Echoing the chic aesthetic of Hotel Le Germain, Victor Restaurant + Bar boasts contemporary architecture and decor that blend style, warmth and a welcoming ambiance. Helmed by star Executive Chef David Chrystian from TOP CHEF Canada fame (and recognized as one of Toronto’s best chefs), Victor specializes in social dining with dishes inspired by the ethnic mosaic that forms the cosmopolitan city of Toronto.
Dining for dinner on the evening of our stay at Hotel Le Germain (during our Buick Experience), we shared a variety of plates off the Toronto Tasting menu, with each creation inspired by a specific cultural region and corresponding street intersection of the city. Paying homage to the Old Mill (Bloor & Old Mill) neighborhood, pan seared scallop “choucroute” (French for sauerkraut) was accompanied by housemade sauerkraut, mustard and caraway seeds, and garnished with finely sliced radish.
Little Italy (College & Clinton) inspired “Pasta e Fagioli” with fresh pasta cooked al dente, delicate prosciutto, navy beans, and seasonal vegetables in a light brodo (broth).
We noticed poutine on the ‘sides’ menu and just had to try some. The large portion of poutine included Kennebec potatoes, squeaky cheese curds, and its gravy consisted of a sweet balsamic reduction topped with green onions.
As seen on TOP CHEF episode 10, this ode to the Roncesvalles Village area of Toronto (also known as Little Poland) consisted of a cabbage roll, seared beef slice with tomato, beetroot horseradish and apple gel.
From its early beginnings as the Irish enclave of the city, Corktown (King & Parliament) inspired “Fish and Chips” dish contained layers of fish and crispy deep fried potatoes topped with tartar sauce and malt vinegar.
To celebrate Toronto’s Chinatown (Dundas & Spadina), Chef David created a novel take on “Chicken Fried Rice” with crisp chicken thigh, fried egg, and plenty of vegetables including mushrooms, carrots, and baby bok choy.
Victor Bar shook up some fantastic cocktails throughout the evening such as the tropical pineapple and rum beverage below. And to finish off the meal, we sampled a decadent brownie for dessert, uniquely garnished with a dehydrated tomato slice.
Check out the Victor Restaurant + Bar overview video above and see if you can spot actor Jason Bateman.
VICTOR Restaurant + Bar
Hotel Le Germain
30 Mercer Street, Toronto, Ontario
Hours: open daily 5pm-12am