Heading up to Toronto in early January to see my Scarlet Knights play in the International Bowl. Looking for a nice restaurant with a good tasting menu. Splendido a bit out of my range for this trip (since my wife isn't going and would kill me). Looking for 5 or 7 courses with a nice variety in both the food and wine selections.
How about Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar? Great for solo dining, and their wine pairings are usually quite good.
9 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E1M2, CA
Fat Cat on Eglinton, it was fantastic, 5 hours of food and wine. don't ask me how much it cost, it was my birthday.
Sesame Crusted Sea Scallops
Lobster Bisque with vanilla & apple
Santa Barbara Chardonnay, 2004, Santa Barbara, Ca., USA
Monkfish served with lentils and spinach and a passion fruit and pink peppercorn beurre blanc sauce
Paul Zinck Gewürztraminer, 2003, Alsace, France
Maple Glazed Quail & Foie Gras
Keegan "Russian River" Pinot Noir 2001, St. Helena, Ca., USA
Pan Roasted Duck Breast with cloudlike polenta and cherry sauce
Dynamite Merlot 2002, North Coast, Ca., USA
Alberta Beef Tenderloin red wine veal jus, with corn and mushrooms
Roasted Caribou Tenderloin with Quinoa & sesame seeds, served with a wild blueberry sauce
Domaine Tempier Bandol, 2003, South Coast, France
Port, Quinta De Castelinho, 1986, Portugal
Trius Brut Sparkling Wine, Niagara, Canada
There are many (many, many!) restaurants in toronto that feature tasting menus.
Maybe you can provide a few more details on your "limits" & "preferences". The Splendido comment gave us a hint at your limit, but we do not fully understand your preferences. Some more limits are provided below:
Splendido == $135
Susur == $?
Thuet == $85->$125
Perigee = $135
Lucien == $65->$95
re: Bourdain Disciple
Don't forget to factor in about $50-$90 for matching wine,as it really makes for a complete package as well as 14% and obviouly tip. I was at Splendido about a month ago with 3 buddies, as wife eats like a bird. We each had a martini,and the tasting menu and with matching wine. With tip/tax total was an obscene $335 each. But I have to say the evening was awesome-service, food and wine spectacular but obviously very expensive. For me, though, the beginning of an annual, pre-holiday tradition!!