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Globally Inspired Cuisine at The Gladstone Hotel – Toronto

Saucy Rib Nibblers

Saucy Rib Nibblers

By: Alison Silveira

The Gladstone Hotel has been a hallmark of Toronto’s architectural beauty and thriving art scene on Queen Street West for decades. I have lived in Toronto for most of my life, but have never visited the historic hotel. So when I was invited to attend a media tasting of Chef Mario Paz’s globally inspired menu at the Gladstone Hotel, I gladly welcomed the opportunity.


The Jerk

The Jerk

As I gazed upon the remarkable building, I admired the hotel’s elegant Victorian exterior. The contemporary interior design features industrial light fixtures and modern art adorning the walls. I was greeted with a warm welcome and a fruity blackberry gin and tonic garnished with mint leaves to wet my whistle. Chef Paz, who has honed his skills at the trendy Drake Hotel and the luxurious Hôtel Le Germain, took me on worldly culinary journey.

To start, I enjoyed fall-off-the-bone, moist saucy rib ‘nibblers with celeriac slaw. The tender lamb ribs were among the juiciest I have ever eaten and the sweetness of the ribs was nicely complemented by the more acidic taste of the slaw. Chef Paz gave me a taste of Jamaica with ‘the jerk’, which consisted of spicy pulled chicken in a soft pocket akin to naan bread, with a side of rice and pea fritters and mango chutney dip. While I enjoyed the jerk chicken dish, the rice and pea fritter was not tickling my taste buds, as it did not quite have that distinctive Jamaican flair to it. (more…)

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto


After my visit to the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver this past summer I couldn’t wait to finally see what the Toronto property would be like.

It did not disappoint.

The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto opened in September 2012 and is an Asian luxury hotel brand with lots of influences from the Far East. The lobby features large-scale Chinese calligraphy paintings, subtle Asian decor touches and a long glowing fireplace. Don’t miss Zhang Huan’s stainless steel sculpture, Rising – climbing up the side of the building on University Avenue.


Welcome macarons + a yuzu flavour on the bottom left!

Shangri-La easily has one of the best locations in the city – at the crossroads of the financial and entertainment district and just a quick walk from the Toronto Eaton Centre. The restaurants on Queen and King Street are a streetcar ride away. It’s also next to a subway station, making it easy to get to the shopping and museums in Yorkville. It’s an excellent home base if you’re not planning on renting a car in Toronto for your getaway. You definitely don’t need it if everything on your agenda is happening around the downtown core. (more…)