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Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud, dbar Now Open in Toronto

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Daniel Boulud, the Four Seasons Toronto.
Daniel Boulud, the Four Seasons Toronto.
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Chef Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud and dbar are now officially open at Toronto's brand spanking new Four Seasons Hotel. The "uniquely Canadian" restaurants were designed by Rosalie Wise Designs and will be run by chef de cuisine Tyler Shedden, brought over from Daniel in New York. Wine Director Drew Walker assembled the wine list. As promised, there's no DB Burger but there is a "signature Firehouse Burger," named for the building next door. Below, a press release.

A Match Made in Culinary Heaven: Café Boulud and dbar at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Ascending a floating staircase to a loft above dbar, travellers and the city's food lovers alike will find a uniquely Canadian setting for Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud's latest dining experience, Café Boulud at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Rosalie Wise Designs has created a bold, contemporary space rising from billion-year-old stone floors quarried in southwestern Ontario, with local woods, warm textures and abundant natural light surrounding cozy tables. The striking natural materials are surrounded by an ever-evolving gallery of art glass and paintings by noted Canadian talents whose work here underlies ties to Toronto's creative community. The ambiance is further enhanced by a collection of paintings from internationally acclaimed pop artist Mr. Brainwash, available for sale via Yorkville's Gallery One. For those shunning the limelight or seeking an extra sense of occasion, a private dining room accommodates up to ten guests.

On the new menu is Boulud's signature cuisine, inspired by his four culinary muses: la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal delicacies; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, exploring the flavours of international cuisines, with a particular emphasis on the rich and varied foods of the Mediterranean, and locally sourced ingredients.

Straight from the Boulud Brigade is Chef de Cuisine Tyler Shedden, a Canadian whose culinary education and early career was in British Columbia, and who was hand-picked from New York's DANIEL restaurant to lead the team in Toronto. Chef's early recommendation? The poulet au vinaigre – a succulent roasted chantecler chicken breast and stuffed leg with tomato confit, fennel and tarragon vinegar jus.

In the wine cellar, Wine Director Drew Walker has carefully assembled a diverse collection of labels from the Old and New Worlds, along with great choices from the Niagara Region, to perfectly match Shedden's menu.

Back at street level, dbar has the comfort of a lounge, with strong and confident design themes in materials such as rich walnut, black lacquer and warm plum fabrics. Towering windows facing Bay and Yorkville, where dbar has its own entrance, create a see-and-be-seen atmosphere at one with the street scene. In the warmer months, tables will be set outside to enjoy the sunshine and people watching in Yorkville.

From behind the smoky granite bar, Mixologist Albert Kirby recently sent out an appeal to fans on Facebook to help name one of the new signature cocktails. The result: La Tour CN, a colourful concoction of gin, maraschino, Champagne and blackberry puree. A full food menu features the best of Boulud's bistro concept enhanced with local flare, such as the tarte flambé from db Bistro Moderne and the Tunisian merguez from DBGB, plus locally-sourced and housemade charcuterie and sandwiches, including the new signature Firehouse Burger, named for the historic building next door.

· Café Boulud and dbar at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto [Press Release]
· All Daniel Boulud Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Four Seasons Toronto

60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON

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