My Top 10 Restaurants for Winterlicious in Toronto

From January 30th to February 12th 2015, over 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants will join together to offer delicious three course prix-fixe lunches at dinner at one of three price categories. Here are my top ten picks of restaurants that you should try during this delicious opportunity!

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1. The Saint (227 Ossington Avenue): Located in the heart of the Ossington strip, this contemporary American tavern creatively displays the flavours of North American Cuisine.

My pick:
Pierogi (local): Pork Belly, Cheddar, Cabbage, Herbed Cream
Sautéed Rainbow Trout (local): Brown Butter Cream, Fingerling Potato, Malt Syrup
Lemon Curd (vegetarian): Shortbread, Torched Meringue
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2. Czehoski (678 Queen St W): Serving sophisticated Polish/Czech comfort cuisine with a cotemporary twist. This restaurant has been a long standing establishment along Queen Street for over 75 years.

My pick:
Roasted Beet Salad (vegetarian): roasted and marinated beets, spring mix, orange fragments, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette
Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon: two grilled to order 5oz medallions, smashed red skin potatoes, garlic rapini
Blueberry Pierogies (vegetarian): powdered sugar, sweet crème fraiche
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3. Smith (553 Church St): A casual yet intimate dinning experience fusing the comforts of southern cooking with eh French countryside.

My pick:
Applewood Smoked Tomato and Roasted Garlic Soup, Basil Cream
Crispy Half Cornish Hen: Cheddar & Buttermilk Biscuit, Red Cabbage Slaw, Maple Glaze, Hot Sauce
Maple Ginger Creme Caramel Walnut, Orange
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4. Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St W): An haute cuisine in Parkdale where Chef Matty Matheson has created a menu of delicious food paired with an experience that brings the neighborhood together.

My pick:
Octopus Escabeche: giardiniera, sourdough bread
Porchetta: rapini, lentils, garlic chips
Chocolate Terrine (vegetarian): Chantilly cream, raspberries

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5. Milagro Cantina (783 Queen St W): A traditional Mexican restaurant that serves classic Mexican dishes in a upscale, relaxed environment.

My pick:
Vuelve a la Vida: Crab, shrimp & octopus ceviche with chile serrano, cilantro & tomato
Filete Poblano: Grilled rib eye steak in a creamy poblano & white wine sauce with Diablo potatoes
Natilla de Cajeta: Bruléed cream custard with goat milk caramel
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6. Bent (777 Dundas St W): The third of Susur Lee’s restaurants, this contemporary fusion menu melds Asain and international flavours seamlessly together.

My pick:

Baked Dim Sum Chicken: squash, white & black tree ear mushroom, soya ginger garlic & thai basil, lap cheung
Asian Duck Confit: cranberries & ginger relish, rutabaga & apple potato rosti, crispy taro threads, roasted brussel sprouts with chorizo
French and Chinese Tong Yuen (vegetarian): chocolate nougat, coconut, milk chocolate sauce, chocolate crumble, raspberry, apricot puree

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7. Canteen (330 King St W): Located on the main floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this casual marketplace offers a fresh and seasonal menu for every palette from Oliver & Bonacini.

My pick:
Broccoli Kingdom Salad (vegan/local): spiced apple butter, shredded brassicas, Kozlik’s mustard vinaigrette
Kimchi Mac & Cheese: double-smoked bacon, aged cheddar, elbow macaroni
Cheesecake Square (vegetarian): candied walnuts
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8. Bannock (401 Bay St): A uniquely Canadian dinning experience that embraces the rich and diverse flavors of Canada in an innovative and playful way from Oliver & Bonacini.

My pick:
Habitant Pork Terrine (local): smoked ham hock, shoulder, pickles, mustard
Pork and Beans (local): maple pork belly, magic sauce, country sausage, bannock
PBJ + Cheese (vegetarian/local): peanut butter, jelly, canadian cheese, crisps
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9. Archeo (31 Trinity St ): Located in Toronto’s  historic Distillery District, Archeo boasts a seasonally changing Italian menu with a contemporary twist.

My pick:
Insalata Panzanella: heirloom cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onion, fresh herbs and sourdough croutons
Veal Scallopini: panko crusted veal with grilled lemon and arugula, cherry tomato and shaved fennel salad
Tiramisu Crème Brulee:chocolate drizzle lady finger

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 10. Lamesa Filipino Kitchen (669 Queen St W): Inspired by the islands of the Phillipes, Lamesa has developed a menu of cuisine with a regional approach to fillipino cooking influenced by Toronto.

My pick:
Halo Halo Sisig and Rice: Pig’s head and chicken gizzard topped with pico de gallo and a fried egg, served with rice
Ginataan Gulay: Crispy cauliflower, patty pan squash, brussels sprouts, fresh zucchini ribbons with mung beans in coconut milk and a sweet purple yam puree
Ensaymada Bread Pudding: Buttery brioche with ginger poached pears, dolce de leche and candied walnuts

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For more information on Winterlicious and their culinary events, visit their website here.

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