98 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N2, Canada
Photo courtesy of SARA Restaurant
Mon - Fri 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30pm - 11pm
Sat 5:30pm - 11:30pm
SARA RestaurantSARA, found in a narrow Victorian semi-detached house off buzzy Queen Street West, wants diners to disconnect from the outside world. Marble tables have compartments in which to hide cellphones. The airy space is calm and muted with walls devoid of art, keeping distraction at a minimum. The focus instead is on celebrating food and good conversation. The menu mixes and matches different worldly influences. The appetizer of squash latkes are dolloped with salmon roe and chive cream; the snap pea slaw includes matchsticks of Asian pear and tart umeboshi. A section of the menu devoted to items off the robata grill offers king salmon with avocado, puffed wild rice, and sweet chili, or a tender pork belly option. You'll be glad you disconnected.