Brothers Food & Wine is one of Toronto’s new gems that recently made it in #8 of enRoute’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017. Located in Yorkville, you’ll feel the ground shaking while you dine because the restaurant is right above Bay Subway station, and actually beside subway entrance.
Seating around 30 people, the inside is small, narrow and intimate, yet casual. There are only three high chair seats by the window if you’re looking to take photos. There’s a long bar counter which seats about 18, and then some dining tables that have views of the open kitchen.
Did you know? Owners Chris White and chef Jon Nicolaou who met at Terroni Queen West have been best friends since the age of 16. They wanted to name the restaurant “Best Friends”, but ended up with “Brothers” instead because it looked better on the window.
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The best way to describe the food here is simple yet executed perfectly, using seasonal and local ingredients. The menu is a simple one-pager from cheapest (snacks and appetizers) to priciest (main entrees).
There is no tasting menu option, but portions are reasonably generous. I recommend you to order a couple of dishes to share so you can try more.
One of their popular dishes and one that I’d recommend you to get here is the Sweetbreads, which is quite uncommon to find. They are actually not bread that is sweet, but the thymus or pancreas of a calf or lamb. You’ll find the taste somewhat resembles that of foie gras, but with a rough texture.
Their dishes have some Mediterranean influence to it as can be seen with the use of tarragon.
The same can be said for their Steelhead Trout with manzanilla, which was perfectly cooked having a moist and tender meat and crunchy skin.
The sea bream crudo was very fresh. It tasted refreshing with a slight hint of sour from the dill and a nice crunch from the fried sunchokes. You might fight over this one since it’s very light.
For pasta lovers, you can’t go wrong with the Tagliatelle with its al dente homemade noodles going so well with the soft, fresh stracciatella. Note that you might find the dish a bit bitter due to the dandelion.
There’s not a lot of these kinds of restaurants in Toronto so Brothers is a must-try in the city. It is definitely one of Toronto’s best new restaurants.
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Brothers Food and Wine
Address: 1240 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5R 2A7