The Best Bone Marrow in Toronto
The best bone marrow in Toronto can be prised out of restaurants that are embracing this once neglected off-cut and making it the star on menus across town. While considered a delicacy overseas, the grisly classic was instantly popularized by Anthony Bourdain when he singled it out as his would-be death-row meal. Now, Hogtown chefs are endorsing it as part of nose-to-tail movements and tapping into the primal urges of savvy diners ready to dig into this sweet and nutty, ultra-rich indulgence.
Here is where to find the best bone marrow in Toronto.
Served with bread and a wee little spoon, the bone marrow (MP, typically $7-9) at Black Hoof on Dundas West is served alongside bread with Maldon and chimichurri. Reenact Bourdain on The Layover and funnel a couple shots through a bone-luge once all the sweet marrow is extracted. More »
Newly opened, Bar Isabel in Little Italy serves up two roasted bones per order ($14). The marrow is simply seasoned (no garnish, no fuss) for the pure, unadulterated enjoyment of sweet, buttery animal fat slathered onto grilled sourdough bread. More »
The nutty marrow in split-open bones ($14) at Campagnolo on Dundas West is complemented by sweet and tart plum marmalade and topped with stewed oxtail and finished with lemon zest. Spoon it over accompanying crostini for velvety marrow toasts. More »
Goods & Provisions in Leslieville seasons and pan sears its bones ($10) before finishing them in the oven until the marrow is a luscious soft jelly. Grilled sourdough is supplied on the side along with a straightforward parsley, caper salad to cut through the richness. More »
The Saint on Lower Ossington does a classic roasted veal marrow and parsley salad app ($13), but also offers a marrow smothered, cheesy skillet loaf ($14) featuring a cheddar stuffed, herb and garlic-buttered loaf topped with spoonfuls of buttery marrow, veal jus and chives. Even the cheeseburger benefits from the creamy goodness of marrow mayo. More »
Served with rounds of sourdough crostini, the 10 inch roasted shin bone ($18) at this Parkdale eatery cradles the melt-in-your-mouth marrow that’s then dotted with snails braised in a beef and red wine ragu. The final touch is a zesty gremolata topping composed of parsley, preserved lemon and fresh horseradish. More »
The roasted bone marrow ($9) at L'Avenue Bistro on Bayview is served canoe-style and dressed up with seasoned herbed bread crumbs before being finished in the oven to cap the buttery, dissolving animal fat with a crusty savoury topping. More »
This restaurant near King and Tecumseth gets their bones from Cumbrae Farms and roasts them to order before sprinkling them with smoked paprika and sugar for a bruleed finish. The savoury sweet delicacy ($11) is served with a lemony parsley, horseradish salad and grilled slices of crusty house-made hearth bread. More »
At this Junction Triangle tavern, roasted bone marrow is served regularly on the seasonal chalkboard menu as part of a decadent Surf & Turf platter ($35). Another recurring dish dubbed, Heart and Soul ($11) features marrow mixed with chopped grilled water buffalo, cucumber, celery hearts and a shallot vinaigrette. More »