Museum Tavern, a splendid-looking homage to Parisian bistros like Le Vaudeville, dishes more than good looks.">

Kates: Museum Tavern is more than just a pretty face


Published:

Museum Tavern's slick digs (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Fun pub grub is rare and sweet, for too often it’s grease all the way. If you find yourself hungry on Millionaire’s Mile at Bloor and Avenue, good luck. Precious little there is fit for humans to eat. The new Museum Tavern, a splendid-looking homage to Parisian bistros like Le Vaudeville, dishes more than good looks.

It’s casual, easygoing and actually has some good flavours. Tuna poke is a buttery sesame tuile cone stuffed generously with raw tuna and avocado in sriracha mayo. One wouldn’t expect butter to work with raw tuna but the twin smoothnesses — butter and tuna — echo each other very kindly.

We also adore the elk sliders, bay burgers cooked rare (if you ask nicely) on cute little egg buns with crispy bacon. Torpedoes are long sandwiches, the best being pulled lamb with chevre, pesto and arugula. Let super-bartender Moses McIntee do something clever with bourbon, and kick back.

Museum Tavern, 208 Bloor Street West 416-920-0110

Joanne Kates trained at the Ecole Cordon Bleu de Cuisine in Paris. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Maclean’s and Chatelaine, and she was the Globe and Mail’s restaurant critic for 38 years.

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

First Look: Birch Bistro opens in Céléstin’s former home on Mount Pleasant

First Look: Birch Bistro opens in Céléstin’s former home on Mount Pleasant

Laurie Hillesheim, long-time industry veteran, and first-time restaurateur has opened Birch Bistro in the old Céléstin spot on Mount Pleasant at the corner of Manor Road. She has enlisted chef Philippe Coeurdassier (formerly of Mogette Bistro) to run the kitchen.
Posted 1 day ago
The Countess of Bunwich: Rosen’s new creation raises the stakes for summertime treats

The Countess of Bunwich: Rosen’s new creation raises the stakes for summertime treats

Well, Amy Rosen of Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns (825 College, at Ossington) is taking things to a whole new level of decadence with the Bunwich.
Posted 2 days ago
Celebrity chef Claudio Aprile set to open his new restaurant Copetin in time for summer

Celebrity chef Claudio Aprile set to open his new restaurant Copetin in time for summer

One of the city's most well-known and groundbreaking chefs, Claudio Aprile (Origin, Colborne Lane) has announced the next step in his culinary career with the opening of Copetin Restaurant and Bar.
Posted 3 days ago
First Look: Israel’s Cafe Landwer sets up north of Toronto

First Look: Israel’s Cafe Landwer sets up north of Toronto

Chances are, those who have been to Israel (birthright, anyone?) are familiar with Cafe Landwer. The popular Israeli café, which got its start back in 1919, finally opened its very first Canadian outpost in Vaughan earlier this year.
Posted 3 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module