TORONTO — Oliver & Bonacini has opened The Joneses, a new neighbourhood restaurant, at Yonge & Wellington in Toronto.
The restaurant’s culinary vision is driven by O&B district executive chef Andrew Piccinin (Parcheggio, Leña, Jump). Piccinin brings a love of food, conviviality and connection to the forefront of The Joneses’ menus, featuring a playful combination of retro-inspired shared places, Detroit-style pizzas, handmade pasta, pressed sushi, superior steaks and grilled fish. Familiar yet elevated, the menu lends itself well to everything from power lunches to pre-game dinners to milestone celebrations.
Stars of the menu include stuffed mushroom caps with Maryland-style lump crab and herbed breadcrumbs; Foie Gras PB&J with seared foie gras, house-made peanut butter, blueberry preserve and brioche; and Lobster Gnocchi alla Vodka with rose sauce, tarragon and creme fraiche. Pizzas are baked in deep blue steel pans to achieve a thick and perfectly crispy crust in true Motor-City fashion. A steak program offers a choice of several premium cuts, served alongside house-made sauces and classic steakhouse-inspired sides. Dessert delivers nostalgic flavours in the form of a Banana Split Mess with coconut caramel, whipped cream, meringue and ice cream, and Oliver’s Carrot Cake with cream-cheese icing and candied walnuts.
Boasting a list of 30 handcrafted cocktails, The Joneses bar is well-stocked, offering a mix of house signatures, vintage recipes and a noteworthy martini selection. Classic American cocktails come with a dash of history, such as the Tuxedo with Hayman’s dry gin, vermouth, luxardo maraschino, absinthe and orange bitters; and the Clover Club with Tanqueray dry gin, vermouth, lemon, raspberry and egg white – each respectively named for private-members clubs in New York and Philadelphia. The beverage program is rounded out by a well-curated craft-beer selection, a wide-spanning wine list and several spirit-free options.
A funky mix of old meets new, the re-imagined space by Solid Design Creative is comprised of a bar, lounge and 132-seat dining rooms featuring warm wood tones, mid-century inspired furniture and custom art graphics. Three private dining spaces, dubbed Eastwood, Kitt and Hepburn, can accommodate up to 60 guests for seated events and 70 guests for reception-style events.