|Ambiance |||Dance Club, Lounge, Pub|
Profile Last Updated: May 27, 2008
The light is dim and the room of black leather sofas, an aged wood floor, bent rod-iron stools and heavy wood timbers suggests an industrial, chic loft look. Towards the back of the room, high windows allow daylight to wash over the Asian art and statues that remind diners of the shared kitchen space with Sanuk - its sister restaurant in the Magnolia Hotel.
After 10 p.m.
Past the doormen, flashing lights and thumping bass suggest that you should be here to dance. The dance floor is small and often crowded. Bartenders work full-tilt behind a sleek, well stocked bar. There are quiet nooks available for conversation, to take a break from dancing or the quick exchange of phone numbers, but be sure to get back to the floor when your drink is done.
The huge wood posts and I-beams aren’t just decoration. They hold up 10 hand-painted brewing vessels that bring five regular house brews plus a seasonal offering. The names speak of the island: Big Surf Pilsner, Dragon Tail Pale, Voodoo Porter, but the real star is Super-G. Not a ginger-beer soda pop, this nutty, medium bodied beer has a unique combination of ginseng and ginger in the brewing process. The flavour pairs well with the east meets west menu that has favourites from Sanuk, as well as more standard pub fare with a twist like a Shiitake mushroom pizza glazed in lemon grass oil.