The Parlor – in the Storys Building 416.367.5151 http://www.storysbuilding.com open tues to sat, dinner-to late
For a brief time this space was an under-the-radar industry night club. I remember dancing the night away in the two-level space with friends of mine from my old Century Room days. This evening Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji are hosting the grand opening of Cocktail Parlor: a fabulously chic hangout with a fascinating cocktail list (more like posh magazine) and locally sourced tapas menu. The crowd – a mix of Toronto’s elite – savor and sip this darling, atmospheric bliss, like something out of a Caravaggio painting reimagined by David Lynch. Servers pass out an endless supply of delightful liquor.
Toronto (Wisers legacy rye, fernet branca, simple syrup). Negroni (Tangueray gin, sweet vermouth, campari). Sloth (Tangueray gin, melletti amaro, fernet branca). Gin and tonic (tanqueray gin, house tonic water).
After a short wait, the food starts making its way around the room. I quickly snap a few photos before the room devours the long awaited canapés.
Tarte flambé with lardo crème friache is crisp and creamy. House Iberico ham tastes a little like packaged ham over an inflated pita chip topped with horseradish and mustard fruits. Zucchini flowers though a little heavy on the batter, light up taste buds with curried chickpeas and jalapeno.
Wagyu beef with pickled bone marrow, salsa verde and egg yolk at first taste seem disorganized, but then fade away very nicely together. Duck terrine is “very melt in your mouthish”, sitting on brioche combined together by foie gras and pickled pear. Spiced ash hamachi (Japanese amberjack) is my favorite out of the bunch; crunchy coconut and crumbles into a sugary sweet delight.