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EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto

    By Alexandra Cohen

    EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto

    The Ritz-Carlton name is synonymous with class and high quality; that is something that I have known for a long time now, having experienced some of their other properties. During my recent visit to Toronto, I had the great pleasure of dining at EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace (https://epochtoronto.com/). Having opened in the last few years inside the Ritz-Carlton Toronto property, it offers a casual but elegant setting where one can enjoy a series of imaginative dishes and cocktails. 

    While the venue’s indoor seating is lovely and appears quite comfortable, the location is perhaps best known for its large garden-style patio. The terrace features outdoor heaters (with the servers also being happy to offer you blankets on a cooler night), a lovely centerpiece bar, and a wood-fired stone oven which is used to make their signature pizzas. 

    EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto

    From a beverage standpoint, the menu was fantastically creative, with the cocktail list divided into various categories based on the general flavouring that you might prefer (“The Secret Garden”, “Lost in Paradise”, “Avant-Garde”, and “Intermission”). I opted for the delicious Pineapple Express from the “Lost in Paradise” list, which featured pineapple and vanilla-induced Tito’s Handmade Vodka, crème de cassis, pomegranate reduction, fresh lemon, pineapple juice, all served on the rocks. For those looking to explore the wine list, there are plenty of options as well, both by the glass and by the bottle.

    EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto

    Helming the kitchen is chef Jeff Crump, a Canadian slow-food pioneer. The menu is a culinary homage to his earth-to-table philosophy and his roots in the U.K. gastrobar scene. From the appetizer menu, my dining partner and I were able to sample delicious offerings including the French Kiss Oysters, the Japanese Hamachi Crudo, the Crab Stuffed Avocado, and a true highlight: the Crispy Coconut Shrimp. From the Mains, we shared the light and flavourful Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, as well as the Rib Cap Steak, which was cooked to perfection and served with chimichurri. We were also able to sample one of the restaurant’s signature pizzas, cooked on the wood-fired stove oven outside: Mushroom Truffle. For dessert, we shared the Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, which was the perfect way to end the night. 

    EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto

    While we did not stay at the hotel, it is certainly luxurious. It is close to the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena, and many other downtown establishments. The hotel is undergoing refurbishment through to the end of August 2024, which will involve redefining the lobby, opening a new retail shop, transforming the Ritz Bar, and more. I certainly look forward to visiting EPOCH again. ¸

    The Ritz-Carlton Toronto is located at 181 Wellington Street West.

    Mike Cohen

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