#59 Bymark


It was #39 in 2012, #51 in 2014, #59 today. Why? ’Cause the lights are on but nobody’s home. It’s still on the list for two reasons: The room is still of breathtaking beauty, spare elegant wood and stone Canadiana. And the McEwan Group’s buying power and knowledge bring ingredients of the highest quality — the best seafood, and red meat fit for kings. As befits the diners at Bay Street’s fave after-work watering hole. But how come we can’t find any tarragon in the $28 lobster barnaise poutine? The cooking is rough around the edges — too much sugar in kimchi artichokes, soggy chickpea frites with the lamb. And service, previously so suave, has become less knowledgeable. One evening we ask two servers what flavour a foam is and neither knows. But the thousand dollar suits still love the $35 burger. Eight ounces of P.E.I. grass-fed beef with ultra-crisp onion rings and unimpeachable French brie makes those 80-hour work weeks feel worth it.

  • Bymark
  • 66 Wellington St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-777-1144
  • www.mcewangroup.ca

  • Chef: Brooke McDougall
  • Cuisine: Canadian,Italian,Burgers
  • Cost of dinner for two: $150
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to close; Sat. 5 p.m. to close
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 500+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Free parking available at TD Centre after 5 p.m., valet parking available
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