On the menu at Clio, the new restaurant and lounge reserved for Charles Khabouth members on King West
Contact: 600 King Street West, 416-368-8448, cliotoronto.com, @cliotoronto
District: King West
The owners: Charles Khabouth, Danny Soberano, Fernando Mammoliti and Domenic Oppedisano
Chief: Michael parubocki
Previously: The speech club
Accessibility: Fully accessible
On the fourth floor of this chic members-only social club is a full-fledged restaurant with an internationally inspired menu. The guiding theme is high but affordable fare: think creamy carbonara wearing a Parmesan tile hat, seared cauliflower in homemade vadouvan oil, and immaculately fried seafood sprinkled with powdered seaweed. Earth. Careful supply is a matter of course – the restaurant works closely with 100km Food. Clio is currently open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Coming soon: Sunday roasts.
There’s a tight menu of playful cocktails ranging from refreshing to invigorating, a 200-label international wine list featuring traditional and modern varietals and spirits.
The room has the opulence of an exclusive establishment, combined with the sensuality of a sweatshop. A comfortable cabin and salon-style seating wrap around a sleek marble bar, tiered chandeliers light up the dining area, and there’s a wall lined with playful pop art and mirrors. It’s elegant, but not in a strict way. In addition, there is a DJ most evenings of the week.