All I can say is...THURSDAY NIGHT WINE NIGHT!! LOL - Thursday nights they have $15 bottles of wine and $1 sushi...and their sushi is THE BEST! I go out once a month with my girlfriends for ladies night, and this is where we ALWAYS end up!!
Spice Route is one of the trendiest restaurants in Toronto right now. I couldn't get the reservation time I wanted (on a Monday night!) because a movie with Julianne Moore was being filmed there until 7pm. I booked anyways, and I'm glad I did. Even on a Monday night, the restaurant was packed with reccessionistas, Trendy King West-ers and Bay Street bankers out for an after work drink. The ambiance was dim lighting, rich dark wood and Asian inspired decorating. I went with 3 of my girlfriends and everyone was really satisfied with the experience.
Upon arrival at the restaurant we were welcomed by the subdued and cozy torches lighting the outside entrance way followed by a perky greeting from the hostess. We were promptly shown to our table and offered drinks. I ordered a cosmo martini-my go-to drink, which was served in a stemless martini glass with a strawberry floating in it (the best way to eat fruit!) We were then asked if we had been there before and because we hadn't the waitress explained the way the way the menu works. The portion sizes are large and meant to be shared, and food groups come separately (meat, veggie and noodles/rice) If you order one of each food group, it can feed your whole table. I ended up ordering two appetizers to myself instead: naan bread with three different dips and vegetable pakora with Yogurt dip. Both were delicious. The girls went with the sharing option and got lemon chicken and noodles. We were all left very satisfied with money still in our wallets. For the lush decor and quality of food and service, the price point was very low, only $75 for the four of us.
We left deciding that we would definitely book our next parties, events or birthdays in their pink lounge area. (pictured) All together, Spice Route was a gorgeous Toronto locale with great food-just don't forget to make a reservation!
ps. If you go, be sure to check out the washrooms ;)
Remember that dingy club/lounge that used to be on King St W at Brant St.? Yeah, why would you? Well, the owners of Liberty Entertainment Group bought that location and have turned it into a venue to be remembered. Spice Route.
From the street it doesn't scream 'Look at me! I'm a fancy restaurant! Adorn me!'. Rather, it screams 'What's inside?! I bet you want to know. And if you want to know, which you do, you'll need a reservation.'. I'm kidding, you don't need a reservation to look inside. But if you want to sit down for dinner, you definitely do. Call a week in advance - two weeks for large reservations. You'll be glad you did.
The second you sit down, you don't look at the menu - you look at the ambiance surrounding you. And I swear, it makes the food taste better no matter what anybody else tells you. Once you order your delicious array of food (meant to be shared with the table - not the actual wood table - your friends at the table), your food arrives immediately! And it disappears just as fast. There are tons of options for vegetarians, carnivores, drinkers and definitely people with a sweet tooth.
Perfect for a small or large birthday dinner, after work drinks (although the bar does get horrendously slow after 7:00pm), taking 'out-of-towners' somewhere special and definitely if you want to 'pick-up'. The crowd is full of fashionistas and what I can only assume are investment bankers and lawyers.
Go there and be seen, Toronto!
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