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First Impressions: Jump

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Every spring, I like to get away to Toronto to re-charge my batteries. For me, it’s a mini-vacation away from the daily routine and from work. It’s a chance for me to catch up with my girlfriends, do some shopping and, of course, eat! There’s nothing like coming home relaxed with a suitcase full of new clothes and a satisfied stomach.

Although my piggy bank might not necessarily agree…

Because I travel during spring break, my friends are usually at work during the day, so I am left to my own devices. During this year’s trip, it gave me a chance to catch up with a former school friend who moved to the big city to work for the banking industry. Unfortunately, with our schedules, the only window available for us to meet was Friday lunch. With only an hour, not only did we need to find a nearby eatery, we also needed to factor in travel-time, chatting, eating and paying. When you’re on a tight schedule, you need to cram in as much as possible. And so, we decided to meet up at Jump.

Jump, part of the recognized Oliver & Bonacini (O&B) restaurant group in Toronto, is located right in the heart of the financial district near Bay Street and Wellington Street West. No surprise, its lunch service packs in the business people. Arriving promptly for noon, I was quickly shown my table.

Jump describes itself as “a big, bold American style bistro combining classic New York style with sleek modern eclecticism. The sky high glass atrium, rich wood interiors, vintage wrap around bar and courtyard patio provide the perfect backdrop for our world-inspired cuisine.” Now I’ve yet to set foot in NYC so I can’t attest, but Jump is beautifully decorated. If you’re stuck behind a computer all day, you’ll love the sunlight pouring in.

Mural inside Jump

Glass Atrium

A glass of prosecco ($11) and a bread basket kept me occupied until my friend arrived.

Bread basket

Despite a one page menu, there was a good variety of pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads and seafood dishes with daily specials. You’ll find appetizers ranging from $8.75 – $15 and mains from $17 – $28.

With only 40 minutes to eat, my friend opted for the Friday special, Thai Shrimp & Crab Cakes ($21.95).

Thai Shrimp & Crab Cakes

Breaded and freshly fried, the cakes came with a crunchy cucumber bean sprout salad with slivers of carrot, lettuce leaves and was topped with a sweet chili and Thai basil mayo. Given how quickly it disappeared, it looked like my friend enjoyed her shrimp and crab cakes. She remarked it was also surprisingly filling.

I chose the daily pasta ($17.95)

Daily Pasta Special

The pappardelle was al dente with a braised beef ragu sauce topped with ricotta cheese. The portion size was pretty decent.

What I found most impressive about our meal wasn’t necessarily the food, but rather how quickly it was brought to our table. Between taking our orders and the arrival, less than ten minutes went by. This was greatly appreciated as it gave my friend and I more time to socialize.

Like all good things, our lunch ended too soon. With friendly professional service and decent food, Jump is worth stopping by for lunch.

Total: $57.52 (including tax, before tip)

Many thanks to my wonderful friend Wendy for a great lunch and for providing me all the photos above.

Particulars:
Jump
18 Wellington St. W
Commerce Court East
(416)363-3400

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Teacher by day and blogger by night, I have always been passionate about food. I grew up watching my mother cook and bake as I sat at the kitchen table doing my homework. In the summers, I happily played in the backyard garden, picking strawberries as my parents tended their crops. A city girl with a love for the outdoors, my goal is to capture the ever-changing Ottawa food scene. When I’m not running, you can find me shopping for ingredients or in the kitchen cooking for my family and friends. Whether you’ve been cooking for a long time or are learning to cook for the first time, I hope you will find something delicious here to inspire you.