Just a stone’s throw away from the St. Lawrence Market, Woods Restaurant and Bar has been making waves amongst foodies all over town. Having previously cooked for revered restaurants such as the plush power-house Modus, the worldly and sophisticated Brassaii and the quintessentially Italian Centro, Chef Bruce Woods has opened up his namesake restaurant as an homage to the modern-day Canadian. His aim is to offer sustainable, farm-to-table, Canadian food without being, as he puts it, ‘cliche’. Co-owned by Robin Singh of Pravda Vodka House, Bruce Woods hopes that “people will come here for dinner and then head over to Pravda to finish their night.”
Well known for his delectable Italian cooking, Chef Bruce has steered Woods in a different direction with a focus on local and seasonal Canadian cuisine. With the help of Chef de Cuisine Anthony Davis (of Sidecar, Cowbell and The Roosevelt room), Woods strikes a perfect balance between eclectic yet classic dishes. For a hint of whimsy, one need only to feast their eyes on the seared Quebec foie-gras nestled against the vibrant blue of purple potato puree. Meanwhile, the raspberry ‘Macaronnade’ is mascarpone mousse and raspberry layered within a mason jar while on the lid sits a dollop of basil ice cream adorned with raspberry tuile — talk about a work of art!
Though it goes without saying that the food is the star of the show, Woods’ beautifully simple aesthetic with its elements of pure nature come as a close second. An intricate branch chandelier catches your eye right by the entrance, while clusters of raindrop-shaped lights hang in the back dining area. Overlapping trees are painted onto one wall and undulating lines reminiscent of sand dunes are found behind the bar. Colours are kept neutral and an abundance of natural light floods the room.
With a little something for everyone; appetizers, mains, a separate bar menu, a wine list, cocktails and microbrews on tap, this restaurant is sure to please. If you ever find yourself in the mood for familiar foods with a twist and an interior that just feels like home, Woods on 45 Colborne Street is the place to be.
See more at woodsrestaurant.ca
Story by Dayana Cadet, CITYGUIDE | KA MAGAZINE