Nearly every condo launched in Toronto gets a rough time from UrbanToronto readers for the name that has been chosen to market it. Marketers and developers know that there's a savvy market here, and they know that it's difficult to find something that will grab everyone, yet still set their product apart from the rest of the crowd. When the name of the latest project from the Monarch Corporation was announced, it was greeted with a typical dollop of skepticism here. The Epicurean? What makes this place more foodie friendly than anywhere else?

The answer has arrived: the Epicurean will be full of touches that cater to people who enjoy food, who feel at home in the kitchen, and who want to make every dinner or dinner party special. That's something that not every condo is ready to accommodate, but the Epicurean's amenities and kitchens prove that the marketing name here is not just an empty promise.

Demonstration kitchen at the Epicurean condo, image courtesy of the Monarch Corporation

The obvious first stop on the Epicurean's amenity tour is the gorgeous demonstration kitchen. Whether you're bringing in a chef for a party, or that's you in the chef's hat above, the beautifully equipped room will make for memorable events with your friends or family. In good weather the facilities will be even more of a treat, with an herb garden just outside the kitchen which features al fresco cooking—a barbecue is at hand–and al fresco dining of course.

Herb garden at the Epicurean condo, image courtesy of the Monarch Corporation

In any weather you will also be able to invite your guests into the Vintage Lounge, a stylish room set up for wine tasting or more formal meals.

Wine room at the Epicurean condo, image courtesy of the Monarch Corporation

Your own kitchen will be impressive too, with beautiful high-quality cabinetry, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances.

Kitchen in a suite at the Epicurean condo, image courtesy of the Monarch Corporation

Within a short drive of the Epicurean, which is at the corner of Dundas Street West and Prince Edward Drive, are numerous top-notch restaurants and gourmet food shops. Want to head out for fine dining? Bloor Street through The Kingsway and Bloor West Village has many options, with a growing list on Dundas in the Junction and on the Queensway to the south. Kaji, one of the GTA's very best sushi restaurants, is 10 minutes max to the south and west. If you're in the mood to cook, some of the city's finest purveyors of food are similarly close. Max's Market and the incredible Cheese Boutique are also just ten minutes in a car, but you've got even closer than that here: Bruno's Fine Foods is practically across the street, and Loblaw's Humber Market is just across the valley.

The Epicurean condo, image courtesy of the Monarch Corporation

All of this is available in suites which start in the $300,000s, and which are available as of this Saturday from noon onwards during the building's grand opening. UrbanToronto's dataBase entry for the building, linked below, has all the information you'll need to find your way to the presentation centre.

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