The #FourSquare Meal (Image: Andrew Brudz)
Hawthorne Food and Drink’s tiny room is already packed for lunch with Bay Street suits, in large part because of the popularity of the #FourSquare Meal. The lunchtime special is chef Eric Wood’s new incarnation of the Square Peg he used to serve at Fabarnak, which includes a salad, vegetable, protein and dessert served in four tidy compartments (the daily menu is posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page). Our visit brings a bruléed orange on top of truffled fennel and thinly sliced pickled beets; a hearty Swiss-style rösti topped with roasted tomato; a spinach crepe filled with slices of tender smoked beef cheek, green onions and jus; and chewy, just-sweet-enough pecan macaroons with a dab of maple syrup and sautéed apples that taste like they’re plucked from a freshly baked pie. A fun lemon-lime-ginger-mint housemade soda ($3.50) comes in a kitschy boot-shaped glass; mercifully, it doesn’t come with the high-fructose corn syrup that could derail your New Year’s resolution.
The cost: $25, including tax and tip
The time: 1 hour, with a precautionary reservation (the small dining room fills up quickly)
Hawthorne Food and Drink, 60 Richmond St. E., 647-930-9517, Facebook page, @HawthorneTO