Looking for a place to enjoy afterwork cocktails with colleagues? A romantic dinner with someone special? Or maybe just a cool place to have a drink and some delicious eats with friends? Then East Thirty Six is the place to go.
A relatively new Toronto gem located just east of Yonge Street on Wellington, East Thirty Six boasts well-crafted cocktails and hearty European-inspired food enjoyed in a romantic, old Hollywood chic atmosphere. The cocktail offering is curated by owner and resident mixologist Julien Salomone. A bartending genius, Salomone’s credentials include working in 5 star hotels in Cannes, St. Tropez and at top Toronto spots like One and Note Bene before opening what became Toronto’s best cocktail bar, Boutique Bar. Looking after the incredible food selection at East Thirty Six is Chef Brent Maxwell, who brings two decades of culinary experience after making the rounds at some of our city’s most celebrated kitchens, and even doing time under famed French Chef Anne-Sophie Pic at three Michelin star rated Maison Pic. Between these two taste bud charming experts we knew we were in for a plethora of treats at East Thirty Six.
Addicted Editor-in-Chief Mark Munroe at I had the pleasure of being hosted by general manager Stanley Bernard, who not only provided the utmost in service, but helped cultivate our entire drinking and dining experience with his expert advice and incredible attentiveness. We started the meal off with, of course, cocktails! A boursalino for Mark, that he described as a manly drink, characterized by a robust, smokey flavour and rich brown colour. I chose the E36 Smoked Boulevardier, made with bourbon, the resulting concoction was equal parts sweet and savoury and all together delicious.
Next we moved on to appetizers. Upon Stanley’s recommendation, we tried the smoked sweet breads, a salty, old world delicacy served with a divine romesco sauce. If you’re a more adventurous eater, then this dish is a must try! Another decadent delight was the bone marrow, served with a divine chicken liver parfait, both of which spread beautifully on crunchy toast to create a melt-in-your-mouth, indulgent taste experience. And if you’re looking for a vegetarian option that’s just as pleasurable as these meaty choices, then the cauliflower is for you. Cooked to perfection and served with toasted nuts in a delicious brown butter sauce, we couldn’t get enough!
For our mains, Mark took the wild salmon drenched in a crème fraiche sauce with beluga lentils, while I had decided on the lamb burger, because I couldn’t resist anything with a sauce called green goddess on it! And goddess it was; the sauce was a taste experience unlike any other; a fresh and tangy combination of yogurt, mint, lemon, dill, and parsley, complimenting the tender succulence of the perfectly cooked lamb. Mark’s salmon was divine in its rich, creamy, yet delicate flavour.
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert, and East Thirty Six does dessert beautifully! We couldn’t decide whether to indulge our chocolate addiction or to try something different, so we did both! For the chocolate lovers in us, we dove fork first into the chocolate delice, a rich chocolate concoction drenched in a caramel sauce. For the something different, we dug into the lemon custard, charmingly served in a jar and layered with buttery shortbread and toasted macadamia nuts. We couldn’t pick a favorite between the two, so we devoured both with equal enthusiasm; the perfect double ending to a delightful dinner.
So after our fantastic experience, we highly recommend East Thirty Six! (36 Wellington Street East,Toronto)