Perched across the street from the ROM (or the Royal Ontario Museum, to be official), Museum Tavern is a great spot to rest weary gams. The nostalgic brasserie is outfitted with a copper ceiling and tufted stools by the bar.
Undoubtedly, these cocktails are popular: boozy beverages from the menu are often found splayed across local papers. House picks include the French Tonic with Cointreau and falernum; I sipped on the Mumbai Special, a spiced mix of vodka and curried-jaggery syrup that conjures up visions of India's most energetic city.
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Booze and Bites at Museum Tavern
Located across from the sharp edged Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Museum Tavern has finally brought an upscale yet affordable place to dine nearby.
Reminiscent of Balthazar's atmopshere in NYC, Museum Tavern has an intimate and sophisticated vibe plush with maroon leather banquettes and French tiles. You'll notice a few decor pieces that are signs of Toronto's history like the sign and cash register from the old Benelman's restaurant and Rolling Stones memorabilia from the El Mocambo.
The cocktails are boozy and plenty; the food will fill you up. Out of the many appetizers we had, I highly recommend the fresh tuna poke cones. The Fish and Chips can be shared for two. If you have room, the Joe Lois dessert does not disappoint.
This is a great place to catch up with a friend, go on a date or bring a group. Though it's across from the ROM, it's definitely on my locals list.