Walking by the Mediterranean-style blue awnings and crisp white walls, you can hardly recognize the King West building. In its former life, it housed one of the more popular strip clubs in Toronto, For Your Eyes Only. Now, it’s known as Mademoiselle.
The transformation that has been in the works for a year is finally complete, and a raw bar and seafood spot has taken over. Operated by the team that runs MARBL, just down the street, Mademoiselle officially opens to the public tonight, showing off its new, upscale digs.
The restaurant‘s interior continues the white and blue from the exterior, in the form of intricate chandeliers and larger-than-life faux florals. The grand venue is similar to MARBL’s, in the sense that it offers a dark, moody dining room that turns into a lounge. One wall, dotted with tables, is decorated with a bird’s eye view of a beach. Another houses the Art Deco-inspired bar.
At the front of Mademoiselle, there’s a private Champagne Room, a private area for dining parties. It’s completely secluded and hidden from view, and available for the right price.
The entire space does nod to For Your Eyes Only, with mementos such as a stripper pole (held inside the Champagne Room), a worn-out sign, and some washroom trinkets making their way into Mademoiselle.
In terms of the menu, it’s seafood and raw bar heavy, including a massive seafood tower, several flavours of caviar, and sushi. The most showstopping sushi roll is called the FU roll, made with gold flakes. For vegetarians, there are truffle parmesan fries and a Nicoise salad made vegetarian. And, for carnivores, meat such as grilled lamb is also available.
The food menu at Mademoiselle is coupled with an extensive cocktail program, with drinks like the El Gobernador, made with Pisco, Blue Curacao, honey chamomile, lime, and ginger beer. There’s also The Madame, made with lemon-infused NO.3 Gin, Lemoncello, lemon Rum Chatta and lemon juice. Of course, bottle service is also available. It is King West, after all.
Mademoiselle opens tonight and is located at 563 King Street W.