#33 Richmond Station

Richmond Station

Like the best British gastropubs, the menu is short, the welcome warm, the room cozy and the food unfussy and quite fantastic. The chefs do marvels with things as bland and ordinary as quinoa. Their quinoa salad is so assertive that quinoa becomes exciting — no small feat. Lobster bisque is short on cream, long on flavour, and the anise oil, foam and crispy croutons on top add value. Wild boar ragu is small bits of very tender boar in fab tomato sauce, chili spiked, with small mushrooms and barely cooked small cubes of celeriac. This is the comfort food of my dreams. And calories be damned, inhale their riff on Reese’s Pieces: a cloud of peanut butter mousse with graham cracker floor and chocolate ganache roof, it a side of drunken raisins in whisky and a little bit of frou-frou on top — crisp candied shavings of celery!

  • Richmond Station
  • 1 Richmond St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 647-748-1444
  • www.richmondstation.ca

  • Chef: Carl Heinrich
  • Sous Chef: Alex White
  • Cuisine: Bistro,Canadian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $85
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No, can accommodate
  • Wines available: 32
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Green P nearby
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