Maggie's Supper and Jazz Club is all the rage

Restaurant fuses fine cuisine, art and soft jazz

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Singing at Maggie's

A favourite in the Richmond Row area, Maggie’s Supper and Jazz Club will elevate your senses and tantalize your tastebuds.

Located across from the Grand Theatre, Maggie’s is one of the more decadent restaurants in London, delicately fusing live jazz, art and French cuisine with an international flair to create an intimate atmosphere.

Established in 2000, Maggie’s staff is limited to five employees, yet they share a combined experience of 150 years in the restaurant business. Ed Bloor, owner of Maggie’s, has been in the restaurant and art business for some time now, and somehow jazz just seemed to fit.

“One of the nice things about this place is that the women are the ones who bring the men in. Usually they’ll want a steak or something from the Keg, end up here, and fall in love with it,” Bloor says. “What’s interesting is that 70-80 per cent of the time, the women are paying the bill.”

When it comes to the menu, it’s chef Mark Chaplow’s call.

“I leave the kitchen to him; it’s smaller than the one in my house,” Bloor explains with a grin. “He’s extremely creative and can do some truly wonderful things.”

Adorning the walls of Maggie’s is eye-catching art, but don’t touch " some of the pieces cost well into the thousands of dollars. Essentially, all artwork is part of a private collection and generously provided by the Thielson Gallery.

Since its inception, Maggie’s has extended its partnership with the Grand Theatre to its customers. A “loyalty card” allows for 15 per cent off appetizers.

The Grand Theatre also offers a “Dinner and a Play” package. For one price, you receive admission to a show and a choice between seven different venues to eat, including Maggie’s.

The house pianist, John Noubarian, is also a graduate from Western. Along with Sonja Gustafson, a classically trained soprano and graduate from Western’s music department, the duo make for an entertaining dynamic.

But what sets Maggie’s apart from other establishments in London is its attention to detail; whether you’re snacking on an appetizer or finishing up your coffee after a delicious three-course meal, you’re treated warmly.

For reservations, drop by Maggie’s Supper and Jazz Club or call 519-434-5545

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