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Far Niente Updates its Financial District Flavours

VENERABLE BAY STREET RESTAURANT FAR NIENTE BOASTS A HUNGRY NEW CHEF AND A REVITALIZED MENU

Far Niente Restauran Toronto Financial District Chef Jun Geem

Chef Jun Geem presides over the kitchen and new menu at Far Niente (photos: Craig Moy)

For two decades, fine dining room Far Niente has been pleasing power lunchers, pre-theatre patrons, and post-work patio goers in the Financial District. It’s a well-liked, reliable place to eat. A new chef and updated menu, however, have given the institution a bit of a shake-up. Now heading the restaurant’s kitchen (as well as that of Four, Far Niente’s more casual PATH-level counterpart) is executive chef Jun Geem, an alumnus of George Brown College’s culinary program who’s cooked everywhere from London’s Fat Duck and Nobu to luxury hotels in Dubai, Mexico and Bermuda.

Given such as resume, it’s no surprise that he brings a classically informed yet cosmopolitan approach to Far Niente’s revamped dishes. The likes of Quebec foie gras with a dark chocolate and cherry terrine and pomegranate seeds make for an indulgent start to your meal, while mains including swordfish with braised cabbage, raisin beurre noisette, carrot-horseradish purée and charred cucumber showcase the chef’s facility in balancing both flavours and textures. Though the large, leather-bedecked dining room itself hasn’t changed, per prevailing trends it has gotten a little livelier, a little more easygoing. All the better for enjoying chef Geem’s contemporary fare, or that extra sip from the hundreds-strong wine list, or a shareable deconstructed s’mores for dessert.  —Craig Moy

 

• Far Niente, 187 Bay St., 416-214-9922; farnienterestaurant.com
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