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Sep 13, 2013 04:25 PM

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.