|Cuisine Type |||Fusion, Asian, Mediterranean|
|Ambiance |||Meet For Drink, Romantic Spot, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dessert, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Great Wine List, Local Favorites, Must Reserve|
|Pricing |||$21 - $30|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Spadina streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Harbord and Spadina|
Profile Last Updated: November 05, 2008
Messis is fine dining for the masses. Exquisite dishes at reasonable prices. The restaurant’s interior is a study in sleek, simple chic. The space is flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows on the opposing walls, bar shelves and ceiling adornments follow the same funky, geometrical design, while black, white and brown shades neutralize the room.
Keeping Things Fresh
Messis is only open for dinner and though their menu changes regularly, you might find a new favourite every time you go. Appetizers include salads and soups (like the sweet corn puree with shaved parmesan) as well as such concoctions as the curried shrimp and crab cakes with coconut, mango, pineapple, red pepper slaw and a cilantro/green onion drizzle. Thin crust pizzas and a few pastas usually make the menu or you can try the shrimp and calamari linguine puttanesca, an Italian dish that relies on garlic, anchovies, black olives and capers for its sharp, distinct flavour. Additional mains might be anything from roasted free range chicken breast stuffed with pancetta, served and with zucchini, portabellini mushrooms, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and roasted sweet potatoes, to basil-encrusted rack of lamb with a rich brie polenta.
Finish with a Bang
The dessert list has a little of everything. Try the Wild blueberry & white chocolate phyllo strudel, one of a variety of Italian ices with shortbread, or the sinful Grand Marnier chocolate mousse cake with raspberry ice. If you prefer to take your indulgences in liquid form, grab a grappa, frangelico or Spanish coffee.