Summerlicious

July 8 to 24, 2016 at 220 restaurants across Toronto. Visit the official website: Toronto.ca. ShareThis

10 Top Toronto Restaurants to Try for Summerlicious 2016

Summertime in Toronto means festivals, sun-drenched patios and events to suit every style. For locals and visitors from near and far, summer in the city also means that Toronto’s tastiest tradition is just around the corner – Summerlicious!

This year, 24 new participants will be added to the mix, and while the restaurant list is long (more than 220 strong!) the event is short. So if you’re itching to start making reservations, but aren’t sure where to begin your summer culinary cruise, start here.

From classic Italian to cozy Canadian to Asian fusion and everything in between, savour the flavours of summer 2016 with our top picks for this year’s Summerlicious.

  1. Lee

    No ‘licious menu – whether summer or winter – is complete without the daring, delectable culinary creations of superchef Susur Lee. This namesake stylish eatery, described as a veritable “Bento box of sensory pleasures,” will be serving up a Summerlicious menu that merges East with West, land with sea.

    Our pick: The Thailandaise Veal Pot Pie, with spicy Thai sausage, creamy polenta and spinach
    Location: 601 King Street West
    Summerlicious Menu: $48 Dinner
    Website: Susur.com

  2. Café Boulud

    Tucked inside the Yorkville Four Seasons is celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s modern take on the traditional French brasserie. Chef Boulud and his talented team bring their sophisticated-yet-trendy dining experience to the Summerlicious menu, offering both lunch and dinner options, inspired by international cuisine but anchored with the flavours of Chef Boulud’s French roots.

    Our Pick: The Galette de Sarrasin; a buckwheat crepe with spinach, swiss cheese, farm egg & arugula salad
    Location: Four Seasons Hotel | 60 Yorkville Avenue
    Summerlicious Menu: $28 Lunch | $48 Dinner
    Website: CafeBoulud.com

  3. Bannock

    Oliver & Bonacini’s casual resto in the heart of the Financial District is the epitome of Canadian comfort food. Boasting a creative menu that serves up cultural favourites – like the namesake bannocks (flatbreads), unparalleled poutine and succulent Nova Scotia salmon – Bannock brings a distinctly Canadian flavour to this year’s Summerlicious offering.

    Our Pick: The Northern Woods Mushroom & Thunder Oak Gouda Bannock Pizza, with mushroom bolognese béchamel, fried duck egg & rocket greens
    Location: 401 Bay Street
    Summerlicious Menu: $18 Lunch | $28 Dinner
    Website: BannockRestaurant.com

  4. The Fifth Grill & Terrace

    With patio season in full swing, there’s no better time to add The Fifth Grill and Terrace to your Summerlicious to-do list! Get sun-soaked this summer at the Fifth’s elegant rooftop oasis and indulge in its French-inspired steakhouse menu while soaking up the Toronto skyline.

    Our Pick: The 6 oz Filet of Beef Tenderloin with potato pancake, summer greens & sauce béarnaise
    Location: 225 Richmond Street West
    Summerlicious Menu: $48 Dinner
    Website: TheFifth.com

  5. Tabülè

    If you fancy some Middle Eastern fare this Summerlicious, make your way to midtown Toronto and step into a world of flavour at Tabülè. From the inviting ambiance to the exotic décor to the sophisticated-yet-comforting take on classic Middle Eastern flavours, Tabülè is the perfect addition to any foodie’s Summerlicious 2016 experience.

    Our Pick: The Kefta Kebab – a juicy skewer of Middle Eastern spiced mixed ground lamb and beef
    Location: 2009 Yonge Street
    Summerlicious Menu: $18 Lunch | $28 Dinner
    Website: Tabule.ca

  6. Tutti Matti

    If you’re looking for first-class Italian cuisine on this year’s Summerlicious offering, look no further than Tutti Matti. Simply put, this authentic Tuscan resto is Italian cuisine as it should be – and although the name translates to “everybody’s crazy,” its rustic menu offerings are right on point.

    Our Pick: Niagara peach semifreddo, for taste of Ontario

    Location: 364 Adelaide Street West
    Summerlicious Menu: $23 Lunch | $38 Dinner
    Website: TuttiMatti.com

  7. Parts & Labour

    Boasting DJs on the basement level and an auto-themed restaurant/bar at street level, this hip hangout on Queen Street West is a must-try. For this year’s Summerlicious menu, chef Matty Matheson and his talented team serve up their token creative takes on Canadian and French cuisine.

    Our Pick: The Cornish Hen with Arkansas white sauce, grilled cabbage and hen broth
    Location: 1566 Queen Street West
    Summerlicious Menu: $38 Dinner
    Website: PartsAndLabour.ca

  8. Bymark

    Canadian celebrity chef Mark McEwan serves up creative continental culinary creations at his stylish Financial District hotspot. Make your way to the swank patio and soak up the summer sun while grazing on contemporary fare and sipping on fine wine.

    Our Pick: The Duck Confit Pappardelle, with Northwood Farms mushrooms, caramelized onion, patty pan squash, asparagus and truffle mousse
    Location: 66 Wellington Street West, TD Tower Concourse Level
    Summerlicious Menu: $28 Lunch | $48 Dinner
    Website: Bymark.McEwanGroup.ca

  9. The Chase Fish & Oyster

    Seafood lover’s rejoice! There’s no better spot to savour the most succulent seafood the city has to offer. Born from a “love for the Maritimes, social dining and all things seafood,” this casual Canadian eatery’s Summerlicious offering is nothing short of delectable.

    Our pick: The Crispy Oysters with sesame tartar and spicy cabbage cocktail sauce
    Location: 10 Temperance Street
    Summerlicious Menu: $23 Lunch | $38 Dinner
    Website: TheChaseFO.com

  10. Momofuku Noodle Bar

    David Chang’s hip Entertainment District resto is a veritable noodle-fan’s paradise. Located on the ground floor of Momofuku Toronto, this hotspot serves up (arguably) the best ramen in the city, as patrons sit at long communal tables in a casual-yet-refined atmosphere.

    Our Pick: The Ginger Scallion Noodle Bowl with shiitake, cucumber and cabbage
    Location: 190 University Avenue
    Summerlicious Menu: $18 Lunch | $28 Dinner
    Website: Momofuku.com

Are your taste buds tantalized? Remember: reservations start June 23, so go ahead and start planning your savoury summertime sojourn in Toronto today!

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