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Being that seasons change so quickly in Toronto, it seems as if the city copes with the inevitable, inescapable snowstorms by channeling warm-weather vibes.
First was the brewpub with a replica Leuty Lifeguard Station, and now a tropical breeze is blowing in with the arrival of the city’s latest beach-themed hospitality.
Leslieville knows what’s up — right around the corner from the new nutbar you’ll find Hotel Delilah, the pescatarian bar and upcoming Airbnb rental upstairs. Yes, the idea here is that you can have a few cocktails then catch some z’s without having to take two subways and a streetcar home. But, that’s not even the best part.
The neon palm tree marks the spot as you enter this Costa Rican-inspired paradise. Ocean blue booth seating and flower-printed tiles help you unwind and boost your mood as soon as you sit down. And the garage door-style front window means you can catch some rays when the weather permits.
As you make your way further, you’ll see a lot of natural-looking wood and splashes of vibrant colours, like the pink wall that lines the open kitchen and the yellow-trim tables around the teal bar. You’ll want to wear your Hawaiian shirt because the decor almost demands it.
Yes, it’s fun here, and it’s also delicious.
Hotel Delilah is shaking up the city’s booming vegan and vegetarian scene by serving pescatarian dishes inspired by the world travellers the owners have met and the strangers who have turned into lasting friends. So, what does this mean when it comes to the menu?
There’s a big selection of seafood here—like the Caribbean Cuttlefish Toast and the Miss Vickie’s-crusted Halibut Fish and Chips—but, there’s also plenty to choose from if you’re vegan and/or gluten-free. The Sautéed Edamame with Grilled Pineapple or Jerk Roasted Cauliflower are sure crowd-pleasers.
If you’re looking for something more, we suggest one (or three) of the vegan BBQ Jackfruit Taco Rolls, made with red cabbage, grilled pineapple, and avocado coconut dressing. Or, go full-on beach mode with a gluten-free Poke Bowl, featuring fresh tuna, pickled carrots, and beetroot.
And to go with all that food, how about a cocktail or a glass of organic wine? This beachy bar knows how to mix up a drink — they use chickpea brine instead of egg whites, so every cocktail on the menu is vegan-friendly. We’ll take a tequila-based Honey Bee, please!
While Hotel Delilah’s crash pad for your wholesome night out or food coma wasn’t open for booking as of this writing, work is currently underway for the two-bedroom unit to be offered through Airbnb. You’ll just have to inquire about vacancy with the bartender until it’s done!