Auberge du Pommier has been at the top of the game in Toronto's French fine dining scene since it opened in 1987. The cuisine incorporates traditional French techniques with North American seasonal influences and ingredients. Not to be mistaken for modern cooking, this is a French fine dining restaurant all the way down to the immaculate white tablecloths and perfectly choreographed service.
The food now is classic bistro with a luxurious twist. There’s plenty of personal Boulud touches (the beignet de calamar include deft Southeast Asian flavours) and nods to Toronto (the quenelle de brochette is made with Ontario-sourced pike.) In short, the rethink worked and Café Boulud is in a class by itself.
More than a quarter of a century in, Canoe remains a critical darling and a place where people still want to be seen. Located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, the restaurant serves up striking views of Lake Ontario and the cityscape, and has long been considered one of the city’s most
A bar on one side and a dining room on the other, Eastside Social is the radical and nautical seafood restaurant that Leslieville locals are loving. It’s one of those great spaces where the decor matches the culinary theme. Dark wood finishings, a navy accent wall and light fixtures that look like (and could very
Figures bills itself as the city’s most imaginative upscale resto-lounge, where elegance meets revelry. Despite being located in swanky Yorkville, Figures is comic book– and superhero-themed. Where else can you dine on Baja fish tacos, burgers or black truffle gnocchi, while seated under Captain America’s shield, and then hit the dance floor after? Figures has
As comic icon Jerry Seinfeld once asked, in character as Barry B. Benson for Bee Movie (2007), “Ya like jazz?” it’s the question that must be asked before a night at Jazz Bistro, Toronto’s favourite fine dining and live jazz performances locale in the heart of downtown. Indulge with menu favourites like the pan seared Ontario
Fat Tuesday (otherwise known as Mardi Gras) is today, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a hefty, overindulgent, trashy-good Southern sandwich known as the po’ boy? While an authentic New Orleans po’ boy is hard to find in Toronto, various takes on the sandwich are popping up on menus across the city. Herewith, four po’ boy-esque creations from around the GTA.
In a world where rustic Italiana rules the city, and the likes of French onion soup and coq au vin are from when dinosaurs walked the earth, La Palette is a charming throwback. Yes, you can still make us happy with great lashings of butterfat — in unctuous sauce on pasta, in the compound butter
Bienvenue à Le Baratin. This modern bistro is as close to France as you can get in this city. From its all-French management and kitchen team to a wine list that is 95 per cent from France, taste how locally sourced ingredients can make you feel an ocean away. Le Baratin’s head chef Jean Regis
A modern bistro on the corner of Queen West and Peter Street, this multifaceted restaurant is dedicated to great wine, food and experiences. Peter Pan Bistro is best known for the wonderful in-between time where it’s too late for breakfast but you didn’t quite sleep in enough for it to be lunch. So, you settle