Food: Café Cancan
Café Cancan has long been at the top of my list of places to taste, not only because my super duper talented friend Tiffany Pratt (the Portia to my Pearl!) designed it, but also because the dreamy French menu looks oh-so-ridiculously-over-the-top-rich, and it hits all the perfect notes of design and cuisine that I’m currently craving.
When I decided to stay behind a few extra days in Toronto to avoid Hurricane Irma, I found the perfect opportunity to perch myself at the end of the bar (because we couldn’t get a reso, hello hot spot!). But secretly, that has always been my favourite place to casually experience a new restaurant - bar top spots!
Here’s the thing… This space was previously a spot I loved to frequent, called The Harbord Room, and I had high expectations given how much I adore Victor Barry’s Piano Piano. It also adds something to the city that I think was missing, so it makes me very happy that they've completely re-invented this space! Café Cancan is so approachable, playful and very warm, and really ties together their brand so beautifully.
I arrived a little early to peek the menu and immediately knew on this rainy day that I wanted to have a Parisian warm mushroom soup (with truffle hits!) which comes with a side of Gruyere toast, and definitely eyed the tenderloin with duck confit…next time!
A couple of my favorite flirty moments in the space are that Tiffany discovered the most perfect blush tones (including a gorgeous floral wall paper!), added gorgeous moulding details (all painted out to add a gorgeous texture!), coffered ceiling (inlaid with a gorgeous grey leopard wall paper!), and fixtures that delight (like the turning pully system fans). The vibe itself is almost Palm Springs meets Pairs, and the menu is truly drool worthy!
It was the perfect space to catch up with a good friend, and has such lovely little nooks that it would be great for a bigger party if you call ahead to book a booth!
Cafe Cancan (647-341-3100, cafecancan.com)