The Best Tasting Menus in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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 »
The tasting menu ($45-$55 per diner) at Chantecler is only offered on Friday and Saturday nights and must be booked almost two months in advance. Those lucky enough to snag a reservation can expect to be treated to 9+ courses showcasing rounds of snacks, lettuce wraps and all sorts of Hong Kong-inspired specialties. Organic wine pairings are also available for an additional $45 per person. More »
Beast offers two kinds of tasting menus. The first is a family-style format that features 12 platters served over three courses ($45 per person) that tries to highlight select dishes on the regular menu. The second option is a ‘whole animal dinner’ (starting at $80 per person, depending on the beast chosen in advance). This option features six courses, each utilizing a different part of the animal, or in the case of dessert, sometime features a reinterpretation of the animal’s natural diet. More »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »