Winterlicious 2016: My Top 10 Picks

Hi Foodies, New year, new restaurants and a new Licious list for my foodie followers. Wanted to get this out earlier but I’ve had a crazy busy week. My new list is totally different because I wanted to recommend different restaurants and just … Continue reading

~ 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 … 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

Summerlicious – July 6 to 22nd, 2012

Summerlicious is here again! For anyone new to the event, it is about restaurants providing three course prix-fixe menu’s at a more affordable price.

I strongly support this event because it attracts new customers for restaurants as well as let foodies visit new restaurants they might not have tried before. I have done Summerlicious and Winterlicious events for the past 3-4 years now, so it’s a definitely a ritual with my friends and I.

Keep a watch on my blog as I will also post my top picks! I base my decisions on various factors such as online reviews, buzz, personal references, restaurant appearance, cuisine and location.

Reservations start June 21st. Check here for more information and restaurant listings:

http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/summerlicious/2012/index.htm

 

Winterlicious 2012 – Canoe Restaurant

Canoe is one of my personal favourite restaurants, which is evident from my previous review.

However, I recently ate here on the first day of Winterlicious and I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed with the food this time. Maybe it was because this was the first day of Winterlicious or the menu itself but I found the food somewhat bland in taste for certain dishes.

My starter was fine, I had clover roads duck rillette with gribiche, pretzel bread & forbes’ wild flavours. With the main dish however, I had braised Alberta lamb pappardelle with walnuts & mill st. coffee porter sauce but felt the noodles were a bit undercooked? My dessert, birch syrup pudding with bacon caramel & ginger foam was good but the portion was incredibly small. I’m usually one not to complain about portions because I know most fine dining restaurants don’t offer you large portions like more main stream restaurants. However, this was a bit too small for even me. As for drinks, I enjoyed the Winterlicious special pear and cranberry non-alcoholic drink. It was very fruity.

Overall, I did enjoy myself at Canoe. Even if sometimes I felt it was hectic (there were 2-3 people coming to our table, the waiter and 2 staff members), who were very nice and friendly but came too frequently for me to fully enjoy my meal with friends. I also felt a little rushed at the end to leave but our group did stay for almost 3 hours, so its understandable. Would still recommend visiting here.

Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Canoe.aspx
Location: 66 Wellington Street West, 54th Floor of TD Tower, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6
Telephone: (416) 364-0054
Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:45am to 10:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: closed for private events

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Winterlicious 2012 Restaurant Picks

Here are my 2012 Winterlicious picks based on buzz and reviews:

– Bistro 990 ($20 lunch/$35 dinner): http://bit.ly/exo0Pp
– BLD Restaurant ($20 lunch/$35 dinner): http://bit.ly/ursGVE
– Bloom ($20 lunch/$35 dinner): http://bit.ly/hm2Uwi
– Boiler House ($35 dinner): http://bit.ly/ft6KPM
– Canoe ($25 lunch/$45 dinner): http://bit.ly/g1Jva9
– Crush Wine Bar ($25 lunch/ $35 dinner): http://bit.ly/sZA7Tt
– Kultra ($35 dinner): http://bit.ly/rIzHe9
– Luma ($20 lunch/$35 dinner): http://bit.ly/rsYxHd
– Mildred’s Temple Kitchen ($20 lunch/$35 dinner): http://bit.ly/urVXQU
– PURE SPRITS Oyster House & Grill ($25 lunch/$35 dinner): http://bit.ly/uI5dxX

Let me know what you think!