As I walked up to 17 Step’s Bloor and Runnymede location I was not sure what to expect as I descended to its front door. The underground space was a lot larger than I would have thought. It was full of wood beams, blue and green colours, beautiful unique art work on the walls, delicious smells and lots of interesting design touches stand out.
Daniel Kanelos, the owner of the 3-year-old Mediterranean inspired restaurant greeted us when we arrived. We ordered a pint from the selection of local and European beers they had on tap and followed Daniel on a short tour of his place. He is very passionate about what he does, which shows in the love and effort he puts into the restaurant and food on a daily basis. Local artists are invited to display their art on a few walls for a chance to sell their pieces, 100% of the profit goes to the artist. Daniel tells us he loves being able to help out the local artists in his neighborhood.
There are several places to sit, but the one that stands out the most is the large chefs table for ten. A chef tasting dinner, uniquely created by the chef that day is hosted here twice a week by reservation only.
Daniel shares with us some great stories of his travels in Greece and how he acquired some of his amazing interior design touches while my date and I look over the menu. There are a few dishes that stand out; since it is a tapas style menu priced between $7 – 15, we ordered a few things to start us off.