Sassafraz ★★★

Price: $50+

My friend and I were shopping around Yorkville and suddenly felt like grabbing a bite at a new restaurant. We were debating between Sassafraz and One (which we couldn’t even identify until we basically went up to the hostess to check menu’s. I guess the restaurant doesn’t need to advertise it much). We ended up going to Sassafraz despite the reviews I read online (I saw a lot of bad reviews so I wasn’t inclined to eat there anytime soon). However, my other friends went there before and convinced me it was all right. My friend and I splurged and didnt go during their prix fix menu events. So this review is based on a regular weekday at the restaurant.

I have been here twice (went again for a birthday dinner during a regular weeknight too) and the restaurant itself is really nice. It’s like a house with yellow-coloured exterior and white furnishing inside. I believe they have 4 sections where you can eat: patio, restaurant inside, s-cafe bar on main floor and private event area upstairs.

I tried the halibut and striploin, both around $36. I found the halibut a bit dry and the striploin a little greasy If you are visiting there for the first time or haven’t had the chance to try it, I would recommend the striploin anyway or perhaps the trout (friends said they were okay). Note – the striploin comes with a cute pour cup of sauce!! Sorry, I am easily amused and a sucker for cute things like that. Haha. Service was nice and efficient on both visits, with a free chocolate at the end as a finishing touch.

To sum things up, this place is nice for dates, work meetings or lunches, group dinners, etc. Dress code: Semi-Dressy/Business.

Location: 100 Cumberland St. Toronto ON M5R 1A6
Telephone: (416) 964-2222
Hours: Monday: 11:30 to 12:00am, Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 am to 2am, Saturday: 11am to 2am, Sunday: 11am to 12am

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