66 Wellington W, Toronto, ON, M5K 1J3
One of Toronto’s hotspots, Bymark presents a wealth of sophisticated cuisine and design, right in the heart of the financial district.
|Cuisine Type |||French, Fusion, Seafood|
|Ambiance |||Patio Dining, Romantic Spot, Fine Dining|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Great Wine List, Must Reserve, Notable Chef, Catering, Cigar Friendly|
|Pricing |||$41 and more|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Union Station|
|Cross Street |||King & Bay|
|Mon-Fri: 11:30AM-11PM; Sat: 5PM-11PM|
Profile Last Updated: November 05, 2008
The menu at Bymark coyly mixes more formal fusion dishes – rack of lamb, seared tuna, duck breast – with upscale versions of the everyday – burgers, macaroni and cheese, shepherd’s pie, grilled cheese sandwiches. But of course, the grilled cheese is stuffed with aged brie, lobster and crisp pancetta, and is served paired with a suggested chardonnay, a far cry from diner food. The burgers come topped with foie gras, mango jam and mustard aioli. Such extravagant whimsy is not without its cost, though, and Bymark may serve the most expensive burger in Toronto.
Not for the Indecisive
The wine list is sprawling at seven pages, separated by region, with a healthy selection of new and old world wines. If the possibilities are overwhelming, Bymark annotates its menu with suggested wines to accompany each dish, from appetizers through dessert. The menu also offers a course of boutique cheeses paired with optional port and wine, and the dessert menu presents mixed platters for those having difficulty choosing.
The Bymark experience goes beyond culinary showmanship, the design by Yabu Pushelberg commands almost as much attention as the menu. The décor brings natural elements into a contemporary urban space – wood is prevalent, while even fluorescent lighting gets fashionable play. Downstairs, the dining rooms can be opened or closed for private events, and are equipped with internet access to cater to corporate functions. The upstairs contains a courtyard bar that spills onto the patio, from which Mies van der Rohe’s modernist TD towers rise dramatically in the background. Winter dining at Bymark offers the same effect – the patio is covered and heated when the weather cools down. The bar offers a truncated menu of both food and cigars, and is a great place to check out Bymark’s fashionable, upscale crowd along with the tasty food and unique design.