#49 The Saint Tavern

The Saint Tavern

The hottest eating tavern in the city is a white-tiled Parisian bistro on, where else, Ossington. The bar is hopping, the drinks are cool, and the food is clever comfort done with ever-increasing pizzazz — especially since Buca’s exec chef, Rob Gentile, stepped in to help oversee the food here. Gently browned perogies stuffed with cabbage and pork belly get a yummy redo from smoked cheddar. There’s a fun shout-out to eggs benny in the lobster and corned beef hash topped with poached eggs in very good barnaise sauce. And an impressive creative touch: Bacon in the duck sausage, and for garnish perfectly deep-fried Brussels sprouts leaves with quick-pickled tomato shreds (quick, as in pickled when you order). The cheeseburger is pretty great, as are the frites. Skip dessert; it’s old school.

Ed. note: Rob Gentile remains the executive chef of the King Street Group, but Jesse Vallins designs the menu and leads the kitchen team at The Saint.

  • The Saint Tavern
  • 227 Ossington Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 647-350-2100
  • www.thesainttavern.com

  • Chef: Jesse Vallins
  • Cuisine: Bistro,Canadian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $50
  • Hours: Wed. to Thurs. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 40+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Entire venue can be booked
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available, parking lot behind restaurant
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