Since March, locals in Yorkville have found themselves strolling up Avenue Road and taking a moment to pause and inspect a curious new neighbour. Step up from the sidewalk and you’ll find the posh neighbourhoods newest supper club has a mind all of its own.
The facade at Figures is decorated with VIP red velvet ropes and after stepping into a petite front room you’ll find yourself gawking up and down at a wall covered in comic books. Once you’ve finished eyeing everything, a friendly hostess presses a massive button and the wall snaps open, revealing a secret doorway into the Yorkville restaurants playful dining room.
The 2,000 square foot, 80-seat space was designed by Toronto-based Prototype Design Lab, who worked collaboratively with the owners and local artists to commission pieces characterized by vintage comic and cartoon character motifs. With a DJ booth resting at the bar, Figures’ guests can easily enjoy a delicious dinner before the space transforms into a hip nightlife haunt.
Co-owners Nader and Patrick Marzouk join Executive Chef Ron Stratton from Mississauga’s lively &Company Resto Bar. Chef Stratton’s always-evolving menu features seasonal, ingredient-based sharing plates which pay homage to his childhood and reflects his experiences working in Bermuda, Alberta and Muskoka.
Start your evening perched up at the bar as cocktail wizards whip together a choir of flower, foam and flaming fruit tipples. Once you’re feeling peckish grab a seat in the dining room, preferably under the massive faux Time magazine cover featuring the one and only blonde bombshell Barbie. Highlights from the kitchen include Heirloom Beets topped with deep fried brie, Soft Shell Crab paired with sweet corn and poblano, and finger-licking-good coffee rubbed Quail accompanied by juicy apricot.
Web Slinging Spider Hombre | ciroc, st.germain, aperol, berry cordial, blue curacao air
Dumb Grandson Pep Talk | thyme infused kettel one, st. germain, cazadores blanco, basil syrup, lime
Zombie Punch | bacardi 8 anos, bacardi black, wray & nephew overproof rum, lime, falernum, don’s tiki mix, dillon’s absinthe
Merguez Pogo Sticks | maple syrup, mustard
Onion Rings | buttermilk, siracha
Heirloom Beet | brie, thyme
Soft Shell Crab | corn, poblano
Quail | apricot, coffee
Doughnuts | lime, coconut, blueberry