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The Best Tasting Menus in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 27, 2013

tasting menus TorontoThe best tasting menus in Toronto are offered at restaurants eager to please diners and/or to experiment on an adventurous and trusting audience. For diners it's a decision-free way to eat that relinquishes control to the kitchen allowing for surprises and delights along the way.

While this list only includes permanent establishments, there are plenty of ongoing tasting menu series as well; notably The Group of 7 Chefs monthly dinners, a weekly vegetarian tasting menu dubbed The Green Glas Affair at Glas Wine Bar and family-style BBQ platters served Sunday nights at Barque Smokehouse. There's also a new east-side dinner series from an outfit called The East End Dinner Club.

Here is a list of the best tasting menus in Toronto.

Momofuku Shoto

Momofuku Shoto

This 3rd floor Momofuku restaurant specializes in tasting menus offered to guests ($150 per person) seated along a counter, surrounding the open kitchen. Diners are served directly by the chefs 10-or-so courses that change frequently but have in the past included a tandoori, lemon and fava lobster dish and a dashi, horseradish and ikura egg dish. More »

Edulis

Edulis

Give the kitchen at Edulis carte blanche and partake in an array of daily dishes and family-style mains. Five courses are offered for $50, or seven for $70 and while it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what can be expected, the focus is always seasonally inspired and typically fish heavy. More »

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

In addition to the 5-course prix-fixe menu offered at Lamesa, the tasting menu ($80) is another way for the uninitiated to be introduced to the diverse flavours of Filipino cuisine. With the ambition of taking diners on an adventure, the 11 plus course menu opens with a number of snack sized plates before moving on to four-or-so mains. Diners are asked to give the kitchen 24 hours notice. More »

Yours Truly

Yours Truly

Put your trust in the kitchen at Yours Truly and be rewarded with a whopping 15 to 20 courses that range from single bites to full plates. While the menu is never constant, a list of ingredients is listed each week on their website and supplies the seasonal inspiration behind the daily offerings. More »

Actinolite

Actinolite

Like the ever changing menu, the Chef Picks ($75) are dictated by freshness, seasonal availability, and whatever else is in its prime at the moment. When ordering, Chef Justin Cournoyer will come out to the table and chat with diners first before tailoring the menu in respect to personal preferences, restrictions and appetite. Want to do multi-dessert courses? No problem! More »

L'Ouvrier

L'Ouvrier

L'Ouvrier offers a 6-course tasting menu that usually includes a progression of small bites, apps, a main and dessert. Quite reasonably, the price tag is only $50 a head with the option to add wine pairings for $40 per guest. More »

Cava

Cava

Alongside a la carte options, the menu at Cava proudly reads “Just let us cook for you”. It’s dubbed the “trust me menu” and ranges in price from $50 to $70 a head. Parties of two can expect 5-9 plates, while parties of four can expect double. The plates are served tapas style and are customized in respect to appetite and diner requests. Walk-ins are welcome. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Sadie / April 27, 2013 at 01:04 pm
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Acadia has an incredible tasting menu. It was one of the best meals I've had in the city! Highly recommend it, especially with the wine pairing.
Steph / April 27, 2013 at 01:06 pm
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Loved the daily tasting menu at Yours Truly. The carte blanche at $100 was good but not mind blowing like I expected. Anybody been with the new chef at the helm yet?
veronica / April 27, 2013 at 07:33 pm
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The 5 course tasting menu is a nice lower priced alternative to the 11-course offering. Its still filling and, delicious. I highly recommend it!
your416 / April 27, 2013 at 07:38 pm
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George on Queen is pretty fantastic!
PoopyPants replying to a comment from your416 / April 28, 2013 at 05:16 pm
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The tasting menu at George gave me the runs for two days. Not really my idea of fantastic.
steve replying to a comment from PoopyPants / April 29, 2013 at 07:49 am
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Guess you should stick to McDonalds
Huuk / April 29, 2013 at 09:21 am
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Enoteca Sociale has an incredible tasting menu and private room (cellar?) in the basement. Highly recommended.
Rob / April 29, 2013 at 09:42 am
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Recently had tasting menu at BOSK. Incredible!!!
Diane Labelle / June 4, 2013 at 03:13 pm
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I find it very interesting to see all these details about tasting menus. It is very enjoyable to go in these kind of restaurant and be surprised with the chef's specialty. I tried one in Montreal named "Toqué!" and I was amazed. Another thing very important to me is also the presentation. The ambiance, the plates and the way they present your meal to you count on how I will appreciate what i will taste. Thank you for this review.
Tam / December 13, 2013 at 03:13 am
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You could certainly see your enthusiasm
in the article you write. The arena hopes for more passionate
writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
All the time go after your heart.
Mike / February 21, 2014 at 10:17 am
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the tasting menu at Chantecler is not $45-$55 are u guys retarded? it was $85 and not worth it
TJ / March 9, 2014 at 07:19 pm
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Glas Wine Bar in Leslieville has a great one. Not overpriced either.
TK / March 19, 2014 at 11:25 am
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I loved Yours Truly the first time I went...went back for the Carte Blanche and was very disappointed. The majority of the 20 'courses' were complete misses. I get that some 'courses' are 'bites' but getting 98% of the meal as 'bite' portions seemed like a complete rip off. With that said...their regular 5 course menu was one of the greatest meals I've had.

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