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The Best Charcuterie Plates in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 25, 2014

charcuterie torontoThe best charcuterie in Toronto isn't just plates of cold cuts and cornichons, but rather an old world craft taken up with great reverence and gusto by a new wave of hog-wild chefs. Luckily for Toronto diners, this translates to an astounding array of cured, smoked and salted delicacies; accompanied by the equally strong and unwaning trend of canning and preserving, we've got ourselves a veritable smorgasbord of good eating.

Here is where to find the best charcuterie in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Bone Marrow in Toronto
The Best Steak Tartare in Toronto
The Best Sausages in Toronto

Photo of Workshop by Latitude which isn't on the list but you should try out if in Roncesvalles Village.

Black Hoof

Black Hoof

Perhaps the OG of Toronto’s charcuterie craze, the meaty menu at this Dundas West restaurant is proof they take the craft seriously. The selection on the board ($19) is always in flux, though some recent features have included beef heart and spruce salami, fermented felino salami, Montreal smoked duck breast and a rustic chicken liver, caper and raisin pate. More »

Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel

This celebrated Spanish restaurant on College St. offers the option to splurge on a la carte orders of house-cured meats like larzo ($11), cured horse ($11), and ascending grades of jamon ($16-$50). For a more wallet-friendly accompaniment (that’ll leave room for all those other things you want eat) sample the impressively piled-high daily assortment ($16). More »

Richmond Station

Richmond Station

This upmarket restaurant in the Financial District offers a charcuterie board ($16) composed of a daily assortment of house-cured meats accented by selections from the pantry of preserves. Enjoy a sampling of artisanal goodies like falanghina and truffle salami, venison cacciatore, and presskopf. More »

Nota Bene

Nota Bene

This downtown destination for business lunches and pre-theatre crowds offers an artisanal charcuterie board ($24) laid out to showcase an always-changing assortment of cured meats like house made prosciutto, salami and sausage. Spiced olives and pickled vegetables accent the spread. More »

Bestellen

Bestellen

The meat-centric menu at this College St. restaurant offers terrine and charcuterie boards in two sizes, small ($13) and large ($25), featuring a range of house-made selections like mortadella, soppresatta or terrines. Accompanied by a colourful array of pickles, mustards and toast, it’s a feast for the eyes as much as the tastebuds. More »

Harbord Room

Harbord Room

The charcuterie board ($20) at this Harbord Village spot showcases a rotating array of house-cured meats, terrines and pates, served with complementary seasonal compotes and condiments, crostini and a panko-crusted deep fried egg. Look forward to meaty delights like prosciutto, mortadella, coppa, chicken liver mousse and pig head terrine. More »

Czehoski

Czehoski

This popular Queen St. eatery is a laid-back spot to enjoy a bevvy with friends while picking over the European board ($22). Expect to find a selection of sausages and cured meats artfully accompanied by toasted walnuts, cheeses, rustic slabs of bread, mustards, house preserves and compotes. More »

Union

Union

This Ossington spot sources the goods for its charcuterie and cheese boards ($22) from its sister butcher shop, which cures them in-house. Expect the selection to include a spread of cured pork shaved ultra-thin, sausage, salami, county terrine and all the classic accompaniments like mustards, pickles and crostini. More »

Cava

Cava

Spacializing in Spanish small plates, this Midtown tapas bar no longer lists a charcuterie board on its menu, though there's still plenty of opportunity to enjoy hand-shaved jamon serrano ($16.50) and iberico ($30) or chicken liver and foie gras mousse ($12). Skip the menu entirely and let the kitchen cook as it likes - maybe some house-made orange fennel salami or breseola will find its way to the table anyway. More »

Discussion

33 Comments

TJ / July 25, 2014 at 01:12 pm
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I will say that while I love the food that is often on charcuterie plates, it is simply plating it from the fridge and takes no cooking or much prep time at all. I don't agree the markup should be 75-300% on food that I can usually (not always) buy in a grocery store or St. Lawrence Market. To each their own.
ThisonesforyouBort / July 25, 2014 at 01:18 pm
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WHAT ABOUT THREE SPEED! PICKLES, MEAT, AND CHEESE! BALDERDASH!
EK / July 25, 2014 at 01:25 pm
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I would also add Cafe Belong at the Brickworks.
PJT / July 25, 2014 at 01:35 pm
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not sure how Buca is no on this list......
sylvia / July 25, 2014 at 02:39 pm
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I loike a good ploughman's lunch, I do but I am rarely impressed by the elevated charcuterie plates here in Toronto. I've tried a number of them and frankly often feel a little ripped off. Mind you The Hoof is pretty damn good.
Jort / July 25, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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Cafe Belong in the Evergreen Brickworks has the best Charcuterie I've ever tasted.
Mario / July 25, 2014 at 02:43 pm
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3 speed sucks!
Ref / July 25, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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Hey idiots this list is BOGUS. you left out ______!!! they have the best ________.
Conspiracy / July 25, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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Guys (and girls), lets just agree that blogto produces the most definitive lists in the city,and if anyone disagrees they clearly are not hip enough, or west endy enough.

I am tired of all these people who dont come from south of Bloor and west of Yonge coming here and saying, "oh why didn't you include my favorite place ____?" GARBAGE.

I'm done, folks, just done. I can't take all this negativity!
conspiraNERD replying to a comment from Conspiracy / July 25, 2014 at 03:52 pm
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GOOD get out of the house that we built. you never once paid for drugs anyways
sw / July 25, 2014 at 04:33 pm
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I'm about to go all blogTO commenter on you guys...

Frank's Kitchen is SO missing from this list!! My mom and I love to order charcuterie plates when we dine out, and this one blew us away. Also, as a side note, anything that includes foie gras will blow me away... But this platter was seriously good!!

I also agree with an above commenter - Buca's charcuterie is the bomb dot com.
West Ender replying to a comment from Conspiracy / July 25, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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Not to mention, these lists are voted on by READERS. If your favourite place didn't make the list, it's because not enough people voted on it.
Jane / July 25, 2014 at 05:18 pm
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#10 my apartment
Brandon / July 26, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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Cava is overrated and overpriced
sylvia replying to a comment from Brandon / July 26, 2014 at 06:39 pm
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Cava in fact is one of the best restaurant achievements in the city where one can enjoy a fantastic, refined yet unpretentious dining experience. The menu has been cultivated with intelligence and respect. I would like them to add a rotation of experimental pintxo though - unique bites of heaven.
Brent / July 28, 2014 at 09:27 pm
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Suppose La Palette has been around too long to warrant a mention on the list...

Definitely agree with Black Hoof at #1, though.
Anita R replying to a comment from sylvia / July 29, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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I also love Cava. I don't believe it is overrated or overpriced. It is a beautiful experience. I would have loved to see Das Gasthaus on this list.
John / August 11, 2014 at 09:21 am
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Nota Bene had one of the worst boards I've ever seen. Sparce and underwhelmingly average. There is absolutely nothing intereting to make this board worth a mention. Let alone, a recommendation.

Poor choice.
cheeseless / August 12, 2014 at 09:55 pm
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very unimpressed with Czehoski's. no cheese and no one described the meats .
Fred / September 3, 2014 at 06:33 pm
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Wow. Toronto. You've gone all snotty on me!
Nick / September 3, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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I'd add Farmhouse's to that list.
Shut up replying to a comment from Ref / September 3, 2014 at 06:49 pm
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I like and look forward to ppl who comment what they think was overlooked on the list. There are some lists where that sort of discussion is as good or better than the list itself for pointing readers to the best places (e.g the best Korean list).

If you don't like reading those type of comments gtfo cuz im tired of reading yours go away.

Liz / September 3, 2014 at 06:52 pm
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Why isn't Monk's Kettle on this list or on the best beer list? Is it bc it's technically in Etobicoke?
Dallas / September 3, 2014 at 07:14 pm
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I think neglecting 3Speed's kitchen plate--great quality and unrivaled value at $11 or something like that--was an oversight
Frances / September 3, 2014 at 08:27 pm
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Why do people their hair in a knot over this? Go to the market; buy what you like; come home; grab a board or plate and away you go! Easy!
ugh / September 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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the photo for the harbord room board isn't correct; that is THR&Co;s, and I think a special at that.
Shannon Marshall / September 4, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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Astounding that Cafe Boulud/d|bar is not on this list. The only restaurant to host a weekly charcuterie night.
grace / September 4, 2014 at 03:00 pm
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You missed the east side: Cafe Fiorentina (Danforth/Broadview).
Charcuterie boards / September 6, 2014 at 01:50 pm
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we do sell a great collection of both organic and rectangle shaped charcuterie boards
Rando Calrissian / September 7, 2014 at 07:56 pm
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I have to recommend The Roncy Public! Went there recently, great Charcuterie!! www.theroncypublic.com
Andy Stewart / September 12, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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Aria Ristorante is amazing for Italian charcuterie
Philip / September 18, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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charcuterieboards.com is the best place to find quality charcuterie boards at an affordable price.
Daina / September 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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Das Gasthaus also has a great board! In-house pickling with local meats and cheeses.

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