Address: 66 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON
This Toronto restaurant is as famous for its $37 hamburger as it is for its creator: celebrity chef Mark McEwan.
From the outside, it looks like the restaurant is dimly lit but on the inside it is actually much brighter (despite the fact that there are no windows). The decor is very simple, clean and elegant – much like McEwan’s menu. The ambient music is quiet enough that it doesn’t interfere with your conversation.
What We Ate:
(The full menu for Summerlicious at Bymark can be found here)
– Variegated Asparagus Salad (prosciutto, frisee, toasted hazelnuts, Vidal ice wine vinaigrette)
– Bonus: piece of olive bread (very yummy)
– Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak (warm spring beans, wild mushrooms, citrus butter)
– Chocolate Eclaire (pastry cream, house made chocolate ice cream)
– Strawberries & Cream (puff pastry, bittersweet chocolate dipped strawberries)
– Pink Champagne Cocktail
As part of the Summerlicious menu, the 3-course meal was $25.00
(drinks were extra)
The earthy asparagus was wrapped in salty prosciutto, and nestled next to a small nest of frisee. The sweet vinaigrette and hazelnuts were an unusual pairing with asparagus, but it was tasty.
When we tucked into our main dish, we were silent for several minutes. Not many foods can render us speechless, but this dish certainly did. The steak was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth soft, and ever so tasty. The citrus butter gave it an extra kick which brightened up the flavours of everything else on the plate too. We don’t know what kind of mushrooms were on the plate, but they were yummy!!
Just when we thought we’d be able to speak again, our desserts were brought out. The chocolate on both desserts was to die for. Totally perfect in flavour and texture, I think we could pour it on just about anything and be happy. Both desserts were light and delicious, but we both thought the eclair should have been a bit bigger. Everything was artistically presented, of course, and all of the garnishes were edible (which we love).
We had multiple servers bringing food throughout the meal and all of the staff we encountered were very professional and friendly. We didn’t feel rushed or neglected at any time. We thought it was nice that someone walks around with fresh bread and asks you what kind you’d like. You can nosh on this while you wait for your meal to be cooked.
We had a very relaxing and satisfying experience, and if you can try it during the Summerlicious (or Winterlicious) events, it’s worth every penny. It’s also conveniently located close to Union Station, making it very easy to get to. We would definitely like to return to try out some other items in the menu.
The infamous “Bymark Burger” was not on the menu (not even the mini-version) but if you’d like to try it out at home, the National Post has the recipe here.
Sorry, the photos didn’t come out great. We shot them mostly with cellphones…