As is the norm on King West in Toronto, Brassaii is another classy eatery/lounge packed full of business professionals from noon til night. This Mediterranean restaurant seems to be the place to go for building connections. It also just happens to be an excellent choice for brunch, lunch or dinner in Toronto, and as a cherry on top, Brassaii turns into a bar/lounge area later in the evening.
The interior is an incredible bright and open space with a contemporary cosmopolitan atmosphere. A favourite among those in Toronto is the huge front patio that opens onto King West in the summer, allowing for a perfect afternoon in the warm shade with a cool martini in hand. The Mediterranean fare has been composed and concocted by acclaimed chef Bruce Woods, who studied at none other than George Brown College’s acclaimed Culinary School in Toronto. Best known for brunch (think: croissants, French toast, Croque Monsieur, eggs benny with smoked salmon, delicious coffee blends), Brassaii also boasts the Prime Rib Burger, the Foie Gras – a pan seared duck liver with Brioche French toast and sumac berry and squash compote – and the Duck Confit, a French dish made from the duck leg. Other delightful options are Brassaii’s Potato Gnocchi, Beef Carpaccio appetizer, and to top an evening off, the Orange Vanilla Crème Brulee, which consistently garners rave reviews.
Another nice touch to this King West venue are the Vesper Martinis: a cocktail that was originally made from gin, vodka and Kina Lillet, also known as James Bonds’ classy drink from Casino Royale. For those of you planning on staying alcohol-free for the evening along Toronto’s King West, Brassaii also has supplied an impressive list of loose-leaf teas and espresso drinks, ready to be enjoyed by non-imbibers. Brassaii Cafe, Restaurant and Lounge, 461 King Street West, Toronto, 416-598-4730.