If you’ve heard of Toronto being a big, metropolitan city, you’ve probably also heard that it is a city of multitudes. Everything exists in multiples (which is great because it offers variety)… there simply is a plethora of anything you can possibly imagine; of which restaurants are no exception. If you’re ever in the city, and are looking for restaurants to explore or try out, LAVELLE should be at the top of your list.
Lavelle, or Chez Lavelle as it’s also known, is a fairly new addition to the abundance of restaurants that contribute to the flair of the city. A French restaurant situated “above King” – 16 floors above the city and overlooking its skyline, Lavelle is one whose ambiance caters to both a simple, casual rendez-vous with pals for brunch and a more formal business discussion over drinks or a light meal.
Featuring an elaborate dining room that seats over 200 people, Lavelle also presents (with) a rooftop pool, patio, and bar in its 16,000 square feet worth of space. While opting to mimic the city’s terrace housing with the choice of blue skeletons of scaffold-like structures, the serenity one feels from the view of the immediate space is unprecedented.
It’s short of looking over one’s patio into a pool, with the only caveat being the requirement of an annual membership to access the patio/pool and cabanas. With the kitchen spearheaded by chef Romain Avril, it offers a meticulously-planned menu that features exquisite delicacies, ranging from tartares to frittatas, steaks and mouth-watering desserts, along with a cocktail menu that changes every season. If you’re not one for alcohol, do not be afraid to ask your waiter/waitress to whip up a mocktail – they also have an interesting selection, and you’d be surprised by what you find.
A vision of creative masterminds Reza Abedi, Rob Montemaro and Peter Freed, Lavelle is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the food department. So why not take some time off your schedule and treat yourself the way you really should? 🙂
**P.S: You can’t go wrong with the ‘Smoked Salmon Benedict,’ ‘Classic Breakfast’ or ‘Buttermilk Pancakes.’