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DINE and Destinations - - THAILAND -

Jody Ness is shar­ing the love. In a bold move from north Toronto to the so­phis­ti­cated vibe of the Cos­mopoli­tan Ho­tel on Col­borne Street, he con­tin­ues to give peo­ple ex­actly what they want, “one guest at a time.” His clas­sic mod­ern steak­house menu has trav­elled well to these new digs. Why change some­thing when it works so well.

The chef uses Que­bec maple char­coal to pre­pare lus­cious Ster­ling Sil­ver steaks—the best our coun­try has to of­fer. Is there any­thing more sat­is­fy­ing than a well­mar­bled rib steak that has siz­zled on the char­coal grill? The wine list is care­fully cho­sen to en­hance the menu. Which wine goes with steak? All of them. And there are short ribs that have been slow cooked in a friendly cou­pling with tangy house-made sauce. A warm coun­try loaf comes wrapped in a cloth, but does not re­main un­eaten long enough to get cold. Sal­ads and veg­eta­bles are of­fered in a va­ri­ety of ways, and the menu proudly lists all the veg­e­tar­ian and gluten-free items.

Aged barn boards line the wall in the long bar at the front, and com­fort­able booths sug­gest you stay for a ca­sual din­ner. The dis­play of spir­its in their beau­ti­ful bot­tles is def­i­nitely a con­ver­sa­tion opener. As you stroll back to the ta­bles in the din­ing room, you’ll no­tice a sec­ond floor, where you can stand at the rail­ing and see the scene be­low. A long pol­ished wood ta­ble is set in the pri­vate din­ing room, di­vided from the main din­ing room by a heavy glass door. First im­pres­sions? Pretty darn spiffy.

COS­MOPOLI­TAN HO­TEL 8 Col­borne st. 416 350 8188 NORTH YORK 3438 Yonge St. 416 483 4800

www.wild­firesteak­house.com

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