winterlicious 2015

20 restaurants to eat at during Winterlicious 2015

Winterlicious 2015 is fast approaching, and while the two-week-long, city-wide prix fixe festival doesn't kick off until January 30, 200 participating restaurants have already released enticing menus. Reservation lines will open tomorrow on Thursday, January 15 - start planning now.

Here's a primer of what to expect from Winterlicious 2015.


Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe lunch menus (priced at $18, $23 or $28) and dinner menus (priced at $25, $35 or $45). Reservations are strongly advised, and can be made directly with each restaurant.


There are 25 first-time participants this year, of which a few are particularly noteworthy. They include the following:

  • Cluny (menu) - Decadent French fare in the Distillery District.
  • Luckee (menu) - Susur Lee's new dim sum palace at the SoHo Met.
  • The Saint Tavern (menu) - A modern take on the classic American tavern.
  • Marben (menu) - Modern Canadian cuisine with a dash of Spanish influence.
  • Hawthorne Food & Drink (menu) - Hearty and heartwarming dishes with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients.


Considering the usual prices and unwavering popularity, these are the places you might want make reservations at - pronto.


Seasoned participants returning this year include these highlights.


Meatless eaters can partake in the prix fixe menu program, too. Here are some of the standout vegetarian/vegan-friendly options.

  • Grasslands (menu) - All-vegan options on Queen West.
  • Banu (menu) - Iranian cusine highlighting veg-friendly fare like nan o paneer or eggplant stew.
  • Osteria dei Ganzi (menu) - Italian fare that'll bring meat-eaters and vegetarians together.
  • Pukka (menu) - Forward-thinking Indian cusine including ample vegetarian options.


Here are some top picks in the most reasonable Winterlicious price range of $18/$25 (for lunch and dinner, respectively).

  • Insomnia (menu) - The Annex restaurant will feature brunch instead of lunch, and comfort foods at dinner.
  • Lil' Baci (menu) - The bustling eatery on Yonge will showcase hearty Italian fare.
  • Momofuku Noodle Bar (menu) - Pork buns and ramen grace this prix fixe menu.
  • Bindia (menu) - The Indian bistro in St. Lawrence Market goes above and beyond the norm with a choice of at least half a dozen mains.
  • Destingo (menu) - Casual Italian dining on Queen.


The Winterlicious Culinary Event Series offers 15 ticketed food experiences designed to educated and indulge. Tickets are already on sale.

  • Speakeasy at the Palais Royale - A roaring twenties-inspired evening featuring champagne cocktails and a four course meal.
  • Celebration of the Black Truffle - Rosewater's Supper Club presents a five course menu featuring the Diamonds of the Perigord.
  • The Tin Chef - A friendly "secret ingredient" cook-off at Mildred's Temple Kitchen between a roster of foodies, none of whom are professional chefs.
  • Street Market - Food stations at Spice Route will recreate the vibrant sights and alluring smells of a South Asian Street night market.

Did I miss any? Leave your Winterlicious picks in the comments.

Photo of Marben by Jesse Milns.

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