Toronto’s latest wine bar comes stocked with artsy tapas and plenty of imported bottles

Tomyum Restaurant and Wine Bar brings Southeast-Asian & European eats to College Street

Currently in soft-launch mode, the grand opening of Tomyum Wine Bar is tentatively set for Oct. 20.

Located at 21 Grenville Street, near College subway station, former accountant turned chef and owner, Andy Page, was inspired to open Tomyum after living in Europe and travelling across Southeast Asia, and he knew he had to bring the worldly flavour combinations he encountered during his time abroad to Canada. He’s joined by sous chef Carl Recolaso from wildly-popular Saskatoon-based restaurant Ayden Kitchen and Bar, Jonathan Kim, former lead bar chef at Toronto’s JaBistro, a sushi spot in the Entertainment District, and Petra Taylor, who handles all things front-of-house. The chef trio takes popular Euro-centric dishes like Spanish garlic shrimp, fusing them with staple Asian spices, garnishes, and sides like Thai basil, green curry, tom yum, and rice.

Swing by for small plates stacked with Southeast Asian flavour like the whimsical sounding Wizard of Oz dish. Aptly named for its multi-dimensional green hues, this unique twist on a standard seaweed salad includes beans, house-made yuzu cream and chia seeds. Looking for something heartier? Their most popular dish, Little Bird Nest is inspired by traditional Thai dish Pad Krapow Moo and is artfully plated to show off a colourful mosaic of pink running eggs, purple rice, and ground pork.

Dining is indoor-only but features a highly Instagram-able interior, blending street art with Southeast Asian influence through several mural adorned walls.

When you’re done snapping pictures, order a glass of ultra-exclusive old-world wine like the Black Mont Rubi, a young and lively sip with an intense purple hue and blackberry finish. There are only five cases of this Spanish red available in Canada and Tomyum scored four of them. Fancy yourself more of a cocktail aficionado? Don’t fret! Tomyum also offers three innovative and Instagram-worthy cocktails that are almost too picture-perfect to drink.

You can come by for a dimly-lit dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to late.

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