I really enjoy cheese, but much to even my own surprise I've only ever ordered a cheese plate [as/instead of dessert] once in my life. It was not in Toronto, but in Rochester, England. Generally I don't eat dessert as I'm too full...but I would be willing to make an exception if I knew a restaurant had a really great cheese plate. I generally like all types of cheese, but I would be interestsed in trying some quality Canadian cheeses.
Hmm, I choose the cheese plate over dessert whenever possible! Usually accompanied by a nice port or banyuls or suchlike. Last spring, I had a tasty plate with a couple of Quebec cheeses at the Gallery Grill. On that day it was Le Kenogamie (Fromagerie Lehmann) and Allegretto (La Vache a Maillotte) but the menu changes from day to day.
(Note - they are open for lunch only)
7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA
Me too! I'd like to try Cafe Taste and also Carens Wine & Cheese Bar
Did you know Volo offers a good selection of Ontario & Quebec cheeses? I've been there a few times for the cheese (and beer).
(click on the little cheese icon
587 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA
158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA
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I like Cafe Taste, but go sometime when you're going to be in the neighborhood anyway. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there, but it's a very enjoyable place to hang out, have a glass and a cheese plate if, like me, you have friends that live nearby, etc. I really wish it were around the corner from my house - then I'd be there all the time. :)
But the cheese is solid, Jeremy is knowledgeable about their wines, and the staff makes it incredibly easy to fritter away a lot of time there if that's what you're in the mood for.
Lucien has a good cheese plate.
I didn't love the resto overall, but for pre- or post-dinner wine and cheese it might be a nice stop.
The Comrade on Queen E has a decent cheese plate. It's also a pleasant spot to have a few drinks with a group, or alone.