Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to preview one of the most anticipated food events of the summer, Taste of Toronto! The #TasteSafari preview of Taste of Toronto took 15 media guests to 6 different participating restaurants: THR & Co., Splendido, Rasa, Montecito, The Drake One Fifty and America Restaurant. Each restaurant offered up a cocktail and food sampling of what they will be serving at Taste of Toronto from July 2-5, 2015.

Some of my favourite dishes from the preview of Taste of Toronto include THR & Co.’s tuna, The Drake One Fifty’s crispy clams and Montecito’s meatball. Feast your eyes on some of the delicious dishes I got to try below, but be prepared for some major food cravings and keep scrolling through to the bottom of the page for an exclusive discount on Taste of Toronto tickets!

THR & Co.

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The Dish: Sashimi Grade Albacore Tuna Kinilaw made with coconut, lime, sweet & hot pepper, cilantro & cassava preview of taste of toronto

The Drink: A concoction of gin, cocci americano, lemon & thyme called Oliver Sacks

Splendido

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The Dish: Bacon and smoked scallop popcorn + salmon sashimi, Korean fried daikon and tamari emulsion

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The Drink: An apple spritz

 

Rasa by The Food Dudes

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The Dish: Truffle Gnudi (mushrooms, portobello soil, pickled shimenji & walnut pesto) + Veg Slate (squash, broccoli, sunchokes, cauliflower baba ganoush & beet chips)

The Drink: Viola, a butterfly pea flower infused gin, prosecco hibiscus water, lemon

 

Monteceto

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*Note: This restaurant is co-owned by Ivan Reitman – the creative force behind films like Ghostbusters and Animal House. The original Ghostbusters script is on display in the upper level of the restaurant! 

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The Dish: Polenta with meatballs and tomato sugo + a drool-worthy kale salad (not pictured)

The Drink: Montecito’s take on the cosmo, the Cosmocito (Ketel One Vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry sauce, lime, bitters)

 

The Drake One Fifty

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The Dish: Lamb ribs with charred onion sour cream + Crispy clams, spicy tartar sauce & old bay seasoning

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The Drink: Beets by Drake – a unique & refreshing cocktail made with beet juice

 

America Restaurant

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The Dish: Ahi tuna poke + Roasted scallop jambalaya

The Drink: A delicious mixture of pineapple, macadamia nuts, coffee and coconut (not pictured)

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