Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to taste Do Not Disturb‘s November menu, and it was beyond words. I’ve walked by The Beverly Hotel hundreds of times, and never even knew this gem was there! It’s now become one of my favourite places to eat in the city. This cozy little restaurant is the perfect spot for your next date night in Toronto, or even for an intimate gathering with a few friends.
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Do Not Disturb’s menu is designed by Executive Chef Vittorio Colacitti, and it focuses on local and seasonal ingredients designed for guests to share plates, to help create a more welcoming and social dining experience. Their cocktails also feature local and seasonal ingredients, and there’s an endless list of them (didn’t I say it was the perfect spot for date night in Toronto?)
We got to try the Rinomato Matto cocktail (with Rinomato Amaro, rosemary, apple, and sparkling wine) and the Pickled Roots cocktail (with Tromba Blanco, citrus, sugar, beets, carrots, and basil). The Rinomato Matto was the perfect amount of sweet and the Pickled Roots was a little too bitter for me, but it paired well with the food.
Some of Do Not Disturb’s dishes are inspired by other cultures, and Chef Vittorio calls it “Toronto food” rather than “fusion food”, because Toronto is so multicultural. The restaurant itself is a reflection of the lively Queen West neighbourhood, and there’s a huge mural of the King and Spadina intersection in the 1920s–what a way to celebrate Toronto!
To start off our dinner, we tried two different appetizers: the Sea Bream Ceviche ($15) with leche de tigre, watermelon, and cilantro, and the Roasted Squash ($14) with buffalo mozzarella, pepitas, chiles, and aged balsamic. I enjoyed them both very much, but the Sea Bream Ceviche was absolutely divine. I’m a seafood fiend!
We got to try quite a few mains. First up was the Octopus a la Plancha ($15) with Harissa, potatoes, peppers, and olives, the Crispy Korean Broccoli ($9) with Gojuchang, sesame seeds, and scallions, and the Brussels Sprouts ($8) with maple soy glaze and chili. I’m typically not much of a vegetable-eater, but the broccoli and brussels sprouts were to die for. No matter how full I was, I couldn’t stop eating them, even when our kind servers kept trying to clear our tables so we could have space for more food lol!
Next up, we had the Bo Ssam platter ($25) with Kalbi marinated sirloin, garlic fried rice, poached egg, and assorted pickles and sauces, and the Fried Chicken ($13) with Alabama sauce. The Bo Ssam platter is meant to be shared, and you can fill the lettuce wraps with steak, rice, veggies, and sauces. The Fried Chicken was lovely, and so was the sauce that came with it!
Last up was the DND Burger ($10), which is on the late menu, and features ground chuck, Bev sauce, and processed American cheese. It’s your classic cheeseburger–delicious and juicy!
Do Not Disturb is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, for brunch every Sunday, and for drinks Monday through Sunday from 5-12 AM. For more information, visit their website.
Have you been to Do Not Disturb before? Where do you like to go on a classic date night in Toronto?
P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on James Cheese Back Ribs, another great restaurant in Toronto.
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