Think global—eat local. More than a slogan, this is the culinary philosophy of Ed Ho. His Toronto restaurant, Globe Bistro, was at the forefront of the local movement long before it was en vogue to go local, and he is still pushing the boundaries for locavores to follow.
Warm and rustic, the re-design of Globe Bistro is reminiscent of Ho’s other restaurant entity, Earth. The menu invites us to discover the breadth of Canadiana. Comfy black leather banquets beckon us to stay a while.
With pride in local Ontario produce Chef Dan Sanders shows us he has the globe at his fingertips. His artful pairings like seared BC albacore tuna and crispy pork belly with squash kimchi and apple emulsion; black cod and lobster with pea puree, cinnamon cap mushrooms and wild rice crackers; and roasted elk loin and braised osso bucco with spaghetti squash and mushroom ragout reflect his flare for decadent tastes of culinary matrimony. Punctuating the menu is Canada’s Finest Plate, a
daily feature that showcases the fresh local ingredients from today. (Full disclosure: I had called the restaurant mid-afternoon to ask about the feature, and was told the Chef could not reveal it until after 5pm. I would not be surprised if he was out foraging). We want to be impressed by a Chef’s adroitness and imagination, and we are. Each plate is a vibrant medley of colours, textures and flavours.
Just as the dining menu has a strong regional focus, so too does the wine menu. Globe Bistro has been a Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year from 2009 to 2014. We are delighted to find one of the most in-depth selections of Ontario
VQA wines available in Toronto.
For a tease, we also glance at the weekend brunch menu, but then promptly return for brunch to delight in a swine & dine of eggs, potato hash and pork seven ways (house sausage, bacon rasher, pork belly, peameal, creton, pork & beans and crackling)! Also of tantalizing note is French toast of spiced carrot bread stuffed with citrus cream cheese and a sprinkling of toasted walnuts and maple syrup.
Originally built as a theatre in 1910, Globe Bistro offers us a variety of ambience. From the front bar to the main dining room, and from seating at what was once a stage to the second floor private dining. The rooftop patio is a hot destination for urban getaways, as we find an eclectic vibe of the after-work crowd rolling into the evening.
Flaunting a playful side, the kitchen sets my sweet tooth singing with imaginative confections including a wholesome scoop of croissant ice cream. Exploring the locale of local, we’ve got the Globe on our map!
For more info, or for gift cards, private dining, events and office parties from 8-10 to 200, go to:
124 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, 416-466-2000
Adam Waxman is an award winning travel journalist focusing on food, wine and well being. As well as an actor in film, television and formerly, the Stratford Festival, he is the Publisher of DINE and Destinations magazine.