My Top 5 Restaurants for Summerlicious in Toronto

From July 3rd to 26th, 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! We shared our top picks for Winterlicious, but now it’s time to round up the best for the summer! Let us know which restaurant you’re most excited to try in the comments below!

1. Los Colibris (220 King St W) – A few weeks ago I had the chance to learn how to make guacamole with their head chef as a part of Metro’s Master Class during the Taste of Toronto. I cannot wait to explore their full menu this summer during Summerlicous and see how they are bringing these authentic Mexican flavours to Toronto.

My Pick: 

Tostada de Brisket y Ancho Adobo
(crema, avocado, pickled onion, salsa macha)
Pescado en Salsa Verde
(tilapia, axiote rice, salsa verde, vegetables)
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2. L’Ouvrier (791 Dundas St W) – One of my favourite restaurants in the city, L’Ouvrier is a great tasted into the experimental culinary landscape in Toronto as it brings together traditional Canadian flavours in a unique and delicious way.

My Pick:
White Gazpacho
brioche, hazelnuts, cucumber, cold pressed sunflower oil
Braised Ontario Pork Sholder
cider- honey glaze, grits, buttermilk ranch, greens
Baked Alaska
flourless chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, caramel, burnt meringue
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3. Ocho Hotel (195 Spadina Ave)- This boutique hotel (located just steps away from the vibrant Queen West strip) is offering an outstanding locally sourced menu for the summer re-inventing the way we are thinking about the flavours of Ontario.

My Pick:
Sauteed wild mushrooms topped with goat cheese on honey farmhouse crostini and truffle oil (vegetarian/local)
Deboned half Cornish hen in bbq maple and balsamic marinade with potato latkes, asparagus and crème fraiche (local)
Mint Chocolate Ice Cream (vegetarian/local)
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4. Cluny (35 Tank House Lane) – This french bistro in the heart of the historic Distillery District is one of my favourite spots in the city. Be transported back to France with it’s romantic decor and indulge in their world class menu.

My Pick:
Spinach and Buffalo Ricotta Salad (vegetarian)
(quinoa, wheat berry, quince dressing)
Moroccan Style Pork Shoulder Pot Roast
(apricots, fennel, tomato, cous cous)
French Apricot Galette
(yuzu caramel and black sesame ice cream)

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5. America (325 Bay Street) – Offering contemporary American cuisine in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, this is the perfect spot to splurge on a special night out.

My Pick:
Fried Chicken & Matcha Waffle
(pickled watermelon, vanilla table syrup)
Wellington County Beef Strip Loin & BBQ Brisket (local)
(hoppin’ john, green vegetable piccalilli)
Key Lime Pie
(sourdough crumb, meringue, tequila)

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