Located in Commerce Court East, steps from Yonge, this is where high-tension brokers unwind after a stress-filled day at the Toronto Stock Exchange. Halogen lighting against blonde furnishings and glass walls treat the clientele to the sights of the courtyard patio. It was voted Best Restaurant Bar by ‘Where Magazine’. Chef Michael Bonacini prepares mostly meat dishes, with a few offerings from the sea. Mains include an Australian Rack of Lamb, Veal, and a savoury Sea Bass.
Spectacular downtown drink-then-dine spot in the heart of the city, attracting a dashing office crowd for early evening cocktails. Look up through the atrium and you’re surrounded by skyscrapers; look out through the glass wall and there’s a flowering courtyard (though it’s only open May to September.) For the rest of the year we suggest you warm your hands over whiskeys and manhattans in the mahogany-lined lounge.
The decor of blond and auburn wood furnishings mingled with tropical sun umbrellas and palm trees blend a feast of colors. Whether for lunch or dinner, an array of choice appetizers, pasta, and main courses, many from the grill, awaits the busy midday crowd and the more leisurely evening set, though on crackerjack stock market days the mahogany bar fills up early and stays up late. The choice of lunchtime appetizers and entrees is as plentiful as dinner’s, but the evening pasta selection is unrivaled. Dishes come either as starters or as a main course.
Jump is such a see-and-be-seen spot that you might suspect it’s all show and no substance. Actually, the food is anything but an afterthought. To start, consider steamed mussels in ginger-and-coconut-milk broth or grilled tiger shrimps on Thai mango-peanut salad. The menu features dishes such as grilled 10-ounce New York Black Angus steak with Yukon Gold fries, salsa, and mushroom gravy. The more adventurous have other choices, such as osso buco with spinach-and-lemon risotto. The wine list favors the New World, and there is a fair number of selections by the glass. Luxe desserts will set your diet back by about a month. Service is smooth, and the only complaint I could possibly make is that Jump never seems to settle down.
A sprawling space in Commerce Court, it can be tricky to find. Just follow the buzz — as the decibel level rises (above romantic, but not uncomfortable), you’ll know you’re on the right track.