The Beverly Hotel 416.493.2786 http://thebeverleyhotel.ca/
The space is tall, narrow and very newly renovated. The chic downstairs resto is cozy, while the real party is upstairs on the rooftop. A long bar, greenery and the night sky sets the mood: chill. I was told they are in the process of extending the rooftop patio to include a “fishbowl room” with glass walls overlooking Queen Street. Up-top an International fingerfood menu is hit and miss, a little unimaginative and under-seasoned.
The bars sparkling sangria, though an interesting concept, tastes like carbonated orange juice. And then the bartender totally redeems himself with a hard hitting Mojito, that seduces you with mint and smooth rum.
First to arrive, Tabouleh (or is it?): a simple salad of greens with quinoa sprinkled on top. Adventurous summer salmon and halibut ceviches taste raw and completely unpalatable – soggy potato chips don’t help. Chewy, richly spiced beef heart “anticucho” saves a bad beginning along with skewered fatty pork “mus-shu” topped with roasted garlic hoisin and crispy onion.
The Beverly Hotel is a beautiful spot, especially with the rooftop patio; however I’m not convinced, and without good food this spot will be short lived.