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The Best Charcuterie Plates in Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / 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

15 Comments

Bort / July 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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Really looking forward to the angry mentions about subjective omissions.
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......
Bort replying to a comment from PJT / July 25, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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Sounds like you're just going to have to deal with that confusion on your own. Hopefully one day you'll be able to move forward in your life.
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

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