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Safari Bar & Grill - Toronto

1749 Avenue Rd.
TorontoON
 
(647) 977-6437
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One of North Toronto's favourite neighbourhood bar and restaurants, Safari has earned a reputation for great food in a casual atmosphere. Their strength lies in the kitchen, preparing every item on the menu including all signature sauces, dressings and desserts in house, sourcing fresh available local ingredients. They take pride in offering a unique blend of food, wine and specialty beers to...
One of North Toronto's favourite neighbourhood bar and restaurants, Safari has earned a reputation for great food in a casual atmosphere. Their strength lies in the kitchen, preparing every item on the menu including all signature sauces, dressings and desserts in house, sourcing fresh available local ingredients. They take pride in offering a unique blend of food, wine and specialty beers to be enjoyed in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Since opening in 1995, their goal has always been to offer hospitality in addition to friendly efficient service. Safari is comprised of a main floor restaurant, second floor billiard room and lounge, and boasts one of North Toronto's largest heated outdoor patios. Safari also specializes in private and corporate functions of any size.
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Review: The safari has bite... billiards and wine!

 
By Dine.TO, reviewed on February 24, 2010

With locations in Ajax and North Toronto, Safari Bar and Grill has always been one of Toronto's favorite neighbourhood go-to places. Hosting and entertaining patrons since 1995, owner Dan Ferracuti believes the secret to his success has always been to "put the emphasis on...

With locations in Ajax and North Toronto, Safari Bar and Grill has always been one of Toronto's favorite neighbourhood go-to places. Hosting and entertaining patrons since 1995, owner Dan Ferracuti believes the secret to his success has always been to "put the emphasis on the quality of the food and keeping a warm, comfortable atmosphere." His philosophy has worked well as local residents and passersby continuously flock to his restaurant in droves - even on a Wednesday night.

Mid-week and the Avenue Road location is packed. Family-oriented, kid-friendly, yet ideal for a guys' or girls' night out, Safari caters to everyone. It's not out of the ordinary to find oneself turning to the next table and engaging in a spontaneous conversation. It's all part of the casual dining experience that's offered here.

The interior of the main level is an eye opener. Maple flooring complemented by brick walls, dim lighting and candles all combine to give Safari a very romantic and cozy atmosphere. The second floor has six billiard tables, a bar and several high-definition flat screen televisions. It's perfect for private parties of up to 100 people, but you must reserve well ahead of time if you plan on throwing a big bash.

If that bash includes wine, you've picked the right place. At Safari, patrons have the pleasure of choosing from 130 old world and new world vintages. "For a restaurant in our price point, we have a very extensive wine list," says Dan, who is quick to point out that Safari recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its diverse and extensive wine program.

Safari Bar and Grill already offers a Prix-Fixe menu for groups of 20 or more. It has also played host to the much talked about Safari-licious during February. For several years Safari-licious has offered a special Prix-Fixe menu as a way to attract patrons during a time favoured by the city run Winterlicious. Come autumn of 2009, Safari is planning on trying something different by taking fresh and local produce to a new level.

Safari Harvest Fest will be introduced for the first time in late September and scheduled to run through November. "Every item on the menu is already made in-house, from scratch. We want to take it a step further: to feature and celebrate Ontario food, wine and small craft beers. The emphasis will be placed on local, fresh, quality," says Dan, who adds that items will include Ontario-raised elk, free-range Mennonite chicken, artisan cheeses and Ontario pickerel, among others.

The staff at Safari Bar and Grill know their customers' tastes very well. That being said, the chef is given a certain amount of creative freedom in the kitchen. It's clearly evident as fusion dishes are scattered throughout the menu.

On this night our meal begins with fresh bread served with pineapple hummus followed by Calamari Fritti ($9.99). Coated with a falafel mix and served with chipotle mayo, the calamari proves to be a unique and flavourful introduction.

The New York Strip 10 oz Signature Safari Steak ($27.99) is tender and grilled to order with a peppercorn demi-glace and served with fresh green beans and hand-cut fries. The Chili-Lime Chicken ($22.99) is a paprika-rubbed boneless half chicken in a chili-lime sauce, served with a tomato, artichoke and chick pea salad. A creative and well-balanced dish, it is also juicy, fresh and refreshing.

Homemade desserts follow. The Cashew Butterscotch Cheesecake and Double Chocolate Mousse Cake ($7 each) were both delectable and literally melted in my mouth.

Whether it's a glass of wine or fresh, quality dishes at reasonable prices, Safari Bar and Grill caters to everyone and offers a relaxing, casual atmosphere any time, and for all occasions. Come as you are and have a great time at either hot spot - the Toronto or the Ajax location.

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Cynthia Munoz recommends Safari Bar & Grill - Toronto

Stopped by for brunch with my nephews and we had the Three Egg Omelette, Basket of Sweet Potato and Traditional Pancakes. Food was great and portion size was very good. We couldn't finish everything so ended up taking some home. Would definitely recommend this place.
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