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What is Toronto's most expensive restaurant?

Can anyone name Toronto's most expensive meal these days?

I'm having dinner at Momofuku Shoto in a few weeks and I was just wondering if there are any other restaurants in Toronto in the same price range these days. I think Splendido might be but I can't think of any other restaurants that in the $300+ for 2 people range?

Back in the day, there was Susur, Centro, North 44. I think North 44 is in the $200/2 range today.

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  1. Scaramouche, if you order a full meal with wine, tip and taxes...

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    1. re: Dean Tudor

      Agree - was at Scaramouche last month. 366 for the 2 of us.

      1. re: Dean Tudor

        I think one should remove 'wine' from the equation!! Since the value can distort the bill tremendously!

        Just for argument sake, if one would pick an ordinary Bistro or Trattoria with a great wine list like Le Select or Paese. Order a simple dish like Steak Frite but pair it with a 1949 Chateau Margaux or 1985 Sassicaia for around $2700 per bottle. Then, to kick it up a notch even more, order a bottle of say 1947 Chateau D'Yquem to go with the $10 Creme Brulee. That 4-5 figure bill can trump any meal at any restaurant any day?!!! No?!!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          However, you mentioned below about special dishes like Shark's Fin and Abalone which is akin to a ordering a Premier Cru Bordeaux, so you're not being consistent here.

          In fact, I would sooner order a 1985 Sassicaia for $2,700 with the rest of my meal than the Tiger Shark's Fin you mentioned below for $2,700+.

      2. Hashimoto is I think in the same price range as Shoto if you have the wine pairing at Shoto

        You can get into the $300/2 price range at Kaji if you make a dent in the Sake and Shochu list

        1. Hashimoto is $300 pp not including drinks, taxes and tip. I'm guessing you could also do a significant amount of damage at a steakhouse like Jacobs or Harbour 60 if you tried.

          1. It all depends on cuisine!!

            For Japanese: The $300 pp Kaiseki course of Hashimoto

            For Western: Jacobs Steakhouse. They have both Wagyu and Cavair. If one order 'Beluga' caviar to start with at $250 a pop and then follow by the Australian Oakleigh Range Wagyu Striploin at $110, the two alone will set you back $360+

            For Chinese: If order a la carte, sky is the limit!!
            Judy's kitchen, for example, offers Tiger shark shark's fin, which the owner has collected from years ago, at only $2700+ a dish! Similarly Golden Court, John's BBQ, the Casa's ...etc all have their own in-house collectibles! Again, depending on size, price could costs even more...way more!
            In addition some establishments also have Japanese dried abalone which they offered braised in Shang Tong Broth and Oyster sauce. Depending on sizes, one 10 'head' Yoshihama can easily make a $2500 dent in your wallet. However, the more common size are the 16 - 20 head ones. Price ranges from $500 each and up. If you don't want to spurge, the common dried Japanese Abalone can still cost you around $80-$100 pp for a morsel the size of an Oreal cookie.
            Add to that some Sea Cucumbers, Bloodied Bird's nest, fish Maw...etc and you are looking at the price of a compact car for a meal for 4!!

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            1. re: Charles Yu

              Wow, I honestly had no idea stuff like that was going on in Toronto, kinda blowing my mind

            2. Very easy at Jacobs. I've seen Sotto Sotto go off the rails without trying too hard.

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              1. re: justsayn

                Wow, I had no idea that Jacobs was so expensive. I just checked out the menu. It must be the most expensive steakhouse in town.

                1. re: chefhound

                  Although Jacob's has more expensive options and you can spend a fair amount of money there, Harbour 60 is more expensive on average (the food is much, much better at Jacob's).

                  1. re: justxpete

                    Harbour Sixty offers a much superior rib steak, dollar for dollar, pound for pound over Jacobs. When ordering on a budget, Harbour Sixty is the better value. If you have no budget, they are both very expensive but Jacobs offers many more excellent steak choices over Harbour. You may not know the cow's name at Harbour, but you know he died to a skilled hand!

                    While I have had disappointing steaks at Jacobs (dry, bland, grainy), I have never had a less than stellar rib steak at Harbour.

                    1. re: justsayn

                      Lol. Harbour 60s rib steak is a steaming pile of shit compared to Jacobs & Co's. There is no value at H60. That's the problem. It's expensive, pretentious crap. Anyone who knows anything about steak knows it. And $36 for a shrimp cocktail? lol.

              2. i will assume you mean food Excluding wine.

                - khao san road

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                1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                  "Expensive" could just mean highest dollar charge, and that's easy to quantify and prove, but if value is provided for that dollar, I personally don't think of a restaurant as expensive.

                  The most "expensive" restaurants for me are the ones that don't cook, the ones that microwave mass-produced industrial entrees and garnish the plate with bottled sauces. Does anyone think , oh, Milestones or P.F. Chang's is good value?

                  If nothing in my meal hasn't taken at least a full day to produce, that's an expensive meal. If a restaurant isn't making its own pizza crust and sauce from scratch, then that is a wickedly EXPENSIVE pizza.

                  And a boo-out to the ones that charge real money for dishes I can easily better prepare at home for a 10th of the price. I find BRUNCH expensive. Ridiculous. I go to them with friends as a social event, not as a food event. Expensive to the point of stupid.

                2. Let me clarify the details of my original question. When I said most expensive meal, I meant for either a tasting menu or a la carte without add-ons or upgrades. And maybe a glass of wine or a cocktail.

                  Obviously, as Charles mentions, you can astronomically inflate your bill at a high-end Chinese restaurant with shark's fin, abalone etc. but I'm basing the cost on a basic meal.

                  Shoto is $150 per person before a drink or tax and tip. Which means that dinner for 2 with a glass of wine will come to about $430. A 7-course tasting menu at Bero, where I had a fantastic meal last night, would be about $250 for 2 with a glass of wine.

                  Is there another place in Toronto where dinner for 2 with a drink would cost more than $450?

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                  1. re: chefhound

                    If you're really keen on it, you can have Splendido create a custom tasting menu for you, and they'll charge you somewhere between $125-140pp. Couple of glasses of wine and such, and you'll probably run close to $350.

                    But $450? Other than Hashimoto, not really.

                    And in my experience, most "mid-range" restos in TO are around $150/2 (including tax and tip).

                    1. re: justxpete

                      Eigensinn Farm with its $300 pp tasting menu will set you back about $450 after beverages, tax and tips. Tag on the cost of 'Gasoline' and voila!! No problem!!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        EF isn't in Toronto! And it's BYOW, remember? So it'd still be $300.

                        1. re: justxpete

                          You forgot about the $8 bottled water and the $5 coffee which are not included in the $300!!
                          BTW, using their Free range chicken and fresh buttermilk, may be Stadtlander can produce the best fried chicken in Ontario?! Ha!!

                          1. re: Charles Yu

                            Anywhere that's gonna tack on a $5 coffee to a $300 meal immediately loses my business. That's insane

                              1. re: disgusti

                                Me too. This is just rude and provocative.
                                Now I have an excuse not to take the Ms.

                                1. re: disgusti

                                  Stadtlander doesn't charge outrageous prices to get rich. He's a different type of chef and uses the money to teach his under-studies and maintain the "co-op".

                                  So $5 is $5. I have no issue with it. It's not like any restaurant that charges that much gives you coffee for free. As a matter of fact, they all charge for it.

                                  1. re: justxpete

                                    Per Se charges that much and does not nickel and dime for coffee. In fact my fiance had non-alcoholic beverage pairings for her entire meal free.

                                    1. re: nowai

                                      You must be pretty special. We don't make many of our reservations via OP, and have had the same treatment across Alinea, EMP, Per Se and Grace, among others.

                                2. re: Charles Yu

                                  But as justxpete said, EF is not in Toronto which is one of the criteria stated by the OP.

                          2. re: chefhound

                            As already mentioned above, Hashimoto fits your criteria. Jacobs mentioned above would not fit your criteria because the likes of Wagyu or Caviar are not "basic" by your definition. I think Hashimoto is the only one.