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Jul 1, 2009 07:42 PM

looking for a restaurant specializing in cheese in toronto

i know it's never a good idea to compare toronto restaurants with new york city ones, but i'm looking for toronto's version of this:

basically someplace i can get cheese and maybe wine or champagne flights.

any ideas?

thank you!

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  1. Caren's in Yorkville. Doesn't just about every fine restaurant have a cheese plate?

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    1. re: dubchild

      Yes, but none of them are on Park Avenue and have the words "artisanal" and "bistro" in their names. <cough> As far as Toronto goes, one of my favorite places to have a plate of cheese and a wine to match (or rather, vice versa) is Cafe Taste in Parkdale - their slant is decidedly organic/biodynamic and/or local. Caren's is on my list, but I haven't been yet. And if you're okay with limiting yourself to Ontario wines (or non-Ontario beers), Volo does a good cheese board, but generally the pairing responsibilities are up to you.

      1. re: Wahooty

        I agree with Wahooty's Cafe Taste recommendation. You can check out their menu here:

        Cafe Taste
        1330 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K, CA

        1. re: toveggiegirl

          Yes Cafe Taste looks perfect.
          Thanks guys!

    2. A lot of high end restaurants have reasonable cheese offerings. I doubt they have cheese flights though.

      1. As an inversion to Wahooty's comment, I've been to Carens and recommend it but Cafe Taste is still on my list. Globe Bistro has a nice local cheese menu.

        124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

        158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

        Cafe Taste
        1330 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K, CA

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        1. re: JamieK

          You are the yang to my yin, Jamie. ;)

        2. Just walked past Crush, and noticed they're having a series of wine & cheese tastings w/ the Cheese Boutique this summer.

          1. Try reds bistro, they have an excellent selection, many of them from Cheese Boutique. Here is the cheese menu from their website: