Michelin announced today a new round of Bib Gourmand additions to its prestigious 2023 Guide. These four restaurants join 21 spots already on the Toronto dining guide from last year.
The Bib Gourmand celebrates superb dining experiences at affordable prices. These restaurants offer the opportunity to enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for under $60.
“The anonymous inspectors were quite impressed with the imaginative, delicious cuisine at these eateries, as well as the value and experience,” said Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the Michelin Guides. “We hope that local foodies as well as international travellers will enjoy these tasty gems we’re pleased to reveal.”
Without further ado, here are the recently awarded Bib Gourmand restaurants, along with snippets from the inspector’s evaluations.
BB’s (Filipino cuisine)
Start your morning or fire up your evening at this groovy Filipino diner bursting with color and coolness. Brunch is a treat, featuring puffy-fried Adobo-marinated chicken paired with pineapple habanero hot sauce. The wonderfully sour braised pork loin soup will ward off the longest nights and the coldest winters. Dinner is a different speed. The kitchen trades in Japanese milkbread French toast for classic pancit with chili oil, chicken liver mousse and calamansi pie with orange blossom meringue.
Sunnys Chinese (Chinese cuisine)
Spicy, fiery, crispy, smoky – the high-wattage cooking is a total delight, as the kitchen pulls no punches at every possible junction. Tripe and beef shank coated in chili oil is a good start before launching into the charred silver needle noodles. Best of all might be the grilled chicken thigh coated in cumin, chili and pepper. To finish, the crispy Hong Kong French Toast with black sesame jam and oolong condensed milk short-circuits all manner of restraint.
Tiflisi (Central Asian cuisine)
East of downtown Toronto in Beaches, the Pkhakadze family delivers some of the city’s best and brightest Georgian cooking. Portions are built to share so bring a friend or two. Without question, this is hearty food, seasoned beautifully, prepared with care and radiating with all the comforts of home, wherever that may be.
White Lily Diner (Creative cuisine)
Old school diners are rare creatures these days, but ones that smoke their own bacon, make their own biscuits and donuts, bottle their own hot sauce and grow their own vegetables? Even rarer. Breakfast is the main draw, but guests are happy at any hour of the day. Verdant green salads, fantastic sandwiches on homemade bread, and a stunningly light hash brown make for a grand meal that gets all the details just right.
All of Toronto’s Bib Gourmand awardees will be celebrated at the Michelin Guide Ceremony on September 27th at HISTORY.