2537 Yonge St, Toronto, 416-487-4897
DRINKS: Full Bar.
PRICE RANGE: $$$$
NEIGHBORHOOD: Yonge and Eglinton.
This upscale eatery features Chef Mark McEwan's menu of Continental cuisine. Favorites include: Roasted Mushroom Chicken Ballantine and Steak Tartare with fried capers. Imaginative desserts like the Chocolate Bourbon Cake with peanut butter mousse.
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Impressive 21 page wine list.
The island, like the Farne Islands, is steeped in history dating back to the dark ages. St Aidan selected Lindisfarne as the site for his church and monastery because of its reasonably secure island position and its close proximity to the royal residence at Bamburgh; it was from here that Aidan taught Christianity to the barbarian people of north Northumbria. After listening to the saint's preaching, the feuding families laid down their weapons and gradually began to live in peace with each other. Aidan and Cuthbert, who followed in Aidan's footsteps, both became Bishops of Lindisfarne and their religious teachings of peace brought a tranquil calm and understanding to the people of the area. Lindisfarne, like all the coastal villages, was still not exempt from the constant attacks by Norsemen who regularly came over the North Sea in their longships to pillage and plunder. Unfortunately, on 7 June 793, the priory and settlement on Lindisfarne was burnt to the ground and many of the monks killed. It was recorded at the time that: They came like stinging hornets, like ravening wolves; they made raids on all sides, slaying not only the cattle but priests and monks. They came to Lindisfarne and laid waste, trampled the holy places under foot, dug down the altars and bore away the treasures of the church. Some of the brethren they slew and some they carried away captive and some they drowned in the sea. The priory never really recovered from the terrible slaughter and the few stalwart monks who were left finally deserted Lindisfarne in 875.