fine dining

All Downhill From Here: nine top-notch ski getaways All Downhill From Here: nine top-notch ski getaways

By Andrew Wallace Ski-loving Torontonians have it rough. The city’s in a topographic dead zone. How else to explain hour-long lineups at Blue Mountain? The only real option for good skiing: get out of town, the farther the better. Here, a few world-class destinations (that aren’t Whistler).

Edulis tops En Route’s Toronto-laden list of Canada’s best new restaurants Edulis tops En Route’s Toronto-laden list of Canada’s best new restaurants

In her introduction to En Route’s latest ranking of the country’s 10 best new restaurants, Sarah Musgrave declares 2012 “the year of Toronto”—and given the frenetic pace of openings in this city, we’re inclined to agree. Musgrave backs up her bold claim by naming six Toronto restaurants to the list, up from just two last year, reserving… Read more »

The Way We Eat Now: how foraging infiltrated fine dining and became a foodie phe... The Way We Eat Now: how foraging infiltrated fine dining and became a foodie phenomenon

By Emily Landau | Photographs by Emma McIntyre On a late-summer evening, I descended into the Don Valley with 50 well-to-do Torontonians—mostly middle-aged couples in chinos, linen suits and sandals. We paid $50 each to identify edible plants. Like churning your own butter or whittling your own driftwood spoons, foraging—finding and harvesting food from wild… Read more »

Summerlicious 2012: our food editor picks the top 10 offerings from this year’... Summerlicious 2012: our food editor picks the top 10 offerings from this year’s Licious list

Ten years in, Toronto’s loved (and loathed) bacchanalia of affordable dining is larger than ever, with 181 restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus for $25, $35 or $45 from July 6-22. Despite common complaints—packed rooms, harried dining and more salmon and chicken than a buffet wedding—an ineluctable truth remains: Summerlicious is a good opportunity to… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 12, because fancy food is back Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 12, because fancy food is back

By Emily Landau In the recession-stricken aughties, eating out in Toronto was a humble affair—chefs catered to thrifty diners by opening neighbourhood bistros that served sensible comfort food on mismatched dishes. But last year, Aria, a lavish new Italian restaurant, opened adjacent to Maple Leaf Square and reminded us how divine fine dining can be…. Read more »

Where to Eat Now 2012 Where to Eat Now 2012

The sprawling dining scene in Toronto is more diverse and promising than ever. This year, a handful of 20-something chefs who trained at the city’s old-guard establishments broke out on their own with original, low-rent restaurants in Roncesvalles, Bloorcourt Village and Cabbagetown. New Italian places—some quaint and friendly, others opulent and expensive—outpaced bistros by an… Read more »

Where to Eat Now 2012: Vote on the 10 trends in dining that we love and hate Where to Eat Now 2012: Vote on the 10 trends in dining that we love and hate

We picked out ten trends that helped define dining in Toronto in 2012, and pronounced whether we loved them, hated them or had a love-hate relationship with them. Now you can have your say.

Where to Eat Now 2012: 10 trends in dining that we love and hate (or have a love... Where to Eat Now 2012: 10 trends in dining that we love and hate (or have a love-hate relationship with)

Zagat’s 2012 survey picks Toronto’s best restos and settles that pesky avera... Zagat’s 2012 survey picks Toronto’s best restos and settles that pesky average tipping question

Online restaurant review sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon may have cut into the crowd-sourced territory that Zagat once owned, but the yearly survey still has some clout—and the power to get diners in the door. The 2,266 food-loving Torontonians who voted in this year’s survey were crazy for Keith Froggett, giving fine dining restaurant Scaramouche… Read more »

Culinary team behind the Trump Tower’s new Stock restaurant is suitably well-s... Culinary team behind the Trump Tower’s new Stock restaurant is suitably well-stocked

When Stock, the flagship restaurant in the Trump International Tower, opens its doors next year, it will be one of the highest in the city: both in metres above the ground (it’ll be on the 31st floor) and almost certainly in price—after all, the logo is a fork struck through a dollar sign. The Trump… Read more »

New Reviews: Café Belong, Elle M’a Dit and Estiatorio Volos New Reviews: Café Belong, Elle M’a Dit and Estiatorio Volos

Farmers’ market fine dining at the Brick Works, stylish Greek food downtown and a proper bistro on Baldwin CAFÉ BELONG 550 Bayview Ave., 416-901-8234 Chef Brad Long’s soaring new room, looking out on the Evergreen Brick Works, will doubtless appear in international travel magazines. The interior design, by John Tong of 3rd Uncle, is reminiscent… Read more »

Foodie film alert: A Matter of Taste follows 10 years in the life of Paul Liebra... Foodie film alert: A Matter of Taste follows 10 years in the life of Paul Liebrandt

In 2001, Paul Liebrandt—whose story is told in A Matter of Taste: Serving Paul Liebrandt, on now at the TIFF Bell Lightbox—was one of New York’s most promising chefs. At 24, after working in some of Europe’s most accomplished kitchens, the British expat moved to New York to make a name for himself. He practised a… Read more »

We chat with the winner of Top Chef Canada season one We chat with the winner of Top Chef Canada season one

We caught up with the winner of season one of Top Chef Canada last night shortly after the show aired to get their impressions on the season and find out what they’re doing with the loot (the grand prize was $100,000, along with a GE Monogram kitchen). And yes, we’re keeping things intentionally vague to… Read more »

Bringing Sexy Back: Chris Nuttall-Smith takes on Aria and Toca Bringing Sexy Back: Chris Nuttall-Smith takes on Aria and Toca

After three years of restaurant restraint, Aria and Toca, two unabashedly flashy new spots, are giving diners a reason to get dressed up again By Chris Nuttall-Smith Opulence, I missed you. I missed high thread-count table linens and hand-blown water glasses and even edible gold leaf a little. I missed the dining rooms whose owners… Read more »

The sipper club: meet the city’s competitive cabal of top sommeliers The sipper club: meet the city’s competitive cabal of top sommeliers

Will Predhomme belongs to a competitive cabal of top sommeliers who sniff, sip and spit their way through hundreds of bottles a week. They do this to help you decide what to drink with your dinner, while making you think it was your idea all along By Jason McBride | Photography by Sandy Nicholson One… Read more »