Vegans now have a second reason to visit Bloordale: the recently opened Grey Tiger (which the owners named after their rescued tabby cat). During the daytime, plugged-in freelancers can snack on house-baked cinnamon toast, black sesame buns or scallion twists while sipping precisely brewed cuppas. (Co-owner Becky Ip is fastidious when it comes to tea, which she weighs before steeping at just the right temperature and for just the right number of minutes.) At night, flaky baked goods are replaced by charcuterie boards topped with nut cheese, mushroom pâté, pickled veggies and olives. Ip’s husband and business partner, Ryan Ringer, who used to manage the bar at The Beverley, mixes cocktails like the Murder, She Wrote, a bourbon, peach-berry shrub, maraschino liqueur, lemon, and ginger-berry kombucha concoction—but there’s beer on tap, too. In the fall, Ip plans to introduce a vegan high tea service.
1190 Bloor St. W., @greytigerTO