TORONTO — Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Bistro is now open for dinner service in Toronto.
Kennedy had taken a brief hiatus from holding down a regular, nightly cooking gig when he sold his eponymous Wine Bar in the fall of 2009 and refocused his efforts on culinary ventures with Jamie Kennedy Kitchens. But the renowned chef, slow food advocate and longtime champion of seasonal, regional cuisine, says he’s excited to be back behind the stoves once more.
“The introduction of Gilead Bistro was very organic — a natural next step for the café,” said Kennedy in a press release on his website. “Our loyal patrons have appealed for this additional offering at Gilead and we are excited to be launching it in the new year.”
The 40-seat bistro is located in Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood on the city’s east side, in the same space occupied by Kennedy’s Gilead Café, which remains open during the day. The production kitchen for Kennedy’s catering business is also housed on-site. In the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday — after shuffling around some of the furniture and décor — the bistro will appear in the same space. Sunday brunch service is also available.
The best news for fans of Kennedy’s cooking? One look at the Gilead Bistro’s à la carte menu and it’s clear his mandate to serve good, local, seasonal fare sourced from sustainable producers has not waned from his days at JK Wine Bar. And with apps in the $10 range, mains from $15 to $25, and $20 corkage fee, it offers great value, too.
Photo by Jo Dickins