(English) Van Horne Restaurant

Vanhorne menu

Van Horne recently celebrated its second anniversary and I was delighted to try their latest cuisine prepared by recently-hired chef, John Winter Russell. I was already familiar with Van Horne as I had the occasion of dining at their tiny bar while on a photo assignment for a Toronto lifestyle magazine. My meal was impressive then and although the chef had changed, my second meal was just as memorable. What I appreciate most about Van Horne is its contemporary elegance and creative, but not overly fussy cuisine. The sleek and small restaurant is decorated with a totem pole named Bill, the doors from the Iranian pavilion of Expo ’67 and a wall of paper plates designed by Roy Lichtenstein. Any art lover will love the space and the equally artistic dishes that reflect the avant-garde aesthetic of the space. There are also two new dining concepts at Van Horne that I think will intrigue you…

Vanhorne interieur

Veggie Sunday

Sylvie Lachance (shown here with myself) and Urs Jakob, the visionary duo who own the restaurant, decided to cap off each month by offering a completely vegetarian meal. That means that this Sunday, June 30th, you can enjoy a meat-free tasting menu for $45.

 Carrie et Sylvie Lachance

Sobriety Society

Not only can you now eat an entirely meatless meal at Van Horne, they also offer an avant-garde juice-pairing flight ($14) to accompany any meal. Perfect for a date with your with-child friend, your teetotaler pal, or simply as a delicious detox treat for yourself!

Vanhorne Restaurant

Contemporary Cuisine

Winter Russell’s plates are made up of in-season and locally-sourced ingredients, like the sea buckthorn, yellow beet and scallop dish that I so enjoyed. Or the parsnip hazelnut and brown sugar cake for dessert that was also a favourite. For those of us who like to enjoy a nice glass of wine with our meal, Van Horne thankfully still offers excellent wine pairings.

Van Horne Restaurant
1268, avenue Van Horne
(514) 508-0828

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