The city’s biggest warm-weather celebration of food is back, and it’s never been bigger. This year, Summerlicious has added lots of destinations around the city, including an expanded lineup way north of Bloor. We’re thrilled to see Toronto’s growing food scene expanding into Yonge and Eg and Yonge & Sheppard – and since we’ve been in the neighbourhood for a while, we thought we’d intro you to our favourite spots.
Yonge & Eg
This Japanese restaurant has four GTA locations for a reason! If you like interesting executions of clean flavours – and a killer sake and wine list – then look no further. Get a taste of their sushi in your opening course, then opt for Canadian Kobe beef or a Japanese take on salmon cooked en Papillote (in parchment). See the whole menu here.
This Middle Eastern spot makes sometimes overpowering flavours approachable with Canadian ingredients and attention to freshness and detail. Open for both lunch and dinner during Summerlicious, this spot is particuarly good for vegetarians and vegans (or those who choose to dine with them) as there is no shortage of veggie options. We’ll be lining up for the hallum salad, Tawuk (local chicken) kabobs, and, of course, baklava for dessert. See the whole menu here.
Marc McEwan’s popular spot joins Summerlicious once again this year, and if you haven’t stopped by, consider this an excellent opportunity for an introduction. Contemporary food with French and international inspiration has made this spot a landmark, and their Summerlicious menu doesn’t disappoint – see it here.
Yonge & Shepperd
Yonge & Shepperd is another area where great food (and great living!) has come to stay.
Auberge du Pommier
French food isn’t as trendy as some of Summerlicious’ other cuisines, but it’s a staple for a reason. Get your fix of classic sauces, proteins and fresh summer veggies at this high-rated, and usually quite expensive, destination. Open for lunch and dinner – see the menu here.
It’s hard to pass up an opportunity for a really great Italian meal – especially one as well-crafted as you’ll get at Paese. Their dishes use traditional Italian ingredients and techniques executed differently, so everything you eat is equal parts familiar and surprising, like the pan-seared red snapper with oven-dried mango salsa available for Summerlicious. See the whole menu here.
Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill
This Oliver & Bonacini outpost has something on their Summerlicious menu for everyone – from jambalaya to jerk chicken, if you have picky friends chances are you’ll all find what you’re looking for here. The savoury menu is strong, but it’s the Canadian desserts – bear claws, pie with local apples & peaches, or a Beemster cheese plate – that we’re looking forward to. See the whole menu here.
What’s on your Summerlicious list?
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