Where to treat your Valentine for dinner this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air and the city of Toronto is one of the world’s best cities to wine and dine your significant other. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, INK Entertainment and its restaurant properties have specials and prix fixe menus sure to swoon whoever your Valentine may be.

Akira Back

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Named one of the OpenTable 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada for 2020, it’s a no-brainer that this Japanese-Korean fusion spot should be at the top of your list for Valentine’s Day dinner. Akira Back will have a 6-course prix fixe menu for $110 a person.

 

Byblos

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 With two locations in Toronto (Uptown and Downtown), you have double the chance of snagging a table at this Mediterranean hot spot. Better hurry though – The $85 prix fixe menu features the Short Rib Kebab, Black Truffle Rice, Ras el Hanout Black Cod and more.

 

Estia

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Yorkville spot for Ottoman Cuisine, which embraces Greek and Turkish fare, has an $85 prix fixe menu with wine pairings for an additional $45. Featured items on the menu include Lamb Adana, Wagyu Moussaka, Cured Yellowtail and more.

 

FIGO

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Italian inspired cuisine restaurant will have a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $75 with additional wine pairings for $35. We cannot think of a more romantic meal than pasta and wine.

 

KOST

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Baja Peninsula inspired spot on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel will have a 3-course prix fixe menu for $95 a person. With this and the best view in the city, what could more romantic?

 

Patria

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Spice up your Valentine’s dinner with this King West Spanish tapas spot. Patria will have a $85 prix fixe menu with an additional $45 for wine pairings.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Also named one of the OpenTable 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada, Sofia is celebrating Valentine’s Day for three nights. The Love, Sofia series happens from February 13th to 15th and will feature specials with lovers in mind. With its lush interiors and secluded aura, Sofia is also at the top of our list for some one on one time with your love.

 

 

 

 

TIFF Weekend Recap: Hustlers Premiere at Sofia, The Friend Premiere at KOST & more

A busy weekend for INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues Sofia Restaurant & Bar, KOST, Patria and Bisha Hotel & Residences as the opening weekend of TIFF hit Toronto’s entertainment district. Sofia, KOST and Patria played host to premiere parties and Bisha had many a star sighting from Friday to Sunday.

The Friend – based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film focuses on a man who puts his life on hold when his friend is diagnosed with terminal cancer – hosted its premiere party at KOST this past Friday night. Cast members Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Isabella Kai, Marielle Scott and the film’s producers were all in attendance to enjoy specialty cocktails and canapés mirroring the restaurant’s menu.

World Class and Audi presented the Hustlers premiere party this past Saturday at Sofia Restaurant & Bar. The comedy-drama depicting strippers out for revenge stars the festival’s biggest cast and cast members Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles and Keke Palmer were all in attendance on Saturday night. Other notable guests included Bo Burnham, Tie Domi, Madeline Brewer, director Lorene Scafaria, Mette Towley, Tracey Ullman and Mitchell Travers.

Patria hosted the premiere party for Knives Out this past Saturday, as well, which included appearances from cast members Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson and Katherine Langford

Bisha was also no stranger to a celebrity sighting – From Friday to Sunday, stars such as Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Eddie Redmayne, Ellen Page, Jon Hamm, Kristen Stewart, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Felicity Jones, Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe all made an appearance at the luxury hotel.

Click the gallery below to see photos courtesy of Joel Levy Photography.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”4″ display=”basic_imagebrowser”]Premiere party photos courtesy of Sonia Recchia and Sam Santos of Getty Images and Jemal Countess.

Your guide to star-spotting at INK venues during TIFF ’19

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for 2019 and a star-studded list of guests will flood the city for the festival’s 10-day duration. With TIFF comes the parties, events and interviews, which means the city will be on high alert for the best in celebrity sightings. INK Entertainment venues have been known to host a celebrity or two, so here are a few places in Toronto for your best chance at star-spotting.

Bisha Hotel & Residence

Home to the IMDB Studio at the Visa Infinite Lounge in previous years, Bisha is no stranger to a celebrity or two. The hotel hosts the world’s trendiest guests on the regular and the lobby bar – Mister C – been home to a few pre and after parties for TIFF films. Stars spotted in the past include Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig.

 

Akira Back

Located on the second floor of Bisha Hotel, Michelin-star chef Akira Back, the buzz worthy menu, private dining room and cool decor designed by Studio Munge is enough to draw any celebrity in. Canadian icons Ben and Jessica Mulroney are loyal patrons of the restaurant, as well as Jessica Biel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been spotted indulging in Back’s signature dishes.

 

KOST

The rooftop restaurant – located on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel – has unparalleled views of Toronto and was recently dubbed the city’s best patio by BlogTO. Already a popular and Instagrammable destination for locals and tourists, you can bet the stars will want to take in the views and fresh menu, like Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Martin Short have done.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar

While it may not be located right in the heart of TIFF action, Sofia is a pearl nestled in Yorkville and secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The fine-dining destination offers Italian-inspired cuisine and a menu curated by executive chef Rob LeClair. The luxe space holds the charm of modern dining with a dash of Hollywood glamour, as well as a private outdoor patio – This checks every box for a TIFF event. Stars spotted in past include Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Dan Aykroyd.

 

Byblos Downtown / STORYs Toronto

Byblos and STORYs are staple spots for star-spotting during TIFF. Byblos – the award-winning Eastern Mediterranean restaurant – has celebrities flocking each night to get a taste of the incredible menu, as well as being host to a few after parties. Sharing the same space, STORYs has been home to many a pre or post screening party, as well as the RBC Lounge. Stars spotted in the past include Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and Bryan Cranston.

 

Patria

Patria is the ultimate spot on King West for private dining and party experiences for TIFF events. The Barcelona inspired restaurant is discreetly tucked away and boasts impressive Spanish flavoured menu items. It has also has been host to a bevy of premiere parties, including an appearance by Ryan Gosling.

 

Weslodge

You cannot miss the big yellow doors when you’re walking down King Street – and neither can the biggest names in Hollywood. Weslodge has been the host to many a TIFF event and has had stars such as Richard Gere and Gary Oldman spotted inside. Matthew McConaughey even booked out the venue last year for an invite-only tasting of his Wild Turkey whisky.

 

Spoke Club

The exclusive members-only club has hosted many galas and premiere parties in the past. Now under the helm of INK Entertainment, Spoke Club boasts a newly renovated private rooftop patio and bar that will be idea for all A-list guests seeking the most exclusive events. Stars spotted in the past include Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper, Woody Harrelson and Gael Garcia Bernal.

ICONINK readies for warm weather with Summer Series launch

ICONINK announced today its brand new Summer Series that will take place inside Toronto’s hottest dining destinations during the city’s favourite season.

“Entertaining our guests with unique and inventive experiences is our ultimate objective,” Hanif Harji, CEO, ICONINK. “Our Summer Series was specifically designed as an opportunity for our guests to enjoy our restaurants in memorable ways, including wine events, hands-on culinary classes, special spirit tastings, and more.”

Launching at the end of April, the Summer Series events will take place at ICONINK restaurants and patios:

  • An intimate evening at Mediterranean outpost Byblos Uptown (2537 Yonge Street) on Tuesday April 30th hosted in partnership with esteemed Lebanese winery, Chateau Musar. For $155.00, only 45 guests will have an opportunity to try a delicious five-course prix fixe menu by corporate executive chef Ben Heaton with back vintage Chateau Musar wine pairings. Dinner reservations are for 7PM and tickets are available through the restaurant.
  • A special dinner at the Italian-inspired FIGO (295 Adelaide Street West) hosted by Prince Edward County’s very own mother-daughter duo from Grange of Prince Edward on Tuesday May 7th . Compelling conversation and story telling will be complimented by refreshing VQA wines and chef Ben Heaton’s four-course prix fixe menu. A perfect way to celebrate mom, the event starts at 7PM and tickets are available for $85.
  • Back by popular demand, Patria’s (478 King Street West) paella party will be hitting the streets of King West this summer with personal size paella’s available for purchase.
  • For the first time ever, an intimate group of guests will have the opportunity to make their own croissants at French Made inside the Bisha Hotel (80 Blue Jays Way). Dates and further details for these events to be announced soon!

 

To learn more about ICONINK and its restaurants, head to www.iconink.com

Stars spotted at INK Entertainment & ICONINK venues during TIFF 2018

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were spotted at INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues this TIFF to celebrate the premiere of their films. Between junkets and interviews at Bisha‘s IMDB Lounge, premiere parties at Patria, Weslodge, Mira, KOST and Mister C, to numerous spottings at RBC House in STORYS, TIFF stars were seen everywhere this festival.

View highlights in our photo gallery below.

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Photos courtesy of Jason Lynch, Joel Levy and Sonia Recchia (Getty Images).