I had my birthday dinner at Constantine here in Toronto last weekend and here is my review!
Constantine is part of The Anndore House, which is a small boutique hotel. I’ve heard great things but have never been in the hotel.
The vibe of Constantine is relaxed yet upmarket, with nice lighting giving it a romantic ambience. They have a good wine selection, however, their bottles of wine are pricey, with the cheapest being $55. We went for a Primativa, which was lovely but I definitely felt it was a little overpriced.
They have seats surrounding the open kitchen where you can sit if you want to get up close and personal with the chef. The overall restaurant is open and airy offset by by the glow of surrounding white vases crowded on shelves, created using traditional Italian glassblowing techniques.
Constantine is loosely a Mediterranean restaurant, and has a contemporary twist on some old favourites. For starter, we shared the Mezze Plate which consisted of flatbread, hummus, labneh and muhammara. And we also shared the charred eggplant which was served with sour cherry, chicken skin. Both appetizers were delicious, the charred eggplant was to die for!
For mains, I had the duck, which was served with polenta and charred corn. It was amazingly tasty, the duck cooked to perfection. Phil went for the PEI certified Bavette, which he throughly enjoyed, although he was slightly disappointed that it wasnt served with any vegetables.
Their dessert menu was pretty small, amd we were both stuffed so we shared a dessert. We had the sesame mousse, which was very unusual but I really enjoyed. It was light and was served with a sprinkling of key lime sugar.
Overall, we really enjoyed Constantine, it was a little on the expensive side, so for us, would be somewhere for a special meal rather than just a casual weekend meal.