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.

 

 

 

 

Sofia opens its wine cellar for three-part dinner series

Starting January 29th, Sofia Restaurant & Bar will be opening its wine cellar for a three-part dinner series hosted by executive chef Rob LeClair and sommelier Christina Brown. Each dinner will be happening on the last Wednesday of January, February and March.

The first dinner explores Emilia-Romagna; one of Italy’s oldest and most prolific wine regions. Extending Italy’s northern peninsula, the region is considered the heart of Italian cooking, utilizing simple and quality ingredients.

“We have created a five-course tasting menu that provides a true taste of the region’s rich gastronomy,” says executive chef Rob LeClair. “The depth of flavours paired with varietals from Trebbiano and Sangiovese will make for an immersive and authentic dining experience we cannot wait to share with guests.”

The first dinner on January 29th will begin with a welcome cocktail by master mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda, followed by a single-seating dinner. The next two dinners for the series are scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th and Wednesday March 25th, 2020.

For reservations, please visit www.sofiayorkville.com/sofiascellar, call 416.479.8974 or email reservations@sofiayorkville.com

 

Yorkville Murals paints Toronto red with inaugural weekend

Yorkville Murals – the artistic initiative spearheaded by INK Entertainment and Taglialatella Galleries Toronto – launched this past weekend in the heart of Yorkville. The three day festival is aiming to be an annual event which celebrates contemporary muralism and public art. Through the creation of of artistic murals inside the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Ave, and the implementation of cultural activations, the project is focused on making Yorkville a landmark in Toronto for art and ultimately, a tourist destination.

Among the murals showcase, the festival also featured installations, exhibitions, panel discussions, a movie screening of Agnes Varda’s Faces Places, as well as a block party – presented by View The Vibe – which launched the event featuring a DJ, canapés provided by Sofia Restaurant & Bar and cocktails by Romeo’s Gin.  

Yorkville Murals would like to thank sponsors Romeo’s Gin, Cumberland Private Wealth, Christian Louboutin, OCAD, Spaces, The Annex Hotel, Aston Martin Toronto, View The Vibe, OnlyOneGallery, The Hazelton Hotel and Bloor-Yorkville BIA for making the inaugural festival a success.

 

Yorkville Murals unveils programming and presents sponsor Romeo’s Gin

INK Entertainment is pleased to announce festival programming for the first ever Yorkville Murals presented by Romeo’s Gin. Launching this week, from September 12th to 14th, Torontonians can rejoice in a celebration of contemporary muralism.

The three-day festival will feature unique activations to celebrate the new murals displayed in the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue. Launching with a block party, activations include but are not limited to art panels, a meet and greet with Montreal-based artist Whatisadam, live DJs, a movie screening, sculpture displays, special light installations and a few artistic surprises.

“We have been working tirelessly to deliver a festival that will be appealing to the biggest art lovers, as well as local and visiting guests alike,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries & Yorkville Murals. “The three days are jam packed with live entertainment, art, music, film and food and drink courtesy of Sofia Restaurant & Bar. There is something for everyone and we cannot wait to see the festival grow in years to come.”

Presented by Romeo’s Gin, Yorkville Murals is also supported by partners such as Aston Martin, Christian Louboutin, Spaces, Sofia Restaurant & Bar,
Cumberland Financial, Taglialatella Galleries, INK Entertainment, Annex Hotel, The Hazelton Hotel, OCAD, the Bloor-Yorkville Improvement Area and View the Vibe among others.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar wins Mark McEwan pasta taste test

Chef Mark McEwan partnered with Post City this month to taste test Toronto’s best hand-crafted ravioli and agnolotti. Sofia Restaurant & Bar had some stiff competition – including runner-up La Palma, Piano Piano, Terroni & many more – but INK Entertainment’s own came out on top!

As stated in the Post City article, McEwan loved the ricotta-stuffed dish – by head chef Rob LeClair – with chanterelles, hazelnuts and black truffles. “I really like the combination, really elegant and simple, as pasta should be.”

To try the Agnolotti Al Tartofo for yourself, reservations can made via Sofia’s website. Sofia Restaurant & Bar is located at 99 Yorkville Ave.

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto to host Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto announced they will be showcasing Rubem Robierb‘s latest exhibit Metamorphosis – with other Taglialatella Galleries showing pieces – for one month. Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb explores Robierb’s journey as a visual artist, harnessing the strong aesthetic skills gained from his initial work as a photographer, which he now employs within a diverse range of multi-media prints, paintings, sculptures and three-dimensional works.

“We are incredibly excited to host the gallery’s first of many solo shows,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries Toronto. “We strive to create a unique experience at the gallery that features cool, imaginative and thought-provoking works, which is exactly what Rubem’s art accomplishes.”

Exclusive to the Toronto show, Robierb has created limited edition black and white silkscreen with diamond dust prints available for purchase. The signed prints are a unique rendition of his signature vibrantly coloured Bullets and Butterflies works.

The exhibit opens in Toronto on Thursday, September 27th.

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INK Entertainment & Taglialatella Galleries launch first Canadian location

INK Entertainment and Taglialatella Galleries are pleased to announce they have partnered to launch Canada’s first Taglialatella Galleries location this June in Yorkville, Toronto. Adjacent to INK Entertainment’s new fine-dining Italian restaurant Sofia, the space is an elixir of fine art, design and entertainment, transcending the usual gallery experience.

Established in 1978, Taglialatella Galleries are located in New York City, Palm Beach and Miami with a brand synonymous with modern and contemporary art, as well as expertise in the pop and street art movements. The galleries feature pieces from renowned artists such as Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Logan Hicks, Rubem Robierb, Swoon and Russell Young.

INK Entertainment CEO Charles Khabouth and president Danny Soberano have joined forces with the gallery to have INK officially enter the art world. Since 1982, INK has shaped Toronto’s dining, lifestyle, entertainment and design culture, with Charles and Danny having an eye for up-and-coming artists as avid lovers and collectors of art. “Venturing into this space is a very natural progression for the company,” says Charles Khabouth. “What you will see is unlike anything we have in the city – the art is modern, daring and makes a statement.”

Designed for exploration, guests will be able to walk between the gallery and INK Entertainment’s newest restaurant Sofia through a joint thoroughfare. A destination of upper-tier dining and authentic Italian cuisine, a curated collection of art is displayed within the restaurant and available for purchase.

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SOFIA to officially open its doors on May 7th

For reservations, call (416) 479-8974 or visit www.sofiayorkville.com

A destination of upper-tier dining, art and entertainment, executive chef Christine Mast brings to Sofia a fresh perspective and honest approach to Italian cuisine. Committed to sourcing quality ingredients to pay homage to true Italian tastes, Mast’s Italian heritage serves as a resource for authentic and inspired plates.

“What I love most about Italian cuisine is the depth of flavour that can be experienced in even the simplest dishes,” says Chef Mast, “when guests come to Sofia, they will experience something different. That key differentiator is the use of the freshest ingredients prepared to enhance the foods’ natural flavours.”

Delicacies including olive oil varietalsBagòss cheese and Calabrian chilis have been directly sourced from Italy and handpicked by executive chef Christine Mast. A wide selection of pasta will be made in-house with house-baked breads, meat and fish prepared daily in a charcoal, wood burning fire for a signature, smoky flavour.

“Sofia marks our return to Yorkville in the best way possible,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “We have worked with the best in the business to create an experience of terrific food, art, entertainment and design that excites the senses and instills curiosity. Sofia is much more than a place to enjoy dinner, but to stay, savour and explore with those around.”

Tapping into true Italian tastes, the menu starts with a selection of antipasti including a citrus salad and grilled octopus, and a plentiful selection of crudo. Mains feature fresh pasta, pesce and locally sourced carne, with a traditional, Italian heritage Chianina florentine steak.

The cocktail program is a refreshing medley of signature drinks with an Italian twist. Expertly crafted by mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda, cocktails are enhanced by regional herbs and fresh in-house cordials, and named in tribute to the country’s vast geography and pop culture history. The wine list features many vintages and an extensive selection of true Italian wines rare to the local dining scene.

Designed by award-winning Studio Munge, Sofia welcomes guests through a black-framed glass door into the foyer – a prism of high contrasts setting the tone for what is to come. Through to the heart of the restaurant, lustrous crimson fabrics sensationalize brilliant white walls and progressive furniture design. An inspired David Drebin mural encases the bar, fueling the Italian fantasy of vacationing in the Tuscan hills above Florence. Rich marbles in gradient shades of purple, pink, and jade form an expressive herringbone floor.

The restaurant will feature works from and is also adjacent to Canada’s first Taglialatella Gallery, marking INK Entertainment’s venture into the world of art. Scheduled to launch in Yorkville later this Spring with a joint thoroughfare, guests can explore paintings, sculptures and works on paper by contemporary and modern artists among the likes of Mr. Brainwash and Jeff Koons.

Sofia will be open seven days weekly for dinner at 5pm, with brunch and lunch to launch in the coming weeks. Weekly programming includes daily aperitivo with half-priced select cocktails and appetizers Monday through Friday from 5pm to 8pm, Jazzy Brunch and Family Style Dinner Sunday, and Pop Art Tuesdays with prosecco-based cocktail promotions. Guests can also look forward to a diverse selection of live entertainment throughout the week.

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