BEDFORD ACADEMY 4 out of 5
36 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, On., M5R 2J9, (416) 921-4600 Mon - Fri 11:00 - 2:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 - 11:00Went to the Bedford Academy after seeing the BYOW ad on their website. I emailed them to find out the details and they responded right away with the details indicating that I had to bring the receipt that showed it was purchased at the LCBO, come after 5 pm and pay a corkage fee of $5. After checking the menu in advance online we had noticed that they called themselves a gastro pub. The food was definitely different from a pub, but they had a laid back pub like atmosphere.
We came at about 6 pm and were greeted and seated in the dining area, which seemed cramped with too many tables. We ordered some appetizers and the waiter opened the wine that we had brought. It was a nice Chianti. We shared our apps including calamari fritti with Chipotle aioli and pomes frites. I ordered the dry rubbed char grilled pickerel fillet on a grilled vegetable salad drizzled with garlic butter. The pickerel was awesome, but there were too many grilled vegetables in the bowl and they overwhelmed the taste of the fish ($19). My wife ordered the butternut squash ravioli with caramelized apples and brown butter sauce ($16). She liked the ravioli, but it was in too much oil. My son had the prosciutto wrapped beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes and seasonable vegetables, and he liked it ($19).
The room was very noisy due to a group that really should have been in the bar area. Also, we were sitting at a very dark table and my flash wasn't working, so the only pictures I could get were of the room itself, and even these were very dark.
The service was very good, and I like the BYOW touch. We will probably try the Bedford again either in the summer on the patio, or on a brighter day, when we can see our dishes.
We have been here many times since our first experience and have come to like the Bedford. The service is excellent and everything we have tried here is fabulous. They have improved their wine selection and have kept the $5 corkage on Saturdays. Their specials are always unique and tasty and we find their prices reasonable. We would recommend you try this restaurant.