Brothers Food & Wine team’s new restaurant in Toronto
When Chris White and Jonathan Nicolaou closed up their Yorkville restaurant, Brothers Food & Wine, the city lost one of its finest bistros. Now, the team behind one of the top-ranked restaurants in the country is set for a grand return with their new restaurant Restaurant 20 Victoria.
“It feels really great to be back,” says Chris White.
The restaurant will be even smaller than the 30-seat Brothers, down to 20 seats even though the square footage of the space is larger. But, much of that will be taken up by the open kitchen, although open there will be no chef table seating. In addition, the philosophy seems to be to concentrate on the experience, allow patrons to linger as long as they’d like in the stylish and minimalist space.
“Honestly, we haven’t done it in a while,” White says. “Certainly we are trying to slow things down and do our best. So, we are tactically kind of starting small.
The menu, says White, will change spontaneously, sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, and will be a collaboration between himself, Nicolau along with new addition Julie Hyde.
Hyde has spent time in the kitchens at Alain Ducasse’s The Dorchester and Maison Lameloise in Burgundy, both restaurants have three Michelin stars.
“It’s a total collaboration, we aren’t even using the chef term,” White says.
The restaurant will have a small patio out front that will seat 14 guests and will open for the first service on June 22.
“We have maintained a strong relationship with our guests so the first couple weeks are booked up already, and in the next few days we will start booking July,” White says.
This is easily one of the most exciting new openings in the city so far this year.
Restaurant 20 Victoria opens June 22 for service Tuesday to Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. and is located at 29 Victoria St.