#46 The Harbord Room

The Harbord Room

Citizens of the Annex pack it every night, thanks to the most reliable bistro food in town. We hope chef Cory Vitiello doesn’t get distracted by his new acquisition (ex-Messis next door), because he’s very good. His seasonal risotto always packs a big flavour wallop and is of impeccable texture. His burger blows most other contenders out of the water, thanks in part to the puckery homemade ketchup for the frites. We love chef’s soups, for he never relies on butterfat to jack flavour, instead employing the likes of tomatillo, chili and black beans for excitement. He has lately taken to lightly smoking and poaching trout and tossing tender coins of octopus with citrus and chorizo, to great effect. And still the warm pink room, still the ever-amiable service. End with the indulgence of deep dark chocolate tart with peanut butter mousse and a drizzle of salted caramel.

  • The Harbord Room
  • 89 Harbord St., Toronto (map)
  • 416-962-8989
  • www.theharbordroom.com

  • Chef: Cory Vitiello
  • Sous Chef: Jonathon Lucas
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $85
  • Hours: Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri. to Sat. 5:30 p.m. to late
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes can accommodate
  • Wines available: 50+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $30
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Can book entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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