Leña Restaurante – Discover This Art Deco Restaurant In Toronto
This Art Deco restaurant pays homage to his creator’s, Chef Anthony Walsh, Argentinian mother-in-law, Elena, from whom he has drawn great culinary inspiration. Leña’s fine cuisine showcases the vibrant essence of South American cooking, with unique Spanish and Italian influences. It, along with its stylish interior design, warm character, and lively tunes, promotes a “live to eat” ethos and fosters a convivial spirit at the table. Above all, this Art Deco restaurant celebrates authentic, flavourful food and drink, enjoyed amongst old and new friends.
Located in the corner of Saks Fifth Avenue, this Art Deco restaurant has always been the city’s most prestigious department store. Leña is an early-morning to the late-night restaurant, bar, and lounge. “The design had to navigate the historically protected features of the space – an asset in their beauty, but also posing certain challenges to the interior design because we couldn’t actually touch ceilings, walls or floors,” says Matt Davis, co-founder of DesignAgency which crafted its luxury interiors.
Original stained glass, a grand marble staircase and rich copper cornices set the tone for DesignAgency’s interventions in the four-story space, the most dramatic of which is the octagonal marble and olive wood bar that fills this Art Deco restaurant’s street-level.
The etched stained glass, oxidized copper cornices and grand staircases are all original, while new features, by DesignAgency, include an octagonal luxury bar on the main floor as well as quirky patterns, luxe velvet booths and rich leather upholstery. Slink down the Art Deco restaurant‘s staircase to Leña’s lower level lounge, Bar Lala, for pre-dinner or late-night gatherings with old friends and new flames.