Eatdrink #80 November/December 2019 - The Holiday Issue

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Restaurants

Amazing Grace

Conscious Canadian Cuisine at Grace in Downtown London

By BRYAN LAVERY | Photos by ALIESKA ROBLES

It’s rare that a restaurant of this calibre

comes along. It makes us rethink

food and restaurant policies in fresh

and meaningful ways. Those who

have patronized downtown London’s Grace

Restaurant will have insight into the

obstacles of building a restaurant in

a former fast food location in the

middle of a construction zone. Grace

is a cosmopolitan urban experience,

an ambitious undertaking, and a

dedicated affirmation of co-owner/

executive chef Angela Murphy’s

expectation of the transformational

effects of the new flex street known as Dundas

Place. This revitalized streetscape is expected to

encourage urban renewal and pedestrian traffic,

and to provide enhanced economic and social

opportunities and residential intensification.

The promise of increased foot traffic, alfresco

dining and a setting that showcases the

heritage and character of the downtown are

among the reasons that the team at Grace

gravitated to the Dundas Place concept.

Named for Grace Murphy, Angela’s

grandmother, the 72-seat restaurant

prioritizes quality, seasonality,

locally-procured ingredients,

industry fairness, community

engagement, and social

responsibility. Ingredients are used

consciously and allow the flexibility to

change menu items or rotate dishes. At

last count, there were 65 different suppliers.

The assurance at Grace is that the food

and drink are crafted with artistry and

uncompromising dedication to excellence and

intention. The offering is billed as “Conscious

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