~ Winterlicious 2015: My Top 10 Picks ~

New year, new list of restaurants for Toronto Foodies!

Licious menu prices have increased this year. Now prix fixe lunches are $18, $23, $28 and dinners are $25, $35, $45. Reservations have already opened but if you are still looking for suggestions check out my list below:

1) ONE Restaurant
Price: $28 Lunch/$45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/Wjx1q4
Note: Been here for Summerlicious 2014 lunch and a media dinner. Had great experiences with both so it will stay at the top of my list!

2) BENT
Price: $35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/j7rNsn
Note: Passed by this resto while heading to another foodie event. Décor looks nice and while reviews say portions are small, food is apparently good.

3) Rock Lobster East
Price: $25 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/0ZmwGT
Note: Loved trying their lobster rolls at a food expo! Going to visit the Queen West location for Winterlicious. The East location couldn’t accommodate my reservation so they actually provided a choice between Queen West and Ossington location.

4) Eat Fresh Be Healthy
Price: $18 Lunch/ $25 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/zRMeeb
Note: The great reviews and food pics for this place make me curious to check it out. 

5) Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge
Price: $18 Lunch/ $25 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/ywQDDQ
Note: Looks like a very popular brunch place going by reviews.

6) MoRoCo Chocolate
Price: $23 Lunch/$35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/D7LVtb
Note: They didn’t win me over with their macarons but maybe the other items on their menu will impress? Going for a late Winterlicious lunch with a friend to check them out again.

7) L’unita
Price: $35
Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/QCtT4E
Note: Popular restaurant from reviews.

8) Marben
Price: $23 Lunch/ 35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/QCtT4E
Note: A lot of people have dined here according to the Facebook page likes and check-ins. Has a very nice décor.

9) Ruth Chris Steakhouse
Price: $45 Dinner
Info: 
http://goo.gl/h9iiUW
Note: Been meaning to go here for the longest time. This year is another pass due to lack of interest from my foodie friends but perhaps next time? A $45 three-course dinner at a steakhouse is a pretty good deal!

10) Bosk
Price: $28 Lunch/$45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/IkWYLN
Note: Dined here for lunch during Winterlicious 2014 and had a great time! Everyone raved about the Salmon dish! 

OTHER OPTIONS

1) America – $28 Lunch/ $45 Dinner
2) Tabule – $18 Lunch/ $25 Dinner
3) Cluny – $23 Lunch/ $35 Dinner
4) Copa Cabana – $35 Dinner
5) Café Boulud – $45 Dinner

If anything here are some of my favourite places: Sassafraz, Canoe, Rosewater, Bannock (going for a Winterlicious lunch this year as well!)

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2013

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Get ready foodies, Ocean Wise’s Chowder Chowdown is coming to town! This event is definitely marked as a highlight on my foodie calendar, so I can’t recommend it enough. If you aren’t sure about attending, I hope my post will … Continue reading

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

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The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is where top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Guests are invited to sample all 13 chowders (a wooden spoon’s provided to taste … Continue reading

Summerlicious – PROHIBITION Gastrohouse and Oyster Bar ★★1/2

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Price: Over $15+ I went with a group of my foodie friends for a $15 Summerlicious lunch at PROHIBITION Gastrohouse. Decided to try this place out after seeing the popular reviews on Urbanspoon. It was a bit far for me … Continue reading

Summerlicious – Stock ★★★1/2

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Price: Over $30+ Decided to try a new restaurant with some foodie friends this year and after a vote, settled on the $25 lunch menu at Stock in Trump International Hotel & Tower. Right as I walked in, I noticed … Continue reading

~ Summerlicious 2013: My Top 10 Picks ~

1) One
Price: $25 Lunch/$45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/HIAit
Note: Good reviews and has a nice patio. Owned by McEwan Group who also owns Bymark and North 44. 

2) Nota Bene
Price: $25 Lunch/$45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/OdNgE
Note: Good reviews and very well-known. Ex- Prime Minister Jean Chrétien dined here! 

3) Parts & Labour
Price: $35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/uneiZ
Note: Hearing buzz about it. Low-key atmosphere and has a dance floor downstairs. 

4) Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Price: $20 Lunch/$35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/POh5f
Note: I’ve meant to check this place out for the longest time but it’s a bit far west of central downtown area. I would still recommend checking it out though, they host many foodie events and have good reviews as well. 

5) Stock
Price: $25 Lunch/$45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/db9CU
Note: Located in Trump Tower, this would be a good chance to check it out! A friend went and mentioned it wasn’t bad. Interior looks really nice as well. 

6) Prohibition Gastrohouse and Oyster House
Price: $15 Lunch/$25 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/Ucnc0
Note: Located a bit far out east of central downtown area..this resto seems very popular and has good reviews. 

7) Rosewater
Price: $20 Lunch/ $35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/YZV3a
Note: Misjudged this place! A relative told me they had a mediocre experience so I have been kind of avoiding this resto for a while. However, I gave in and visited for Winterlicious and on a regular evening as well. Food was good and service wasnt bad either. Love the interior. I would recommend this place, especially since $20-35 is very reasonable for 3 courses. Only placing this low on my picks because I have already tried it. 

8) Splendido
Price: $45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/4pVf0
Note: Another resto I have been meaning to check out and on my wish list for the longest time. I am not too excited about the Summerlicious menu but if you like it, be sure to try this place out. Reviews are still pretty good. 

9) Canoe
Price: $25 Lunch/ $45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/MqhfC
Note: Only low on my list since I’ve been there so many times. If you haven’t and like the menu, move this to the top of your list! I definitely recommend it and suggest a table near the windows. 

10) Biff Bistro
Price: $20 Lunch/$35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/CxWsz
Note: Haven’t tried this one yet but I think it is a solid resto under Oliver & Bonacini..their reputation speaks for itself.  

RUNNER UP PICKS

1) PURE SPIRITS Oyster Bar
Price: $20 Lunch/$35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/Hqvaq

2) Sassafraz
Price: $25 Lunch/$45 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/nl8x2

3) Le Societe
Price: $20 Lunch/$35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/wTo8b

4) Domani Restaurant & Wine Bar
Price: $25 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/cRpTs

5) Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse
Price: $35 Dinner
Info: http://goo.gl/YQl4d