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Seal the Deal at These Big-for-Business Restaurants



Hy’s Steakhouse is a classic clubhouse for Financial District dealmakers (photo: courtesy of Hy’s Steakhouse)

We know that not every meeting takes place in a boardroom; some negotiations are better handled over a leisurely meal or a few drinks. Fortunately there are client-friendly restaurants in some of the city’s classiest neighbourhoods.

Hy’s Steakhouse  This classic—and very classy—steakhouse has for decades been a hub for downtown dealmakers. Skilled servers prepare tableside Caesar salads and ensure your New York striploin, porterhouse, filet mignon or bone-in rib steak is cooked just the way you like it.

Canoe  If the view from this dining gem on the 54th floor of the TD Centre doesn’t sufficiently impress your guests, chef John Horne’s modern Canadian cuisine sure will.

Ki Modern Japanese + Bar  Fresh yet authentic Japanese flavours pervade the menu at this hot spot. It’s particularly popular for lunch and post-work drinks.

Drake One Fifty  It’s bohemian meets business at this Financial District outpost of the artsy Drake Hotel. Leather booths, a marble bar with wooden pergola, and a colourful mural by Gary Baseman serve as the backdrop for chef Ted Corrado’s cooking.

Blowfish on Bay  A stunning bronze walkway sets the tone at this refined Asian restaurant, whose flavours are showcased in such dishes as coconut-battered shrimp, and gyoza with edamame and snow pea shoots.


Kasa Moto highlights contemporary Japanese fare

Kasa Moto  An ornate yet sophisticated interior at this two-storey restaurant—from the team behind Colette Grand Café and The Chase—sets the stage for contemporary takes on Japanese dishes such as lobster tempura and wagyu beef carpaccio.

La Société  A Belle Époque bôite, its dramatic dining room boasts a stunning stained glass ceiling and bronze candelabras. Tuck into a menu of French bistro classics like coq au vin, croquet Madame, steak frites and Niçoise salad.


Just off the beaten path, George is a sophisticated best-kept secret (photo: Levon Hill)

George  Helmed by award-winning chef Lorenzo Loseto, this restaurant is well-known for its seasonal multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The à la carte menu includes the likes of black cod with roasted beets, cornish hen with a goat cheese mousse, and duck breast with pomegranate.

Origin  The menu at chef Claudio Aprile’s sharing-plates establishment is divided into several sections, with Asian-, European- and molecular gastronomy–inspired dishes emerging from a raw bar and mozzarella bar, or from the kitchen served chilled, hot or sweet.

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill  Just steps from other O&B jewels such as Canoe, Biff’s and Jump, this is a favourite of Bay Streeters seeking upscale comfort food. Think crab cakes, mac and cheese with roasted chicken, and fish tacos with smoked pineapple.

The Carbon Bar  A casual spot for drinks and Southern-style fare like beef brisket sliders, scallops and pork belly with salsa verde, and a shareable, meat-saturated pit master’s platter. The cocktail menu includes an aptly named beverage, the tequila-based Deal Closer.

—Linda Luong Luck

One response to “Seal the Deal at These Big-for-Business Restaurants”

  1. I follow @chowhoundgta to know where to go. Some of these places, like Carbon Bar, and Blowfish, although nice… are not innovative enough to impress a discerning high powered diner.

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