With a stylish “see and be seen” bar, lounge and wraparound patio, O&B Yonge & Front is a destination spot for Toronto’s tastemakers, Bay Street’s movers and shakers, and neighbourhood locals alike. The expansive dining room is divided into cozy nooks, featuring a mix of communal tables, leather banquettes and high-tops, perfect for casual group dining, after-work drinks and date nights downtown.
The menu features fresh, seasonal pastas, salads, burgers, sandwiches and fire-roasted pizzas, along with globally and chef-inspired daily specials. For those who prefer to sip and snack, our bar bites, hand-crafted cocktails and curated wines are ideal for sharing and lingering in the lounge.
Even as a small child growing up in rural Ontario, Chef Matthew Cooper had an affinity for local produce. Whether he was picking vegetables on his neighbour’s farm or tapping maple trees, he was always amazed by the diversity of ingredients available in his own backyard.
By his early teens, Chef Matthew had relocated to Ottawa, where he worked part-time in a restaurant kitchen run by his uncle. Immediately falling in love with the fast-paced kitchen environment, he decided to train under his uncle during his free time, and subsequently helped to launch a successful catering business.
In 2010, Chef Matthew made the jump to Toronto in an effort to immerse himself in one of the world’s leading culinary hubs. After working in several kitchens around the city, he chose to join the Oliver & Bonacini team – drawn by the company’s commitment to quality food and service excellence. As Executive Sous Chef of a five-star hotel, he quickly learned how to cope with high pressure situations and lead a team all while maintaining top-notch standards. And once he made the move to Chef de Cuisine at Canteen, he not only successfully crafted a relevant, vegetable-forward menu with contrasting elements of rich, decadent flavours, but he established a strong kitchen team that built upon an already excellent rapport with the front-of-house team.
Now, as Executive Chef at O&B Café Grill, Yonge & Front, Chef Matthew seeks to infuse a similar vegetable-forward style of cooking to the refined classics on the menu, bringing a modern twist to Yonge and Front Street’s bustling vibe. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Matthew enjoys cooking with his wife at home, staying active at the gym and indulging in the city’s undeniably diverse culinary scene.