Table to Table in Toronto
Toronto offers exceptional dining and entertainment options. Here are a few suggestions to sample the city’s diverse culinary and club scenes.
Savvy diners have plenty of choices in Toronto. The booming food scene reflects the city’s amazing ethnic diversity, with cuisine from around the globe, plus an ever-growing emphasis on using the best of local produce in exciting new ways. With acclaimed chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud partnering with the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto to open Café Boulud and Bar in 2012, the city’s reputation as a prime culinary destination is firmly cemented. Together with a superb array of nighttime entertainment, Toronto a premier destination from every perspective.
Best Brunch: Frank, Gallery Grill
• As only befits a superbly designed art gallery, Frank at the Art Gallery of Ontario serves elegant brunches made from locally grown bounty.
• Once a private faculty club at the University of Toronto, the Gallery Grill in Hart House services a delicious Sunday brunch beneath soaring Gothic-style ceilings.
Best Ladies’ Lunch: C5 Restaurant Lounge, Jacques Bistro du Parc
• On the peaked top floor of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition, C5 Restaurant Lounge rewards culture buffs with its innovative sustenance.
• A long-time Yorkville favourite, Jacques Bistro du Parc is an intimate eatery whose superb, classically French cuisine has received countless accolades over the years.
Best Gastro-Pubs: The Queen and Beaver Public House, Allen’s
• Prepare to be pleasantly surprised in The Queen and Beaver Public House, a Victorian-style saloon where you can sample some of the city’s most creative pub fare amid period charm.
• Allen’s offers a traditional yet sophisticated Irish menu where favourites include Kerry lamb and wood-smoked salmon.
Best Romantic Dinner: Pangaea, Corner House
• Light and airy, Pangaea is a long-established star. Every seafood dish has the Ocean Wise seal of approval, and the extensive menu earns raves—as does its global wine selection.
• Slightly off the beaten path, the cosy rooms in Corner House Restaurant ooze with romantic ambience, and the menu never disappoints.
Best Pre-Theatre Dinner: Reds Bistro & Wine Bar, Gilead Café & Bistro
• Close to Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and Roy Thomson Hall, Reds Bistro &Wine Bar is warmly elegant, and highly rated for its bistro classics and some of the best seafood in town.
• A block from Soulpepper Theatre, organic guru-chef Jamie Kennedy creates classically influenced dishes made from the very best of local ingredients at Gilead Café & Bistro.
Post-Show Bar/Club: Maison Mercer, Avenue
• Splendidly located in the Entertainment District, Maison Mercer is as cool as it gets, with plenty of secluded nooks for private bottle service.
• For a more laid-back nightcap, savour an Elderflower Martini at Avenue in Four Seasons.
VIP Service: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Upping the ante for its discerning guests, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto arranges preferential service that makes a special night out even more so, from return trip by limousine to best seats in the theatre to bypassing lines for exclusive seating at the coolest nightclubs.