Start date: July 6, 2012
End date: July 22, 2012
The 10th year of Toronto’s favourite summer prix-fixe dining festival is about to begin with the list of participating restaurants even bigger than ever. The 2012 summer foodie celebration features 181 of Toronto’s top restaurants that offer local residents as well as tourists the opportunity to try a wide variety of diverse cuisine through three-course, prix-fixe menus ranging from $15 to $45.
The festival starts on July 6 and the food craze lasts until July 22. You’re not required to have a reservation before visiting one of the participating restaurants; however, it’s highly recommended to make one if you don’t want to wait for a free table. American Express® Card members had the opportunity to go to the Front Of The Line® to book early reservations as early as June 19 and 20; however, restaurants accept direct reservations during the whole festival.
The City of Toronto prepared a Summerlicious map where you can zoom in to your favourite neighbourhood and find the closest restaurant or create your personal list that you can share with your family and friends.
This year’s Summerlicious features 21 new additions including restaurants such as Colborne Lane, Boehmer, Parts and Labour, La Societe, and The Shore Club that are worth visiting and will definitely draw a lot of attention.
Furthermore, some of the participating restaurants will be featuring a special selection of award-winning, limited-edition wines provided by these wineries: Open (Ontario), Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi (California), Inniskillin (Niagara) and Kim Crawford (New Zealand).
Summerlicious is a great opportunity to sample Toronto’s best restaurants without causing any significant losses to your wallet. Since its beginning in 2002, there have been 3.4 million meals served through the Summerlicious series. If you don’t have time to leaf through the list, try one of our must-try picks.
Oliver and Bonacini’s critically acclaimed restaurant located in a stunning landmark room high above the TD Bank Tower offers an amazing, unique culinary experience as well as a breathtaking view of the city. Both Chefs Anthony Walsh and John Horne prepare meals with love and passion and their brilliance is captured through the rich flavours and textures of their pieces of art. The service at Canoe is exceptional; the attentive and careful staff is always there when you need something and unobtrusive when not needed. Canoe’s Summerlicious menu promises some wonderful and tasty experiences.
Located just a few floors below Canoe, Bymark demonstrates a contemporary touch with a core of classic cuisine matched by an extensive wine list. This world renowned restaurant corresponds with the reputation of its celebrity executive chef, Mark McEwan. The food is stunning — always of outstanding quality and beautifully presented. Furthermore, the amazing service combined with cozy décor creates a very pleasant atmosphere, which is the main reason why people keep coming back to Bymark. If you want to enjoy the best of this year’s Summerlicious, you shouldn’t miss a lunch or dinner at Bymark.
The warm, humid summer is the right time for fresh genuine Italian cuisine on the brand new patio of Aria Ristorante. This restaurant offers authentic Italian dining in a contemporary urban setting. Similar to the regular menu, the prix-fixe meals are simple and elegant and made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The staff at Aria is amazing and the ambience of the lights from maple leaf square enhances the romantic atmosphere of the place.
If you’re looking for a Summerlicious restaurant east of the Don Valley Parkway, Globe is one of the best options you have. Globe Bistro is a very pleasurable place to visit: their service is exemplary, the interior is cozy and stylish, and the food is incredible. Their menu always incorporates local and seasonal ingredients and therefore changes with the seasons. It’s a pity that the Summerlicious menu isn’t available on the rooftop patio, the gem of the restaurant; however, Globe is still worth visiting.
Tabülè is a very popular restaurant located on Yonge Street with an authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere and delicious genuine cuisine. If you enjoy Middle Eastern flavours, make sure that you don’t miss Tabülè’s menu during this year’s Summerlicious. Their meals are always prepared with super-fresh ingredients, care, and a typical combination of citrus, garlic, and herbs. Their drink menu offers a perfect complement to the meal, including a wide range of wines, exotic martinis, fresh juices, and loose-leaf teas. However, if you want to enjoy a magical dinner in Tabülè during Summerlicious, be sure that you make a reservation soon.