarb Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kick off of Canada’s longest running new works festival? Watch as boundaries bust and envelopes get pushed. It’s an exciting and unique evening of dance, music, performance art and more! Your ticket always gets you more than one show in a night – often 3 or 4! Get your tickets today to avoiding being disappointed on V-Day.

 

Ontario Place

Credit: Ontario Place Corporation

 

You may not think of Ontario Place as a Valentine’s Day destination, but you should! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, sip hot chocolate by a bonfire, and explore the magic of the Winter Lights Exhibition. Bask in the glow of 12 illuminated exhibits from local artists as you wind your way along the path of twinkling fairy lights. Best of all, it’s all free! If it gets too chilly, remember that the IMAX Cinesphere is open again!

 

You can learn more about the Winter Lights Exhibition in our recent feature article.

 

No matter what you and your sweetheart are into, there is something that you will love happening this Valentine’s Day near Village Green.

 

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