Reds Midtown Tavern is unexpectedly larger than I thought it would be. The elegant split level restaurant has beautiful exposed brick and genuinely friendly staff.
Dark mahogany tables sourced from McGill University are scattered throughout the restaurant. The shuffleboard table in the corner give the restaurant a modern luxe library feel.
You might be wondering…why is it called midtown? The name is a playful interpretation of where two friends might meet if they were coming from opposite ends of the city. Get it?
Tucked away in a corner is a beautiful private dining room.
Classic Peach Bellini
The culinary team at Reds is led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson.
Here are some of the yummy apps we started with.
P.E.I Mussels: ($16.50) Steamed in Sauvignon Blanc with fresh fennel, saffron threads, tomato and herbes de Provence.
The Crispy Potato Flatbread ($10.50) is a house specialty, and was the fan favourite of the evening.
Topped with fresh arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese, sweet garlic, chimichurri aioli, slow-roasted tomato
and balsamic gastrique. The combination of the spicy aioli and the Parmesan was delicious.
Baby Kale & Quinoa Salad ($9.50) Tossed with sweet spiced pecans, dried cranberries, caramelized sweet potatoes, smoked Manchego cheese and a light citrus vinaigrette. This salad also had diced green apples. It was a very eclectic salad but all ingredients worked really well together.
Pictured is the hearty Knife and Fork Caesar. ($10.25) Tender romaine lettuce with mild white Spanish anchovies, shaved parmesan, bacon and garlic confit dressing.
Steak Frites ($34) 7 oz Filet Mignon of AAA Canadian Beef, truffle parmesan frites, wild mushrooms, Madeira jus. The steak was perfect and melted in my mouth. I loved the wild mushrooms.
Pan Roasted Salmon ($23.45) with sweet pea purée, sugar snaps, fingerling potatoes and heirloom carrots with a light butter sauce
At this point, we were all crazy stuffed but still had room for dessert!
The Grasshopper Parfait ($7.95) was like a grown up Girl Scout mint cookie. (remember those?) The minty peppermint mousse was thick and just below it was dark chocolate mousse. On top were thin slices of delectable chocolate crisps.
With it’s perfect location and varied menu, Reds is the perfect place to mingle after work or a trip to the Eaton Center. Take a look at the menu here.
Reds Midtown Tavern is located at 382 Yonge St., Unit 6, Toronto, ON M5B 1S8.