Flavour of the Week: Entice Culinary Lounge – NOW CLOSED

An immersive experience with contemporary food comes to Queen West


What's the draw:

At night, Entice stands mysterious - painted in black with darkened windows meant to 'entice' passerby. Inside, the 70 seat space fuses tech with dining complete with a statement bar top made from flat screen TV’s projecting black and white movies and charging ports at every table. There’s a 10 person private dining room in the back that allows diners to stream their own playlists and sip drinks from their own private bar - Lewis Hamilton, Angela Simmons and a bevy of sports stars have already been tapped as guests in it. The 'culinary lounge' gives us serious supper club vibes while serving up contemporary food with immersive twists.

What to drink:

Cocktails are the speciality here and while many are happy to see the trend of molecular drinks be gone away with, Entice are proudly serving up playful elixirs using liquid nitrogen and foams. Sit at the bar to get a first-class seat to the magic. Their signature cocktail - the Gateway to OT combines Remy Martin, Dom de Canton, and muddled mint topped up with ginger beer. Served in a small copper stein, it's Instagram friendly and packs a punch. For those looking for something a little fruitier, The Culross is served with Mount Gay Rum, Apricot Brandy, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice - a great drink cleansing the palette between courses. A selection of wines and beers come from all around the world, perfect for pairing with the continental menu.

What to eat:

Chef Ryan Wilson-Lall is all about thinking outside the box and putting his own twist on classic creations. Familiar dishes like the burger, fish and chips and striploin steak are all carefully tweaked to create new flavour combinations. The signature carbonara ravioli with bacon, whipped porcini egg and roasted garlic mascarpone surrounding house made pasta is almost too pretty to eat and has become a firm favourite with guests, as has the the K-Beef ribs - served with apple and house made spicy kimchi. The AAA striploin with patatas bravas and collard greens comes with the jus poured over a hot stone in order to 'draw out the flavours' and while can't wholeheartedly confirm this, it does look pretty cool. The restaurant features weekly specials and proudly supports local produce, sourcing a lot of the ingredients from traders on Queen West.

Dinner and drinks for two: Around $170

1036 Queen Street West; 416-368-4231;