The Blake House mixes Canadian contemporary food with a Victorian twist
Toronto – September 15, 2010
Located in the very trendy “Village,” on Jarvis, south of Wellesley, The Blake House (449 Jarvis Street) has recently opened its doors and has stayed true to its historical Canadian roots. With a strong focus on local and fresh ingredients, The Blake House serves contemporary all-Canadian comfort food, mixing history with the modern.
Built in 1891, The Blake House is one of Toronto’s last standing heritage structures mixing 19th century Victorian and Second Empire architecture. Originally occupied by Ontario’s second premiere, the honourable Edward Blake, The Blake House has been restored to a contemporary establishment while maintaining its authentic charm.
At The Blake House you can sit on the large patio or take pleasure in the Canadian heritage of the Victorian mansion. The ambiance of the heritage home is truly Canadian, featuring stained-glass windows and the original wood-burning fireplace. Enjoy photographs of a tree-lined Jarvis Street circa the late 1800’s and relish in how the trendy Church-Wellesley neighbourhood has changed over the last century.
At The Blake House, the menu is always current. Owners and Brothers Jim, Mike and Nick Vasilakakos as well as Chef David Araya all support the local food movement and ensure The Blake House is serving up only the freshest and finest food.
Canadian born and of Chilean descent, up-and-coming Chef David Araya has crafted a menu that is full of flavour and uses only local ingredients. With influences from Asian Fusion to Mediterranean, the Toronto-based Chef takes all of his cooking styles, influences and techniques from his previous experiences to create a menu with a Canadian twist.
The all-local menu features modern tastes, such as the Baked Cheese and Flat Iron Steak Salad, as well as more traditional dishes like Maple Glazed Atlantic Salmon that is roasted to perfection, savoury Chicken Pot Pie and classic Canadian Poutine. The desserts such as the market crumbles, the cheesecakes and the crème brulês are all house-made giving it that fresh out-of-the-oven taste.
Additionally, The Blake House boasts a wine and ale list exhibiting an all-Canadian taste. The pub has 14 local beers on-tap, and wines are VQA to pair perfectly with the menu.
The Blake House combines the best of Canadian culture by blending Canadian history and tradition with contemporary comfort food to create an ideal atmosphere for friends and family.
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