Grey Gardens Toronto
I've never considered Kensington Market the spot to go for fine dining, but clearly that's changing. Toronto's edgy bohemian neighbourhood is a colourful collage of graffiti with a pungent aroma of Canada's favourite botanical in the air.
Sommelier extraordinaire Jake Skakun is a guy that I have followed around the country since his days at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver. His stint at The Black Hoof got me in the door on several occasions in Toronto, and now with Grey Gardens I was more than curious.
To start, the wine list is what I have come to expect from Jake — a thoughtful mix of international and local, but with an emphasis on quality and decent value. One of my wines of choice for the night is a Tawse Cab Franc exclusive to Grey Gardens.
The menu is surf and turf, but with an Asian hipster twist. This is the kind of restaurant where I want to eat small plates as everything looks so delicious. Menu items like rutabaga with cheddar, endive and watercress are better than they sound, and turkey sausage with leek, shiitake Dijonnaise are right on the money.
Mostly what I love about Grey Gardens is the intimate space tucked into one of Toronto’s most insular and cozy neighbourhoods. I may have found myself a new go-to spot for my frequent visits to Toronto.