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The Living Room

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on August 29, 2013 / review policy

The Living Room Windsor ArmsThe Living Room (not to be confused as I did, with the now shuttered Living Well, formerly home to weekly dirty bingo) is now open inside the Windsor Arms Hotel. Without any exterior signage, the restaurant is hidden inside the posh hotel that is better known for its tea parties than as casual work/hang spot.

The Living Room Windsor ArmsFormerly a steakhouse, the room quietly reopened after a full makeover this summer with the ambition of attracting a younger more vibrant crowd. Inside, the newly redone space aspires to accommodate as many functions as possible; there's a bar, patio, lounge avec work station and board games plus a formal dining room.

The Living Room Windsor ArmsThe decor feels a little like La Belle Époque meets Debbie Travis in her Painted House years. Every possible surface is clad in animal prints, plaids or velvet, there are gilded deco ceilings, distressed furniture and upholstered poofs at every turn.

The menu is expansive - there's even a table of contents. Twenty five plus pages list off breakfast, smoothies, pub-like sharing plates, comfort foods, steak-house worthy mains, vegan options, wines, cocktails, spirits, beers, desserts. For hotel guests this likely translates into the ultimate room service dream, but whether it can compete for patronage amongst savvy locals might prove a greater challenge.

The Living Room Windsor ArmsMini Kobe Sliders ($15) are one example of the historic hotel wading into the realm of casual and fun. Dressed with BBQ sauce and sweet pickle garnish the patties are expectedly good quality, though not especially exciting.

The Living Room Windsor ArmsOn the other end of the spectrum, mains are more serious ranging from triple A steaks ($28 to $38) to a Moroccan Tangine ($24) featuring a chicken breast with saffron, preserved lemon and green olives over olive oil mashed potatoes. Sides (there are 11 to choose from) feature luxe entries like a lobster mash ($20) slumming it alongside hearts of palm frites ($6).

The Living Room Windsor ArmsWines range from 'reasonable' all the way up to a $14,000 (that's not a typo) bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classe (I didn't catch the vintage as it was a little out of my price range). The most novel feature is the self pour taps which can be reserved for parties of four or more. While the well stocked bar features ten draught beers, the self serve taps are hooked up to Mill Street Organic and Market Pale Ale which will digitally read what you've poured and will bill you for it accordingly.

The Living Room Windsor ArmsThe Living Room is open daily from 7am to 2am. Reservations are recommended for the self-pour beer parties.

The Living Room Windsor ArmsPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

8 Comments

sanjay / August 29, 2013 at 10:43 am
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so is Prime Steakhouse now gone?

the self-serve beer looks neat. Just a shame the average person in the Windsor Arms is 200 years old -- but maybe this will change that.
Not-Marco / August 29, 2013 at 11:34 am
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So they have AAA steak but not AAAA steak?
Why am I even reading this article, when I could be sipping a cappuccino and playing with Ipads?
Tom / August 29, 2013 at 11:58 am
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Every photo with people in it has at least someone staring at their cell phone. Fun!
Somanycellphones! replying to a comment from Tom / August 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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Every photo with people in it? You mean, like, all TWO of them? And one person in each photo looking at a phone. Oh no! The world has gone to HELL!!!
norm / August 29, 2013 at 06:53 pm
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Has St. Thomas Ave. moved to Yorkville?
Mjp / August 29, 2013 at 07:15 pm
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Tagine, one n.
Nubeil J'Amoureoux / August 31, 2013 at 09:05 am
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Merde! A best word to say how this place feel. Merde fabric on chairs. Food - also merde. Dont waste your time with this fake extravagance!
Angie / September 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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Um pretty sure you mean pommes frites...

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