TIFF Guide to Restaurants ( will be added to daily…)
Toronto restaurants will get their biggest boost of the year during TIFF which opens this week. Visitors should have no trouble distinguishing Toronto from Vancouver or Montreal, neither which city has anything like the variety or substance or sheer entertainment of Toronto, which is a true melting pot of food. But be warned eager eater, you need advice to know where to go and how much it’s gonna cost, and how easy it is to find….and so on….which are the show places, where the good deals, which restaurants are uniquely Toronto…..
The following list will be updated regularly….all opinions are my own, most taken from published reviews….
Prices $ – cheap. $$ entrée under 20 $$$ entrée over 20
New! Ame, 19 Mercer St. 416 599 7246. a block from the Bell Lightbox. The Rubino Brothers makeover of Rain (Ame) is a shogun’s palace with jujube cocktails, a eurotake on Japanese food, shared plates, great fish on the mellow robrata grill, $$(Reviewed Sept 12)
New! Liberty Noodle 171 East Liberty St. 15 mins from downtown, south of King. cab it. 416.588.4100 Looks like a commissary a Chinese assembly line. Still soft opening, no liquor yet, lunch only.
Lucien, 36 Wellington E. 416-504-9990, six blocks crosstown from BL. Elegant MOR with mild molecular influence, meat, veg sourced locally. Bar scene. Price $$$
Frank at Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street W. 416-979-8888. Few blocks n. of BL. Eclectic menus emphasizing fresh/local for weekend brunch, weekday lunch and dinner. $$$ Basement caff a downer.
C 5 at Royal Ontario Museum,100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-7928, ck website for hours. cab from BL. Green gastronomy, local sourcing, fusion twinge. $$$ Basement caff if you like sight of walking legs.
Sidecar Bar and Grill, 577 College, 416-536-7000. cab from BL. Unpretentious food, dinner, gt service. Grilled steak,salmon, weekday prix fixe $24.plus cocktails. $
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen ,85 Hanna Ave 416-588-5695, ten min cab from BL. Space station feeling with all over the map menus, burgers to pork and beans and up..lunch, dinner, weekend brunch. E $$-$$$
Lakes restaurant and wine bar, 1112 Yonge. 416-966-0185. Cab or Yonge subway to Rosedale, walk few blocks no. Pleasant Asian take on bistro faves $$
Trio ristorante and pizzeria, 3239 Yonge St 416-486-5786. Cab or Yonge subway to Lawrence, walk no 3 blocks. Naples in Toronto, the only authentic Neapolitan pizza, famous also for gnocchi. $
Le Gourmand, Hudson Bay food court (underneath store, by subway) LG3 32177 Yonge St. @ Eglinton on Yonge subway.$ pastrymeister/panini in french cafe, 152Spadina (adelaide) 416-504-4499
Far Niente 187 Bay St (416) 214-9922.$$$ Glossy slick bay street broker destination with MOR menu delivered with flair.
Batifole Bistro 744 Gerrard Street East(416) 462-9965 $$ cab it. Excellent French cooking on modest scale.
Madeline’s, 601 King Street West (416) 603-2205 $$ 10 mins from Lightbox. Sophisticated Eurofusion on shared plates