and her name is GERALDINE! Geraldine is now open in Parkdale courtesy of locals Peter Ramsay (formerly Chef de cuisine at Sidecar) and partners, Alexandra and Randy Albert. The space has been entirely made over.
The decor is pre-prohibition cocktail era. Dim wall sconces and framed artworks adorn the slate-coloured walls, tableware and crystal stemware were scavenged from local vintage dealers and yard sales.
It was a cold Friday evening during the holidays and yet, they were booked solid for dinner. We got seats at the bar but someone cancelled so we got a cute little table in the center of the restaurant.
To warm up, I ordered the “Anonymous”
BLACK CARDAMOM INFUSED BULLEIT BOURBON – COLD BREW COFFEE – CINNAMON TINCTURE – MAPLE SYRUP – FERNET BRANCA
it not only warmed me up but it WOKE me up! Being a bourbon drink, I sipped it lightly and enjoyed the cinnamon and coffee flavours that were so perfectly mixed in. The bartenders take their craft seriously. We sat and watched the shaking, stirring, and pouring as if we had gone back in time.
My date is from the East coast so impressing him with oysters is a big deal. The Rockefeller was amazing. I can’t forget to mention the freshness of the ceviche. It was light and the chips were not greasy.
Geraldine’s also has OYSTER HAPPY HOUR!
ENJOY OUR FULL OYSTER SELECTION AT HALF PRICE EVERYDAY FROM 5:00 – 6:00
The rainbow trout was perfectly seared and the cauliflower puree could have easily been mistaken for mashed potatoes.
Was tender and juicy…something you would expect at a classic steakhouse
Nothing finishes off dinner better than warm cookies and an interesting take on Vietnamese coffee. I could’ve eaten a dozen cookies in one sitting. Needless to say, we will be returning sooner than later!!
ps. don’t forget about the great wine list too!!
1564 QUEEN ST. W.
TORONTO, ON M6R 1A6