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The Ellery

The Ellery is a cozy bistro with a menu of seasonal comfort foods, fitting for a classic neighbourhood restaurant. 

Taking over the old family-run favourite Melanie's Bistro, this teal-accented restaurant is totally no-frills without being overly casual.

ellery torontoComfy booths and light Motown playing on the sound system meet all the needed requirements for a reliable spot. Surrounded by largely residential streets, it's a refreshing addition to Danforth East.

ellery torontoWhile family friendly, it's also got a wine menu and well-crafted cocktails. 

ellery torontoWith a little patio out front and a small bar area equipped with a TV in the back, the Ellery is definitely a multipurpose space in a back-to-basics way. 

ellery torontoIt may have a humble interior, but a glance at the menu reveals a well-assembled selection of necessary classics — at the end of the day, the main focus here is really the food. 

ellery torontoA great cheese and charcuterie board ($22) features smoked prosciutto, salami and Ontario bresaola (hard air-dried beef).

ellery torontoCheese from the award-winning cheese shop Fifth Town in Prince Edward County is outstanding, especially the maple leaf brie, which is aged and wrapped in an actual maple leaf. There's also Fifth Town's goat milk Cape Vessey cheese. 

ellery torontoThe board comes with some cherries, some of Kozlik's famous triple crunch Canadian mustard, and baguettes. 

ellery torontoA hearty bistro burger ($17) offers a meaty mouthful of chuck and brisket, topped with some aged white cheddar. 

ellery torontoThe house cut fries that come with it are absolutely addictive, as is the lemon aoili mayo it arrives with. 

ellery torontoA fillet of pan seared salmon ($25) is simple but delicious.

ellery torontoThe salmon skin is crisped to near perfection, accompanied with a really tasty dill crema and some fresh-grilled asparagus with cucumber salad.

ellery torontoEqually refreshing drinks are on hand, including a dark and stormy cocktail with ginger beer and rum. 

Too often, restaurants opt for dazzling interiors and end up with a faltering menu and wavering service instead. Playing the opposite end of the spectrum, it doesn't get much more classic than the Ellery. 

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Photos by

Hector Vasquez

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