Bywoods Mediterranean Restaurant

Bywoods

Just when you want to exclaim “Not another Mediterranean restaurant on St. Clair” Bywoods surprises you with something a little bit different.  From the owners of breakfast franchise Boom Breakfast & Co where the menu is about excess and heart pumping brunch Tony Cappellano has brought us a bright and spacious restaurant that slows down the pace bringing warm, wood tones and palate enticing dishes that are both light and refreshing yet comforting.

Divided into two distinct seating areas, one bright the other more aphotic, both take advantages of gorgeous wood beams and paneling while playing with the natural light from a bank of windows that overlook busy St. Clair West.  Either room can entertain either as a full dinner service or separate event locations with tables that can easily be moved to focus on family style dining or a romantic dinner for two.

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As beautiful as the dining area is it’s the magic Chef Craig Denhe is performing in the back of the house that makes their menu not like the rest.  The signature cocktail of gin, rosemary, lemon and soda is a drink subtle enough to allow diners to appreciate all the nuances of the dishes while providing refreshing lubrication.

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Quality of taste and innovation are highlighted throughout Bywoods new fall menu with standards like crusty thin pizza bursting with flavours of fig,  salt prosciutto, gorgonzola and spicy arugula or smoky roasted vegetables and creamy goat’s cheese.

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Salads become headliners when beets are tossed with charred onion, arugula, goat cheese and a walnut dressing.  Even familiar starters like their mediterranean salad of vine ripened tomatos, olives, cucumbers, red onions and feta is elevated when tossed in a marjoram dressing with coriander yogurt.  All taste buds are satisfied as bursts of tangy, sweet, salty and slightly bitter play together in a perfect combination.

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Seafood dishes are creative and executed to a high standard.  A light cream sauce coats tender strands of linguine while happily nesting succulent and briny shrimp.  A juicy scallop is perched dangerously atop local chorizo sausage and hatted with a dollop of avocado mash while breaded calamari looks like it needs anchoring it’s so light and airy.

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Perfectly cooked lamb is slightly overshadowed by the miracle that is mashed potatoes with smoke paprika but still pairs well with sauteed spinach and Moroccan spiced jus.

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The flank steak unfortunately was a bit tough compared to the fork tender lamb but a crisp salad with arugula and mushrooms and the bright, earthy salsa verde brought it justice as both complex and extremely palate satisfying.

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To finish off the decadence of dishes as delightful as these a moist, dense flourless chocolate cake in the perfect exclamation point to a fantastic menu.

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Bywoods does a fantastic job at bringing together a Fall menu with the ability to please everyone’s preference while giving their chef a showcase for his immeasurable talents.  From casual pizzas to fine dining caliber seafood all served in equally capricious surroundings guests are in for much more than standard St. Clair Mediterranean.

 Bywoods

760 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario
(416)658-0460

 *I was invited to try the new Fall menu by the restaurant however all opinions, which I have many, all one hundred percent my own.

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