Omaw opened on Ossington in the spring of 2015 to positive reviews. It was listed as one of Kates’ top 100 (#28) in 2016, and one of Toronto’s best new restaurants in 2015 in Huffington Post. The restaurant has been lauded for it’s creative takes on traditional Southern American food. Omaw is owned by Toronto based restaurant group The Food Dudes and the head chef is Matt Blondin. After a few months off, Omaw is open again.
The latest menu at Omaw is streamlined and precise, and still maintains the Southern inspiration of its origins. Kentucky Fried Squid, buttermilk, remoulade and grits, are all reminiscent of the old south. All the items are served tapas style, small and for sharing. On our visit we tried Crudo, Broccoli, the Lamb Bun, Pork Belly, Dry Aged Beef and Wings (which was really just a large single wing, stuffed with dirty rice – not your standard bar wing dish).
The interior décor has also changed. The bar is brighter and more modern looking, with metals and neon replacing the wooden design. Most of the cooking and grilling is done right behind the bar, so if you like to watch chefs in action, definitely take a seat at the bar. While we were there they were happy to talk and tell us about the dishes and what they were currently creating.
New tables showcase a much more open and airy space.
Omaw is open again for dinner Wednesday through Sunday at 6PM.