Every winter, Toronto plays host to Winterlicious, a renowned food festival featuring culinary events and delicious three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at over 200 of the city’s top restaurants. The annual event will run from January 26 to February 8 this year and I would suggest making reservations ASAP.
Here are 6 Winterlicious restaurants you have to try this time around.
$33 Lunch | $55 Dinner
Sitting high atop the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, Canoe is one of Toronto’s most celebrated restaurants. With breathtaking views of the city, dishes inspired by our country’s landscape and culture, and an extensive, well-curated wine list, Winterlicious is the perfect time to dine at Canoe. Available on the lunch menu are dishes like Alberta beef short rib and root cellar vegetable lasagna, and for dinner, you can choose from plates such as braised tamarack pork or Atlantic halibut.
$33 Lunch | $53 Dinner
At Leña, Chef Anthony Walsh pays homage to his Argentinian mother-in-law to draw culinary inspiration and passionate food philosophy, embodied in his cuisine. Rooted in tradition, Leña’s menu is authentically South American with Spanish and Italian influences. Choose from apps like cured sardine toast and arugula & radicchio salad, and mains like albacore tuna and pork & guajillo meatballs. The entire Winterlicious menu was crafted by executive chef Julie Marteleira and was made to be enjoyed among friends.
$23 Lunch | $33 Dinner
Situated in the centre of Toronto’s Chinatown, R&D offers Canadian-Asian dishes with their own unique flare. The whole place is pulsing with good vibes, featuring graffiti walls, funky lighting and 90’s R&B tunes. Try their egg drop soup or chicken wings to start and choose from mains such as the sweet and sour pork loin or tom yum salmon belly. Finish off with the upside down mandarin cake or yuzu meringue tart, and leave completely satisfied.
With a menu that celebrates Toronto’s cultural diversity, People’s Eatery offers distinctly unique dishes that are easy to share and absolutely mouth-watering. For Winterlicious, join them for dinner and have your pick of general tso-fu, butter lamb croquettes or Moroccan roasted cauliflower to start, and Thai vegetable curry, sea bass or Jamaican braised beef for your main.
If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal in a modern saloon, make your way to Weslodge on King West. Both rugged and refined, the cuisine explores North America fare with an international twist. Feast on roasted mushrooms with braised spinach and truffle gravy or roasted ling cod with cauliflower and almonds. And don’t forget to order one of their expertly mixed cocktails featuring house-made ingredients.
$28 Lunch | $43 Dinner
Located in the heart of Toronto’s distillery district, Cluny is known and loved for its delicious French cuisine and exquisite décor. Enjoy a prix fixe lunch or dinner amid the bright, airy space and indulge your taste buds with French classics mixed with Asian Moroccan influences. Choose from options like the croquet monsieur or steak frites at lunch, and bourguignon braised beef short ribs or twice baked cheese soufflé for dinner.
What restaurants are you going to try during Winterlicious? Share with us in the comments!
Featured image: Instagram/ @canoerestaurant
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