Review: Church Aperitivo Bar, Toronto

This past winter I showcased the opening of Church Aperitivo Bar in Queen West. Seasons change and so do menus it seems. I was contacted this summer by the team at Butter PR advising me that the chef had tweaked a few of the menu items, added some new favorites and were currently promoting a unique Italian Sashimi offering they wanted me to sample.

I was joined at the table by Shawn from Butter PR as well as Sean Beckingham and Marian Staresinic lovers of good food, beer and cheer. We started off with piping hot risotto balls and a tasting of crostini. I was a bit skeptical about “Italian sashimi” but discovered a new favorite pairing: arctic char, roasted pistachio, hazelnuts and sea salt. Any Toronto based sushi fantastic should make a point of sampling Church’s sashimi which are paired with Italian flavours. Other highlights from the meal included creamy and crisp Caprese Salad, do it yourself Gnocco Fritto and piping hot Polenta Fries. We were dining on the first weekend of TIFF and was pleased to revel in my first celebrity siting while sipping on a mojito. A quick turn of the camera, and there you have it: Michael Pitt.

We sampled (* notes my favorites)



marinated tomatoes, cured salmon, roasted red peppers, sauteed wild mushrooms


Italian Style Sashimi

spigola with chives, sea salt, evoo

albacore tuna with marinated red beets, lemon, olive oil

arctic char with roasted pistachio, hazelnuts, sea salt *

yellowfin tuna with olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar

Stuffed Olives

Caprese Salad *

mozzarella di bufala, basil

Gnocco Fritto *

prosciutto di parma, stracchino cheese, truffle oil

Polenta Fries *

spicy tomato and fontina, gorgonzola and truffle sauces


Sesame Seed Crusted Yellowfin Tuna

caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, aged balsamic vinegar

Rib Eye Sliders

caramelized onions, gorgonzola, fontina cheese, tomato, fries

Millefoglie *

#374 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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