492 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2B3
A Queen West fixture since 1991, Taro Grill serves the upscale-casual crowd its eclectic blend of comfort foods on the sly.
|Cuisine Type |||Eclectic|
|Ambiance |||Patio Dining|
|Amenities |||Prix Fixe Menus|
|Pricing |||$21 - $30|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Queen or Bathurst streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Queen and Bathurst|
|Mon-Fri 11AM-2AM, Sat-Sun 10AM-2AM|
Profile Last Updated: December 11, 2008
Taro Grill, long established on the Queen West ‘hood, may be one of those places you may have passed by a million times without paying much mind. It’s a wallflower, a sleeper in this vibrant bohemian enclave, overshadowed perhaps by its modest exterior. The entrance through a small patio gives way to a wall of sliding glass windows that open up to become a sort of pseudo-terrace in the summertime. Inside, cascading arrangements of inlaid broken plates depict an array of florals along the floors and walls. Patrons are met by a long wooden bar, mirrored by an adjacent open kitchen. A mixture of booths and table seating, Taro can accommodate about forty, not to mention the dozen or so stools along the bar.
How Bout Some Breakie?
On weekends, brunch is served till the late afternoon, starting with freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade iced tea, and frothy cappuccinos. The poached eggs are a definite hit, served atop a potato latke with hollandaise and applesauce, accompanied by a choice of wilted spinach, peameal bacon, or smoked Arctic char. Waffles are made fresh by the aid of an iron, pancakes are dressed with seasonal fruits, and the “blue plate” is a classic take on the steak and eggs combo.
A Continental Bill of Fare
Lunch and dinner offers a host of pastas, sandwiches, seafood, and pizza tarts. The yummy chicken sandwich is a perennial favourite, served on focaccia with marinated tomatoes and homemade mayonnaise. While customers wait for their meal, a complimentary helping of handcrafted hummus is served to the table. The menu is fairly eclectic, a compilation of stuffed chicken dijonaise, warm goat cheese salad, wasabi-drizzled calamari, braised lamb shank, and shrimp brochettes. A prix-fixé menu is provided at dinnertime, a savory list of hearty dishes for under $20. And desserts by Dufflet Pastries are on board too, a certain treat for cheesecake lovers out there.