Crush is located in a century-old brick-and-beam building in Toronto’s King Street West neighborhood. It’s a modern British-style restaurant recently acquired by Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Vintage Hotels. Given the neighborhood, the crowd is predictably business suits and designer jeans; but the atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious.
The wine list features more than 150 wines, 50 of them from Ontario. “Our wine list is a work in progress,” explained Mark Moffat, Crush’s general manager and sommelier. “My goal is to never leave it stagnant. I am inspired by wines that are esoteric and hard to find.” A current hard-to-find favorite-for Moffat and his patrons-is the 2008 Feudi Di San Gregorio Falanghia from Campania, Italy.
Wine flights are grouped thematically. Choices include ‘Thirst Quenching Whites’, ‘Bordeaux Inspired Wines’ and ‘Old World Hidden Gems’. I ordered ‘Champagne Tastes’ and was served two-ounce tastings of Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial, Dom Perignon 2000 and aKrug 1998 Brut.
Crush also hosts regular winemaker’s dinners and weekly events including: Crush Cinq a Sept-Monday to Friday, 5 to 7pm, all items on the bar menu are half price. Dom Perignon and Oyster Boy Oysters—On Wednesdays, you can enjoy a glass of champagne and half dozen oysters for $75. Wine and Charcuterie—Thursdays from 5 to 8pm, Crush offers a flight of new wines to accompany its famous Dolce Lucano Charcuterie ($55). Bottom line: The setting is comfortable, the staff knowledgeable, and the menu priced to accommodate every suit or designer- jean pocket.
455 King Street West Toronto, ON