Here are some of Toronto's best restaurants totally ignored by the Michelin Guide
The Michelin Guide just came out with their list of recommended restaurants in Toronto, and some people feel like some of the best have been totally ignored.
Some people think that Michelin's "recommended" Toronto restaurants deserve a star or at least a Bib Gourmand distinction for great affordable cuisine, and other people think there are some deserving places that were left off entirely.
Overall, many people out there are of the opinion that this list of 74 picks overall, with 13 places awarded stars, is not really reflective of Toronto's food scene. People have been commenting that the picks largely lean European and Asian, and are primarily located downtown with several picks located in Yorkville.
One person pondered what was the most glaring exclusion from a list of favourites: Richmond Station, DaiLo, The Chase, Auberge du Pommier, Beach Hill Smokehouse, Famiglia Baldassare, Parallel or Descendant. All have made local lists for great cuisine, and some were definitely considered to be potential contenders by people in the industry.
Based on what is on the full Michelin Toronto list of recommended/starred/bibbed restos, what's the most egregious exclusion? Richmond Station? Dailo? The Chase? Auberge du Pommier? Beach Hill Smokehouse? Famiglia Baldassare? Parallel? Descendent? https://t.co/22YNu8EzTe— Ken Hunt (@KenHunt) September 14, 2022
A thread asking what people's "personal Michelin star Toronto restaurants" would be has racked up lots of replies.
what are people's like personal michelin star toronto restaurants??— vampire workday (@imbobswaget) September 14, 2022
Someone mentioned La Palma as a great Italian restaurant left off the list.
La Palma is my go to for any fancy or big celebratory dinner— H.G. Watson (@HG_Watson) September 14, 2022
Many people are also shouting out their favourite spots where the bill won't mount to hundreds of dollars, but where some of Toronto's best food is undeniably served by popular opinion, like Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, known for their incredible Korean dishes.
The GOAT pic.twitter.com/KJLZuU28Ti— Reirei (@dr_rei) September 14, 2022
Bernhardt’s, Chadwick’s on Dupont and The Skyline diner— Margaret O’Toole (@OToole_19) September 14, 2022
Restobar and brunch spot The Federal was also mentioned.
like the ferderal that's just getting 69 michelin starts on my list— vampire workday (@imbobswaget) September 14, 2022
itacate really is that girl... the tongue taco the pambazo the spicy tamarind drink https://t.co/SEtA1wxgzo— vampire workday (@imbobswaget) September 14, 2022
Restaurants that I believe deserved some type of recognition from the Toronto Michelin Guide:— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) September 14, 2022
Maru’s Japanese Bistro
Cabano’s Comfort Food
Khan San Road
Another person thought that it seemed off that local favourite Grey Gardens didn't get any stars though they were recommended.
also no stars for grey gardens is kinda crazy tbh— vampire workday (@imbobswaget) September 14, 2022
We all know we love to keep our faves secret from the crowds, however, so many people in Toronto still feel the best restaurants are some of the most unassuming.
I never want to eat at a Michelin restaurant in Toronto r u kidding?! The best food is authentic hole in the wall family restaurants from all over the world not five restaurants that serve cacio e pepe or whatever— Sidra (@KashmiriChai32) September 14, 2022
While Michelin isn't a bad place to start, especially if you've got money in the bank, these local and personal recommendations are also great places to check out while you wait for resos to open up at starred spots.
Hector Vasquez at Famiglia Baldassarre
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