Just Opened: Williams Landing

Williams Landing opened but a couple weeks ago in Liberty Village, adding an open space restaurant to the young and hip community burgeoning there. Boasting a beautifully bright space, this new eatery is on track to attracting the young professional and established business class for after-work drinks and delicious dishes.

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Williams Landing’s focal point is the four-sided rectangular bar that straddles the indoor and outdoor divide on the rooftop expanse. A mix of warm woods and industrial materials punctuate the restaurant, with splashes of red chairs and hints of greenery used as accents. The decor, by Toronto firm McMillan Design, uses as much sustainable and recycled material as was possible – FSC certified woods line the walls inside – with new materials being looked at from a reusable perspective.

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General Manager Jay Costescu says Williams Landing is meant to be a new hub for the neighbourhood, a locale that will hopefully become a community fixture. It’s likely: The space is inviting, and the menu – helmed by Chef Marco D’Angelo with the aid of Sous Chef Beman Chan – is a fusion of international influences like Vietnamese, Asian, and South American; a continental approach if we’ve ever seen one.

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The menu will switch up with what’s in season when possible; bold, fresh flavours and ingredients are tantamount to the execution of most dishes. Williams Landing will smoke and cure many of its meats, and an independent butcher is used to supply prime cuts as opposed to a daily rack-style delivery. Produce is picked up daily from the Ontario Food Terminal, meaning the season’s best will make its way to the restaurant every morning.

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An impressive wine list accompanies the meals, including around 75 bottles – 30 or so of which can be ordered by the glass – that vary from affordable to premium. The beer list is significantly smaller, but has local breweries like Mill Street and Amsterdam represented.

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Williams Landing is a bit far displaced from the downtown core, but it’s worth the “trek.” (Really, a streetcar and short walk isn’t too discomforting, is it?) You don’t feel like you’re necessarily in Toronto when here; it’s more an urban oasis as opposed to an oasis that’s urban. Open seven days a week, Williams Landing is poised to bring in foodies, urbanites, and relaxed restaurant goers for drinks, dinner, or simply some light apps before a night on the town. Check it out next time you’re in Liberty Village.

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Williams Landing, 120 Lynn Williams, Toronto. Check out Williams Landing on Facebook to stay up-to-date.