Toronto, ON M5H 3W4
Richmond Station, located at the edge of the financial district at Yonge and Richmond — steps from busy subway thoroughfare — is a play on a train station stop for Toronto locals on their way home. Downstairs is a casual tavern-inspired space with high ceilings and white subway tile. Black and white photos of the ground-breaking of the TTC in the early ’40s hang on the walls while the bar features a Caesarstone quartz counter (thank you Top Chef Canada), antique schoolhouse lights from the early 1900s and bar stools purchased from Bistro 990. Upstairs, a smaller dining room offers a chef’s rail (kind of like a chef’s table) as well as a pantry room with a larger table for groups of up to 12 people. However, despite the restaurant's design as an homage to the humble train station stop, the food is anything but pedestrian: Their Pantry menu offers seasonal favourites: charcuterie plates with locally sourced meat and house-made preserves, pate en croûte, and lamb tartare. But it's the daily chalkboard menu that people come back for, with a short list of specials that change between lunch and diner. Each item is served the day it comes in, and broken down in house: a parade of hyper-fresh, ingredients-focused specialties courtesy of expert staff.