It's bringing the Mediterranean to the 6ix.
The upscale spot opened its doors on Tuesday, which means you can now enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean without going further than Woodbine Beach.
The restaurant was designed to make you feel like you're vacationing somewhere in the Mediterranean — far away from Toronto and all your pandemic blues. With its pastel interior and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the water, it definitely does the trick.
"We really wanted to bring that European colour tone and the European vibe here to the beach," Harji says. "We'll have some live entertainment and some shows and stuff like that so it'll be, hopefully, a well-rounded experience."
Inside, you'll find a spacious room with modern seating and sleek decor. The bustling kitchen is partially visible off to the side, and an elegant bar can be found smack dab in the middle of the restaurant. Sunlight pours in through a wall of windows that can fold back to give the entire space an open-air vibe.
The vacation feeling continues as you step out onto the wraparound patio, surrounded by greenery and hanging lights that zig-zag over the coral sofas and chairs. The sound of waves may not be coming from an ocean, but hey, it's easy enough to imagine.
The menu, which changes daily, is thoughtfully curated by chef Ted Corrado (formerly of the Drake and Summerhill Market in Toronto). It has loads of shareable plates and plenty of options for seafood lovers (remember, it's all about that Mediterranean vibe). It's a bit on the pricier side, so take note that you're probably looking at spending around $90 or more on a meal for two, depending on what you order.
Corrado explains that he was inspired by his trips to Italy and wanted to add some "European sensibility" to the dining experience.
"We want to honour the food that we're bringing in, so we're being very critical of where we're getting our food from and the quality," he says. "If something isn't available or up to our standards, we'll pivot and figure something else out."
The Branzino Crudo from the raw section of the menu is beautifully plated and feels like it melts in your mouth, so it's easy to see why it's one of Harji's favourite menu items. The Short Rib Stuffed Pita is another memorable dish, and it offers a burst of flavour and texture with every bite. The pasta does not disappoint, and the Bucatina A La Vongole, which is served with clams, is a must-try if you love seafood (and carbs!).
Short Rib Stuffed Pita | Madeline Forsyth | Narcity
Bucatina A La Vongole | Madeline Forsyth | Narcity
Branzino Crudo | Madeline Forsyth | Narcity
Of course, a day at the beach isn't complete without a cocktail or two, and the club has options for both daytime and nighttime sipping.
The Cantaloupe Island and Pampered Rose bevvies are as colourful as they are tasty. The Cantaloupe Island is sweet with a mix of tropical flavours. But the Pampered Rose should definitely be your go-to if you're a fan of tequila and are doing it all for the gram (its presentation is stunning).
Cantaloupe Island | Lance McMillan | Narcity
Pampered Rose | Madeline Forsyth | Narcity
The entire experience really gives you that beachside vacation feel. So if you're looking for a unique, upscale place for a meal, the Toronto Beach Club is worth checking out.
Toronto Beach Club
Address: 1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Escape to the coast at this dreamy new restaurant located along Woodbine Beach.