Why King West’s The Parlour is THE Place for High-End Pizza and Cocktails

By Nicole | Bars

Feb 26

The Parlour is an upscale pub with punch bowl cocktails, lots of appetizing bar snacks, and luxe pizzas.

An adaptation of a similar pub in Vancouver, this is the first and only Toronto location for The Parlour.
Located at 642 King Street West, the restaurant is dug into an old piano factory. This theme is maintained
here, as an actual deconstructed piano is hung from the ceiling chandelier-style.

The Parlour is split across multiple levels. The downstairs area is a slightly smaller space with 150 seats
while upstairs is intended as a more upscale yet casual champagne lounge with a capacity of 175.

You also have an all-season patio with a retractable roof that makes it the place to sit come summer or a
uniquely Canadian winter hot spot during the colder months.

Pizza in King West

A lot of people come to the Parlour for their pizzas. Of course you have your usual pizza types like The
Dirty which is a meatball, extra pepperoni, banana pepper, and mozza gluten-free pizza. There’s a lot
more to The Parlour’s pizzas than just your standard meat-lovers delight though.

The Yaletown is a sort of sushi-esque inspired pizza. The tomato sauce mixes in with ahi tuna, avocado,
cilantro, red and green onion, jalapeno, and spicy aoli. On paper, these ingredients don’t entirely make
sense together. After your first bite though, you’ll see why this pizza’s on the menu.

The Goldmember is a less challenging yet equally delicious pizza, topped with Gruyere, mozzarella,
caramelized onion, mushroom duxelle, Yukon gold potato, and truffle oil. It’s a very rich-tasting pizza
you’ll want every last bite from.

There’s another half-dozen runaway hits on the dinner pizza menu as well. It’s worth noting the pizza
dough used at The Parlour uses bleached flour. It gets fermented for three days. The result is a pizza
that’s lighter and more airy than traditional Canada-style crust. The Parlour does right by its pizzas as
well, cooking them in a gas and wood rotating Morana oven. All Parlour pizza cooks fresh in four minutes!

Cocktails in King West

When it comes to the cocktails at The Parlour, for a gathering of four or more, the $90 Eye of the Tiger
will serve you well. A mix of Botanist gun, St-Germain, lemon, Prosecco, and orange blossom water, you
can take your time on this one.

If it’s just you and a friend, or you’re not digging the punch bowl idea, a blackberry smash is cocktail
heaven. It’s made from Hennessy, honey ginger lavender syrup, lemon, and of course blackberry.

The Let’s Get Mezzy takes sombre mezcal and combines it with agave, grapefruit, lime juice, cilantro, and
bird’s eye chili for a shining jewel of a cocktail. You also have non-alcoholic beverages and beers on tap.

Are you ready for The Parlour?

Delicious, perfectly cooked pizzas. Crafty, uniquely made cocktails. Located in the heart of downtown
Toronto’s best neighborhood. The Parlour is another great addition to King West restaurants and pubs.

The Parlour is still building its reputation, only months into its first year. They have a lot to prove and The
Parlour is proving it. Enjoy brunch in the day or come by late at night for cocktails in a DJ-driven
atmosphere. Chic, youthful, and vibrant, The Parlour is a perfect place to leave memories and make good
times with friends.


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