Toronto, ON M6G 3V5
Holed up on an off-the-radar strip of Ossington, this contemporary Canadian restaurant turns out eye-opening fare. The level of respect chef-owner Justin Cournoyer has for the land, for the seasons and for the climate is palpable in every dish. All is local and seasonal, at Actinolite and the ethos permeates every aspect of the business. Asparagus is served with soured cream and fresh garden herbs, laid perfectly vertical on the plate. Turnips come with fermented apricot and pineapple weed, showcasing their simple glory. Not enough for ya? The joint nabbed the distinction of being the country's most eco-friendly restaurant in 2018. Chew on that, vegans. This is more than a restaurant; it's a life lesson in a meal.