Toronto's inviting Asian-Canadian spot
Step into the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto and in just seconds, you’ll feel right at home. The bright, open lobby is one of the most stylish that the city has to offer, a prelude to the fine-dining experience that awaits at Bosk.
At Bosk, the signature restaurant at the Shangri-La, intricate wooden latticework and warm neutral marble tiles come together to create a space that’s inviting, yet modern and reminiscent of Japanese-style tatami rooms. The crisp white tablecloths, well-stocked wine wall and sheer drapes framing the floor-to-ceiling windows lend an airy but luxe feel to the 80-seat dining room. Even more luxurious is the champagne cart that rolls up to your table to kick off your dinner, boasting an impressive selection of French, Italian and Canadian bottles like Henry of Pelham’s Cuvée Catherine on ice and ready to pour.
Executive chef Damon Campbell pulls from his own background when dreaming up Bosk’s fare, which is Canadian modern cuisine (he’s from Vancouver) that draws inspiration from Asia (his resume includes stints at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila and Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur) and uses fine-dining techniques (he also worked at the famed French Laundry in Napa). Campbell offers a menu that’s dedicated to using top-quality ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible. For starters, there’s a Quebec foie gras terrine served with concord grape, hazelnut and brioche; or Campbell’s signature miniature housemade gnocchi with forest mushroom, tomato and a rich lobster emulsion on top. Main courses are ingredient-driven, like the Ontario venison, British Columbia steelhead salmon and a roasted Quebec duck breast.
Last and certainly not least, pastry chef Kate Siegel’s sweet creations take the comfort of classic desserts to the next level, like the Valrhona milk chocolate bombe with yuzu-caramel glaze and tangerine sorbet; a slow-baked winter apple with shortbread crust and maple ice cream; or a dulce panna cotta with salted milk streusel and Baileys ice cream.
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If you’re looking the enjoy the best that Bosk has to offer, the tasting menu (standard and premium wine pairings are available) carries the eatery’s signature dishes and is where the chefs stretch their creativity, taking advantage of seasonal produce and ingredient-forward dishes.
For a quick business lunch, the Toronto restaurant also offers a prix fixe midday option as well as a pre-theater dinner menu for those looking to take in a show in the Entertainment District or the ballet or opera at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
Once you’ve had your fill of dessert, finish off your evening in the Lobby Lounge to enjoy the live entertainment and a digestif — try one of the 68 teas offered or choose your drink from the five-volume compendium of wines, cocktails and spirits. Here, plush seating and furnishings, intimate tables, modern fireplaces in sleek marble mantels and large 10-foot-tall paintings inspired by Asian art all come together to create a warm, sophisticated lounge for guests and locals alike.
Or, settle in at The Bar for a classic cocktail under the bar’s iconic green, yellow and clear glass bulb lighting fixture. In this bar, you’ll find colleagues taking in after-work aged Manhattans, or blind dates toasting with a Grey Goose, Perrior-Jouët champagne fizz.