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A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is a great lunch spot perched on the third floor of the Gardiner Museum. The restaurant is open for both brunch and lunch, and offers a Bistro inspired menu. Additional, the dining room was lovely decorated with an elegant atmosphere. The space used to house a cafe run by Chef Jamie Kennedy until 2013 when Toronto caterer, À la Carte Kitchen, was handed control over it. Since then, they have transformed the space, and serving up delicious food. Please note that if you are a member of the Gardiner Museum, you will also receive 10% off on food items. 

I was invited to a private event titled "Best of Toronto" held at the Gardiner Museum a few months back. The event was attended by museum patrons and donors, members of media, and food bloggers. The evening presented a great opportunity to sample the food items catered by À la Carte Kitchen, and to see how an event at A la Carte Bistro was like. The successful event was catered by the team behind À la Carte Kitchen, and they did a fantastic job. At times, it can be a little difficult to evaluate a restaurant based on the food that they serve at an event, since the portions are sample sizes. However, I did enjoyed the food items that we got to sample that night, and it gave me an idea of what sort of food they serve at the restaurant.

The event definitely did showcases how an event held at A la Carte Bistro was like. I thought that the overall atmosphere was lovely and classy, as there was even an experienced live pianist centered in the room. The  flow of conversation emanating from the party was loud, and I could tell that guests were enjoying their night. Lastly, I have a huge sweet tooth, so I was largely impressed by their dessert table. A la Carte Bistro sure knows how to throw a successful party. I want to thank the team behind À la Carte Kitchen, and A la Carte Bistro for the invitation and warm hospitality as I had a great time!







Address: 111 Queens Park Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7 (Gardiner Museum, 3rd Floor)
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alacartebistro 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/alacartekitchen

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro

by on Thursday, May 07, 2015
A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is a great lunch spot perched on the third floor of the Gardiner Museum. The restaurant is open for both ...

Original Visit: September 18, 2013

Bymark is a fine-dining restaurant helm by the well-known chef Mark McEwan. It's located in the Financial District in downtown Toronto, so it's rather accessible by car and TTC. It was a rather spontaneous dinner as we didn't know what restaurant to go to until the last minute, hence the later than usual dinner time.


 The four of us (including his parents) were given the menu to peruse.


 We were offered complimentary toasted bread with butter while we wait for our food. The server went around with a basket of four different kinds of bread (I forgot the names).



 Being the only one at the table who loves oysters with every meal; my significant other got the oysters (4 got $15.40). It was market price so if you get oysters; the prices will fluctuate depending on the seasons.


 As I read through the starters; the lobster poutine definitely caught my eye. I decided to start with the
lobster poutine [crisp frites & classic bearnaise] ($27). The dish arrived, and it was a lobster shell containing golden cut fries and topped with warm classic bearnaise sauce. I was pleasantly surprised that the shell contained a good chunk of white lobster meat, and it was very filling.The bite-sized lobster chunks tasted delicious with the rich tasting sauce. Additionally, the fries were crispy and weren't overly oily.


 As for my main course, I opted for their surf and turf ($44). The dish arrived beautifully presented on a white plate and decorative with garnishes and cooked vegetables.


 The scallops ($38) dish.


My significant other decided on getting the U.S.D.A. 16 oz. Rib eye ($50). According to their menu, all of their rib eye steaks "are dry aged eight weeks." 


Overall, I had a lovely dinner at Bymark, and everyone else did too. I thought that our server was knowledgeable, and attentive despite having to wait about 4-5 other tables around us. The atmosphere is perfect for family dinners, casual business diners, and special anniversaries as well.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4.3/5
Service: 4.3/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4.3/5
Price: $$$$

Address: 66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1M6

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Bymark

by on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Original Visit: September 18, 2013 Bymark is a fine-dining restaurant helm by the well-known chef Mark McEwan. It'...