Summerlicious is here, and there’s destination dining close to lots of our newest buildings! We’ve already given you the skinny on where to eat at Yonge & Eg and Yonge & Sheppard – now we’re heading a few notches south to Yorkville. Read on for our favourite picks in one of the Toronto’s most delicious neighbourhoods.
This Yorkville staple is obviously on our list. Serving French-inspired Canadian cuisine, you’ll notice an emphasis on delicious, local ingredients. The menu showcases lots of amazing Ontario produce, and there’s no better time to dig in than in the middle of summer. Try braised rabbit or cornish hen as your main – and definitely get the Ontario cheese plate to finish. See the whole menu here.
If you’re looking for a date night option, Blu’s romantic atmosphere and warm, comforting Italian dishes are exactly what you need. Their Summerlicious menu steers clear of pizza and pasta, focusing instead on interesting proteins like beef cheek, and duck terrine. It might not be traditional, but we’d definitely round out a meal at Blu with their lime and coconut cannoli. See the whole menu here.
Thinking outside the Italian box? Mideastro fuses, you guessed it, mediterranean and bistro fare for unique plates every time. Their Summerlicious menu has traditional options like Tagine, alongside nontraditional items like Miami short ribs. See the whole menu here.
This French fusion spot has one of the most interesting and comprehensive Summerlicious menus we’ve seen, and those who frequent Creme Brasserie all year round know that everything is always executed to the highest standards. Go all in with the escargot to start, pick any of the mains, and finish with a peach-and-pear banana split, because, why not? See the whole menu here.
If you’ve never been to this lushly decorated spot, now’s your chance! A hearty, more traditional menu is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and the stained glass ceiling and amazing ambiance will make your visit feel really special. See the whole menu here.
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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
The new home of E Condos might be expanding their healthy offerings, but that doesn’t mean they’re short on treat-yourself dinner spots.
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.
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One of the best things about living in Yorkville is all the events right at your doorstep – World Pride, exotic car shows and now Summerlicious! We love Summerlicious because it’s a fabulous way to try new and old restaurants in your neighbourhood! Where better to wine and dine than at some of Toronto’s best restaurants in one of Toronto’s hottest neighbourhoods?
Here are our top three picks in Yorkville, but since Summerlicious starts tomorrow you might want to hurry and make your reservations!
Just under two years old, Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Hotel has become a Toronto favourite. This is Chef Daniel Boulud’s third restaurant of the same name, with one in New York and another in Palm Beach. The menu is inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud’s French roots with touches of international flavours. The Summerlicious dinner ($45) menu includes offerings like the Charantaise Melon Salad, Cumbrae Beef Brisket, and Peach Sundaes.
Think about it – some of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers have eaten at this Yorkville gem, which means the food MUST be good. The little yellow Victorian houses have become a Yorkville icon, and have been a part of the Yorkville neighbourhood since its famous hippie era. But enough about the history – let’s talk about the food! Sassafraz offers delicious French-inspired Canadian cuisine and you can try their Gazpacho, Cornish Hen, or Pina Colada Panna Cotta as part of their lunch($25) or dinner ($45) Summerlicious menus.
We’re big fans of Mark McEwan and his ONE Restaurant at the Hazelton Hotel, actually we love all his restaurants in Toronto and his gourmet food shop. ONE Restaurant was once described as being Toronto’s only five-star restaurant, and though that title have changed since then, their food and service certainly hasn’t. Their Summerlicious lunch ($25) and dinner ($45) menus include Corn and Crab Chowder, Fried Chicken and Chocolate Cheesecake. ONE Restaurant also has vegetarian options.
Other Yorkville restaurants participating in Summerlicious include: a la Carte at the Gardiner, Annona Restaurant, Blu Ristorante, Ciao Wine Bar, Creme Brasserie, Il Posto, L’unita, La Société, Living Room, Matisse Restaurant and Bar, Mideastro Yorkville, Mistura, MoRoCo Chocolat, Museum Tavern, Pangaea, The Host Fine Indian Cuisine, Toni Bulloni, Vaticano, and Wish.
There ya go! Most restaurants are still taking reservations but they are going fast so make your reservations ASAP.
Summerlicious 2013 in Toronto is here!
Last week we shared with you three of our favourite restaurants in Yorkville that are partaking in the much-anticipated Summerlicious. We love the event so much that we took on the fun task of picking out our favourite restaurants in ever-so-poppin’ Yonge and Eglinton. Many restaurants are still taking reservations but we recommend calling them ASAP because Torontonians can’t get enough of Summerlicious.
Well-known for their Middle-Eastern cuisine, patrons from all over Toronto like to hit up this mid-town restaurant. Tabülè has developed a reputation for not only serving incredibly delicious food, but also for their hearty portions. What makes Tabülè a favourite is their down to earth approach of classic dishes middle eastern dishes made right.
The Summerlicious menu has something for everyone – including vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers. Be sure to try the lentil soup (rumoured to be the best in Toronto) and don’t forget about the baklava!
Summerlicious at Jaipur Grille
We love Summerlicious for the great fixed prices, but also for the amazing variety of cuisines. With over 100 restaurants participating in the multi-cultural city of Toronto, it comes as no surprise that there are several Indian restaurants on the list. The newly-renovated Jaipur Grill is a definite must for anyone looking to give their taste buds a fresh kick, or for those that love a mean chicken tikka masala!
Summerlicious at Quince
Quince is a Summerlicious (and Winterlicious) veteran, and for good reason. The Mediterranean-inspired menu is delicious and much-loved by those living in the Yonge and Eglinton area. The bistro boasts a quiet and intimate atmosphere, making it the perfect place to bring a date. Quince is also known for using seasonal and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.
Have you decided where you’re going to go for Summerlicious? The official website lets you know which restaurants are taking reservations for the day – so book your spots fast!
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Summerlicious in Toronto is here: The official kickoff of summer!
Yorkville is the home of Crystal Blu and it’s also one of the best neighbourhoods for Toronto’s favourite pastime, dining out. Summerlicious (and its cold weather counterpart Winterlicious) is the best time to discover new restaurants. Many Yorkville hotspots are offering prix fixe meals at fabulous price points.
See our top 3 picks in Yorkville after the jump and call them soon. Reservations are going fast!