Wednesday, January 16, 2013


102 Lakeshore Ave, Ward’s Island, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Reservations: 416-203-2152
Cuisine: Global
Cost: Canadian dollars 100(approx.) for two with alcohol.
Reservations Recommended
Wheel chair access: No

The location is charming in itself, sitting comfortably on an Island, with the only access by a ferry. It gorgeously stands among greenery in a nineteenth century rectory converted into a chic café and patio. Thankfully I had a reservation, as it is difficult to find a place in the patio under the pine trees overlooking the Lake more so on a warm sunny afternoon. It is like being as near as you can get to a tropical paradise, balmy breezes at the patio make for a perfect setting. With an endless expanse of blue sky within reach, the restaurant takes its external tropical landscaping and warm interiors to the next level. The design seems to be inspired by the collision of rustic simplicity and glamour. Needless to add for people around being here seemed reason enough; soaking in the grandeur of an elegant era while enjoying a selection of viands below reproach.
Really intoxicating food! The menu touches on several cuisines including Turkish, Italian, Greek, Spanish and even Japanese. Moroccan chickpeas are delightful and paella though not quite a complex as that in Valencia is nonetheless very good eating with lots of seafood, meat and vegetables in grainy rice. Other specialities include the Ontario Chipotle Bison Burger and pulled pork Panini. Good cheeseboard and tantalising desserts ranging from luscious fruits to tiramisu and New York style cheesecake. Most unpretentious, Rectory café has for long been a favourite for those who want good, wholesome food. The restaurant attracts a discerning crowd from all walks of life.

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