Seafood restaurant The Chase Fish & Oyster and Canadian restaurant The Chase are now ready to open after a long overhaul of the historic Dineen Building at 10 Temperance St. (at Yonge). The downstairs seafood restaurant is opening today with an all-day menu. Meanwhile, the upstairs Chase, with patio for 80 and great views of Yonge and Bay Streets, will be open to the public this Monday for lunch and dinner. Platters of fried oysters on brioche slider buns, fried chicken with a spicy dipping sauce, and grilled lamb chops with a mint-apple sauce were among the bites sampled at last night’s preview party catering to the Bay Street crowd. Here’s a look at what the finished restaurants look like and how far they’ve come compared to what we saw during a hard-hat tour in May.—Karon Liu
The completed seafood bar last night, where party guests huddled around the hostess booth making dinner reservations for next week.
The finished downstairs dining room accented with billowing sails overhead. There is also a street level patio at the front of the restaurant.
The all-day menu at The Chase Fish & Oyster. Also offered are seafood platters priced at $50 and $110 (named Yonge and Bay platters).
The upstairs Chase is accessible via an elevator. Upon entering guests see the bar on their right, and on the left is a hallway leading past the kitchen and into the dining room.
The dining room at The Chase that looks out to Yonge Street. The lunch menu includes starters like poached crab with carrots, leeks, parsley, and gnocchi ($21); octopus with harissa, salsa verde, pork sausage, olives, and arugula ($23); and sharing appetizers of beef tartare ($17) and ricotta with strawberry rhubarb, lemon thyme, and grilled bread ($16). Mains are mostly in the $20 to $30 range, with options like poached lobster with papardelle ($35), roasted salmon with bread salad ($26), and sirloin steak with grilled romaine, poblano peppers, and salsa verde ($29).
The dinner menu is similar to the lunch menu with the addition of starters like avocado stuffed with shrimp and corn, served with a celery and fennel salad ($19) and a platter of oysters, crab, tuna, shrimp, and salmon for $26 per person. Mains include roasted lamb chop with lamb belly, stuffed agnolotti, and rapini ($44); grilled scallops with quinoa, peas, and ham hocks ($29); and stuffed enchilada with red beans, quinoa, poblano, avocado, and shrimp ceviche salad ($26).
The upstairs patio that overlooks Cloud Gardens as well as Yonge and Bay Streets.