Where Toronto’s Michelin-recognized chefs eat cheap: Anna Chen — Alma

Although inflation has caused the cost of dining out to soar, there are many standout restaurants in the city with quality food at reasonable prices. And when it comes to restaurant recommendations, who better to trust than a chef — and a Michelin chef to boot!

Chef Anna Chen, recently awarded a Bib Gourmand for Alma— a modern Chinese restaurant with a highly elegant take on comfort food,  — recently shared her favourite affordable restaurant in Toronto where two can dine with wine for under $100. Read on to find out which spot she selected.

Chef Chen wants to eat at: Midfield Wine Bar

“For food, the Welsh rarebit is my fave! It’s cheesy goodness!! It’s a great standby,” she recently told us. “The chef also runs his own organic farm.” 1434 Dundas St. W.

Midfield Wine Bar

In 2011, while looking to open his own establishment, Giuseppe Anile (who, before this venture, owned Marquee Video and is a former manager at Bar Italia), ran into his future business partner who was looking to open a wine bar, and that collaborative project became Midfield Wine Bar. The restaurant features a wide selection of wine by the glass or bottle (more than 350!). As for the food, expect modern Canadian cuisine designed for sharing focused on seasonality, layers of flavour, elegance and whimsy. Standout dishes on the current menu include dry aged coho salmon served with fermented fennel, cultured cream and braised onions and braised beef cheek accompanied by hakurai turnip, rhubarb umeboshi and long pepper. 1434 Dundas St W.

If you want to know where chef Steven Molnar of Quetzal eats cheap, click here, for Rob Rossi of Osteria Guilia click here.  And to find out where chefs Kate Chomyshyn and Julio Guajardo of Fonda Balam get an affordable meal, click here.

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