Located within the new Anndore House Hotel, Constantine opened its doors this spring. What lies inside is a sexy, sophisticated and intimate restaurant just steps from bustling Yonge and Bloor at 15 Charles Street.
You may know the great minds behind Constantine from their other popular Toronto restaurants such as La Palma, which opened last spring and Campagnolo. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and with different dining spaces to cater to your mood, Constantine is excellent for a variety of occasions, or to simply eat, drink and be merry.
Constantine is another spot-on project designed by Alessandro Mung, Contract Magazine’s 2018 Designer of The Year. Every detail is thoughtful, deliberate and evokes emotion. He set out to ‘encourage guests to relax, engage and flourish amongst soulful touches and residential sensibilities, Constantine captures the authentic and familiar feeling of coming home.’ A jewel tone lounge ushers you to the main dining room with an open-kitchen with chef’s table seating. Wooden archways and thick pillars provide the ample space with structure and define additional private dining areas. Warm caramels and light oak in the main dining room transitions into deep burgundy tones and mahogany in other dining rooms.
Lunch and dinner are offered seven days a week, while breakfast is served Monday – Friday and Brunch on weekends. A menu inspired by Mediterranean and Italian flavours and traditions, family-style dining is always encouraged. Their dinner menu offers shared plates, pizza, pasta and a variety of proteins of vegetables. Some standouts were the Burrata ($16), Romesco Cauliflower ($12), Branzino ($25) and Lamb Ribs ($19). The dishes not only taste delicious but are presented beautifully with meticulous finishing touches, much like the interior. The service is casual which immediately puts you at ease. Choosing your shared plates is not easy, that I can assure you, but the staff on hand and ready to make some stellar recommendations.
The wine list is comprised of a balance of craft local wines and rare Greek, Italian and French bottles chosen to enhance the flavours on the menu. A wide variety grants the option to try some new and exciting wines. Their cocktail list is adventurous and bold, with exotic ingredients like coconut infused Campari, morocco syrup, green chartreuse and calvados.
Constantine is everything you would expect from praised local chef Craig Harding and The Mercatto Group. Although some may categorize this spot as a hotel restaurant, it is much much more. Constantine offers an elevated experience and mood. It is a beautiful addition to the neighbourhood.
Constantine does take reservations, which is always recommended. You can see their full menu and reserve online on their website here