Re­venge in a glass

This bent-on-re­venge cock­tail is for cinephiles

North Toronto Post - - Food - By Karolyne El­la­cott

A POP-UP NOT

Warn­ing: Fig­ures is not a pop-up shop, de­spite signs point­ing to the con­trary. A vis­ual ca­coph­ony emerges be­hind the glass win­dows of the Av­enue Road space: walls are pa­pered with pages of graphic nov­els; a gi­ant Mickey Mouse perches in a cor­ner; and lim­ited edi­tion fig­urines dec­o­rate shelves. But press the big red but­ton, and a hid­den door opens to re­veal the lounge-y restau­rant be­yond.

ARTIS­TIC LI­CENCE

“This venue is un­ex­pected; it’s very artsy,” says Patrick Mar­zouk. Fol­low­ing great Mis­sis­sauga suc­cess with &Com­pany, Patrick and his brother Nader swooped into the T.O. din­ing scene. “We said, ‘What is Toronto miss­ing?’ ” Nader says. The big city al­lowed for more artis­tic li­cence than in the ’Sauga, and with their magic for­mula in hand, they opened Fig­ures ear­lier this year. Since then, it’s been a celeb draw, with pa­trons in­clud­ing Jonathan Che­ban (Kim K’s bestie).

INKY BLACK SIPS

The drinks menu is split into two sec­tions: clas­sics and house cock­tails, with each li­ba­tion pos­sess­ing a car­toon hero or vil­lain mo­tif.

Our pick is the vil­lain­ous Malef­i­cent ($19). Us­ing the An­gelina Jolie flick as in­spi­ra­tion, this inky black con­coc­tion con­jures up re­venge in a glass. “It’s the cock­tail man­i­fes­ta­tion of the char­ac­ter,” Nader says. J.P. Wiser’s dou­ble still rye is paired with some peaty Bruich­lad­dich scotch for an in­tense base. The ad­di­tion of pineap­ple and lime juices and cashew orgeat adds tiki flavours, and ac­ti­vated char­coal gives it colour. The trop­i­cal tip­ple ar­rives ta­ble­side with a flam­ing sugar cube, pack­ing a wicked wal­lop. Fig­ures, 137 Av­enue Rd., 416-900-1022

Brothers Patrick (left) and Nader Mar­zouk, own­ers of Fig­ures; the Malef­i­cent cock­tail (right)

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