The long-awaited centrepiece of the Don Valley's bucolic Brick Works eco-site, Restaurant Makeover celebu-chef Brad Long's all-day bistro and adjacent take-away lets locally grown and naturally raised products be the star of the show. Don't do crowds? Show up any time other than Saturday's farmers' market and have the enviro complex virtually to yourselves.
Best: to start, heirloom tomato salad on a bed of nutty steamed barley dressed with pepper sprouts and English cucumber in minty sheep's milk yogurt dressing; seasonal mains like gorgeously fatty pan-seared slabs of sweet 'n' sour pork belly glazed in maple syrup and apple cider vinegar over oven-roasted apples dressed with summer watercress; milk-braised lamb shoulder with spelt and crisply fried sage leaves; to finish, Monforte Dairy chèvre and wild Ontario blueberry cheesecake; to drink, raspberry iced tea; at the takeout counter, flaky buttermilk biscuits layered with smoked OceanWise char, wilted spinach and scrambled egg.
Complete meals for $50 per person, including tax, tip and a glass of Ontario wine. Average main $19. Reservations accepted. Licensed. Access: barrier-free.
Updated Feb 27, 2014