Something is cooking at Café Boulud.
The Yorkville gem, nestled within the Four Seasons Hotel, is undergoing renovations spearheaded by renowned designer, Martin Brudnizki. The new interior will have a wrap-around bar and an intimate seating arrangement, that will have the utmost comfort and relaxed energy while encompassing the French inspired brasserie.
“There is something strong yet simple about mid-century design that creates harmony in an interior. We wanted to build on this balance with Café Boulud, to design a space that displays a modernist playfulness yet feels comfortably current,” said Brudnizki.
Along with Chef Daniel Boulud, the project is headed by Chef De Cuisine Sylvain Assié and together, the pair have collaborated on a menu inspired by Boulud’s Lyonnais roots filled with food for the soul, such as Quenelles de Brochet, tableside Handcut Tartares, Niçoise Salad and Escargots Persillade, as well as Boulud favourites such as Crispy Calamari and the Frenchie. The new café will also feature a rotisserie, with fine meats, fish and poultry, slowly turning over an open flame.
“The menu will be based on the way my family gathered for a meal in Lyon,” explained Boulud. “It will feature classic French dishes as well as a selection of unexpected items inspired by my curiosity and love for travel. There will be a real focus on generosity. We are really getting to the heart of the French culinary DNA.”
Café Boulud is set to open early September, just in time for the Toronto International Film Festival. To keep a close eye on the jaw-dropping renovations and for the official re-opening date, follow @CafeBouludTO #thenewboulud.
All photographs courtesy of Ryan Emberley.
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