Your favourite Toronto restaurant
Okay folks, I want to hear your BEST, can't miss recommendations for Toronto. I'm in the city for a co-op placement and don't want to waste my precious time at mediocre places before I head back home to the country. Let me know your favourite place and I'll try to fit them all in!
thanks so much
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ps, my favourite can't miss restaurant in Toronto is Splendido.
Oops. I should also note that "The Black Hoof" which got the most votes as the top restaurant in Toronto, is now closed.
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA
I've had favourite restaurants in Toronto over the decades: Fenton's, Perigee, and the like. Now I've found another. My ladyfriend and I went to L'Ouvrier for their tasting menu on a Saturday night in Sept., 2014, not expecting a great deal, despite the good on-line reviews. I was sceptical about the neighbourhood, and Toronto restaurants do have a peculiar habit of jacking the sound up to unreasonable levels on weekends, something you don't find in equivalent restaurants in New York or Montreal. And they had forgotten to record my reservation. They seated us anyway. And wow!
The tasting menu was six course plus an amuse to start, which consisted of two raw oysters. What an amuse! Then each of us got different, delicious, inventive salads, which we shared - a nice touch that Perigeee used to offer. Then a rather complex, entirely delicious steak tartare. The two mains were first a "cauliflower ravioli." Misnamed! This dish should be called heaven! The second main was pork belly with corn, etc, etc. A tiny bit dry, but still utterly delicious. Then we got two desserts to share. Another Perigee touch.
The service was friendly, but not unduly so, and good. I gave a bigger tip than I have done in many years.
And the wine pairing! So many tasting menus offer offbeat wines that might be fascinating but which you wouldn't necessarily want to have again. At L'Ouvrier each wine was superb, including the dessert wine, which was a well chosen port.
The restaurant's motto is "allowing 'fine' dining to become accessible to l'ouvrier (the working man)." Maybe that explains the preposterously reasonable price: $50 for the tasting menu, and the unusually generous amount of food in each course. Not only is the food terrific, but the prices are ultra-reasonable. I can hardly wait to go again, although I think I might avoid the weekend. The staff kindly lowered the volume of the music, but it still got a bit noisy after 8:30 because of a huge birthday party going on. I recommend this place whole-heartedly.