We are an authentic, modern French brasserie that celebrates the Parisian dining experience in the heart of Toronto's vibrant east end, and direct neighbours to Crow's Theatre. We are open 7 days a week including a cafe service that offers full coffee service and pastries from early morning as well as bar services from 11:30am to close. Our dining room is open from 5:30pm to close and includes reservable Chef's Bar seating (choose "counter" seating in Opentable). Starting in late June 2017, we will offer a lunch menu from 11:30am to 3:30pm.
In 2001, after a 4-year stint in the UK working for a small sports/racing car manufacturer, Erik attended New York University, where he enrolled in the Masters program for Food and Hospitality Management. During his two years studying in New York, he also worked on a number of restaurant-related projects, developing new marketing strategies for a post-9/11 marketplace. In 2003, Erik returned to Toronto and began developing a concept and raising funds for what would become Izakaya.
Shortly thereafter, he teamed up with John Sinopoli and, in the spring of 2005, together they opened their modern Japanese pub, one of the first of its kind in Toronto. 2008 saw the opening of Table 17, with John heading up the kitchen and Erik running the day-to-day business operations.
Three years later, inspired by the continuing evolution of Toronto’s east end, and Italian food and wine, Ascari Enoteca was brought to life in December 2011. In 2013, Erik and John partnered with a long-time member of the Izakaya/Table 17 fraternity to open Hi-Lo Bar, just a few steps away from Table 17.
Throughout, they have continued to grow a comprehensive catering operation for both corporate lunch clients and intimate, highly refined evening events and dinners. Since 2015, Erik has been a driving force behind the team developing the food and beverage program for The Broadview Hotel, which includes 58 guest rooms, a 90-seat casual fine-dining restaurant, a lobby cafe & bar, an expansive rooftop experience, and a 4000-sq.-ft. wedding and event venue, slated to open in the spring of 2017.
After completing an honours degree at McGill and a year of travels in Japan, John attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC and went on to work at the venerable La Caravelle. He then moved on to Craft, Tom Colicchio's flagship, where over the course of almost two years John learned the successful business practices and incessant demand for high quality that won the restaurant the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the United States. Upon John’s return to Toronto, he joined the team at the acclaimed Splendido where, under Chef/Owner David Lee, he helped to develop sophisticated tasting menus and was proud to be a part of one of Toronto’s best kitchens. In 2005, John was presented with the opportunity to open Izakaya with owner and partner Erik Joyal. At Izakaya, John and his team developed a style of Japanese food that spoke to his experience in Japan as well a demand for quality products and precise execution.
June of 2008 saw a shift back to John’s and Erik’s European roots with the opening of Table 17. John led the kitchen at Table 17 in creating an ingredient-driven menu where the influences of European tradition and modern American sensibility were readily apparent.
In 2011, John and Erik opened Ascari Enoteca, an Italian wine and pasta bar where there is a focus on “off the beaten path” wines as well as Italian classics. Handmade pasta and inventive shared dishes rule the menu. This was closely followed by the birth of Hi-Lo Bar, a fun neighbourhood rock-and-roll bar featuring great beers, cocktails and snacks, and good times.
Since 2015, Sinopoli and Joyal have been developing the food and beverage program for the soon-to-open Broadview Hotel, as well as assisting with design and facility planning for the project. This 58-room boutique hotel will be home to 3 different food venues, as well as a 4000-sq.-ft. event venue.