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Deep Dish: The Latest Restaurant News

New and noteworthy restaurants opened, or planned, in Toronto, Vancouver, and the Tucson, Ariz., area.


July 5, 2011

Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain offers the Splash Dining experience.

Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain offers the Splash Dining experience.

Toronto club king Charles Khabouth has opened La Société French bistro, on tony Bloor West’s Mink Mile, in the second-floor space previously occupied by Dynasty dim-sum restaurant, which relocated to Yorkville.

Dark custom millwork and mosaic floor tiles create a classic bistro/brasserie vibe, but the focal point is the beautiful stained-glass ceiling.

Augmenting the dining room are a bar area and two patios – a second-floor garden terrace and a spacious street-level terrace on Bloor Street.

Steak frites, bouillabaisse and mussels, among other bistro staples, rule.

Following a four-week soft opening, Hawksworth Restaurant has opened in Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in downtown Vancouver.

Serving contemporary Canadian cuisine, renowned chef David Hawksworth’s eponymous eatery has earned some early rave reviews.

Groups can take advantage of the York Room, a private space, overlooking the Vancouver Art Gallery, that accommodates 72 for sit-down dinner and 100 for cocktail reception.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., has introduced Splash Dining, a unique in-the-pool dinner setting that immerses the legs of diners, servers, chairs and tables in water.

Diners are seated at tables placed in night-lighted Turquesa Pool.

They check their shoes upon arrival and are invited to wear shorts or knee-length pants for the meal, which begins as they wade to their reserved seats partially submerged in the pool.

A customized meal is then served by a wading server team, with dessert personally delivered by a chef wearing the aquatic version of chef’s whites.

Splash Dining is available for groups of up to 16.

Toronto-based Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants is partnering with The Bay department store to develop some interesting things at its flagship Queen Street store, in downtown Toronto.

Plans include a new O&B restaurant, Bannock – currently under construction – which will serve Canadian comfort food with a twist. Plans also call for the renovation of the historic Arcadian Court, and the development of a conference facility on the eighth floor.

Tableau Bar Bistro is now operating in Vancouver’s Loden Hotel, offering a French-inspired menu, created by executive chef Marc-André Choquette, that blends the classic flavours of Paris with West Coast ingredients.

Choquette comes with an excellent pedigree, having worked as executive chef at renowned Lumiere restaurant for eight years.

A redesign of the Loden’s space has allowed the property to add an outdoor patio and two event spaces: le Grand Salon, accommodating 35 people, and the private dining room le Petit Salon, seating 20.



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