5 Restaurants to Try During Summerlicious

Toronto Life

Summerlicious, the most beloved annual foodie event in Toronto, is finally here. It is the perfect time and place to discover what the best restaurants this city have to offer, and for the best price possible. Each restaurant has prepared a prefixed menu with 3-4 options of 3-course meals, vegetarian options included.

There’s more than 220 restaurants participating, so the only thing you need to do is to choose a restaurant and register. For those new to the Toronto foodie scene, here's a few of our picks if you need some inspiration.

Canoe

Canoe Lobster Carpaccio
Canoe Lobster Carpaccio by Cindy La

Address: 66 Wellington St W, 54th Floor, TD Bank Tower

Web: canoerestaurant.com

Jamie’s rating: 10/10

Jamie's review: jamiesarner.com/toronto-restaurant-reviews/canoe/

Canoe is a restaurant famous not just for their delicious food, but also for the location. It is situated atop the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, so dining here offers a breathtaking view of the Lake Ontario and the Financial District below. For both Summerlicious lunch ($28) and dinner ($48) Canoe prepared an amazing three course menu. Each course consist of four picks offering both vegetarian and meat options made with local ingredients. 

Canoe Cerf de Boileau Venison
Canoe Cerf de Boileau Venison by Cindy La

Jamie’s Summerlicious Tip

  • Smoked Georgian Bay White Fish (local) with 100km Foods Summer Radishes, Apple Kohlrabi Slaw & Dill Oil
  • Stoney Creek Pork Loin (local) with Charred Peach Succotash, Jalapeño Cornbread & Toasted Barley Jus
  • Everbearing Strawberry Semifreddo (vegetarian/local) with Compressed Strawberries, Vanilla Angel Cake & Pistachio Mousseline

Auberge du Pommier

Auberge du Pommier interior
Auberge du Pommier

Address: 4150 Yonge St

Web: aubergedupommier.com

Jamie’s rating: 9/10

Jamie's review: jamiesarner.com/toronto-restaurant-reviews/auberge-du-pommier/

This cottage-like, rustic restaurant lets you experience romantic décor and French cuisine with a modern twist. If you decide to dine here, make sure you check out their 500 label wine selection. This classical Oliver & Bonacini offer for Summerlicious consists of a three course menu with three delicious picks and a vegetarian option. Summerlicious lunch menu is priced at $28 and the dinner at $48.

Auberge du Pommier Chicken terrine
Auberge du Pommier Chicken terrine

Jamie's Summerlicious Tip

  • Summer Fruit & Melon Gazpacho with Toasted Croissant, Peppered Sheep's Yoghurt & Pickled Rind
  • Lemon Riccota Ravioli, Market Legumes, Watercress, Pine Nut & Olive Oil
  • Chocolate Crémeux, Coffee Crumble, Cacao Tuile & Mint White Chocolate Ice Cream

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Spring Ramen
Spring Ramen

Address: 190 University Ave

Web: momofukutoronto.com

Jamie’s rating: 9/10

Jamie's review: jamiesarner.com/toronto-restaurant-reviews/momofuku-noodle-bar

This noodle bar inspired by the diversity of Ontario, offering locally sourced ingredients and ever-changing menu. It is the ideal place to visit with big groups of friends, as they serve a lot of dishes made for sharing. If you are not in the mood for company, fret not, pop in by yourself for what's arguably the best ramen in town. As for Summerlicious, your 3-course meal includes ramen bowls, traditional steamed buns and something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Lunch menu is $18 and dinner $28.

Momofuku Ramen
Momofuku Ramen

Jamie's Summerlicious Tip

  • Sake Don Bowl with wild salmon, kochujang apricot, avocado, dill tare
  • Inari with miso cream cheese, sichuan mayo
  • Chai Cheesecake

The Chase Fish & Oyster

Tuna Nachos With Crispy Taro Root In The Chase Fish Oyster 1
Tuna Nachos With Crispy Taro Root 

Address: 10 Temperance St

Web: thechasefo.com

Jamie’s rating: 9/10

Jamie's review: jamiesarner.com/toronto-restaurant-reviews/the-chase-fish-oyster

When it comes to seafood, The Chase is the place to go in Toronto. Even though they do offer vegetarian options as a part of their Summerlicious menu, the visit is not worth it if you don’t taste at least one of their hot or cold sea dishes. But if you're not a sea-food aficionado, or you don't find one course seafood adventure is enough, they do offer a meat option - BBQ Pork Ribs. Lunch is priced at $23 and dinner at $38.

Bay Platter In The Chase Fish Oyster
Bay Platter In The Chase Fish Oyster

Jamie's Summerlicious Tip

  • Crispy Oysters with sesame tartar, spicy cabbage cocktail sauce
  • Grilled Pacific Albacore with coco bean salad, labneh, bibb lettuce, lemon vinaigrette
  • Chocolate Cherry Sundae with vanilla ice cream, brownie, chou chou pistachios, cherry compote

One

one halibut
Halibut at One by Pablo Monteagudo

Address: 116 Yorkville Ave

Web: one.mcewangroup.ca

Jamie’s rating: 9/10

Jamie's review: jamiesarner.com/toronto-restaurant-reviews/one-review

The Hazelton Hotel is a true Toronto Gem. Being one of best hotels in the city, their restaurant is pretty great too. One is everything a good hotel restaurant should be: Luxurious, fancy and run by a celebrity chef, in this case Mark McEwan. For the Summerlicious lunch ($28) and dinner ($48) they have compiled a menu so delicious, that you can't afford to miss it. And to compliment the perfect harmony of their menu don‘t forget to try one of their signature cocktails.

cheesecake
Cheesecake

Jamie's Summerlicious Tip

  • Seared Albacore Tuna with avocado, purple cabbage, grilled lime vinaigrette, scallion crema & crisp jalapenos
  • Beef Brisket with spinach puree, smoked potato pierogi, horseradish sour cream, crisp onions & peppercorn
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta with Ontario strawberry sorbet, lemon curd, crisp meringues & poppy seed tuile

Which Summerlicious menu are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments! 

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