I don’t call myself a food critic, but I do love to go out and visit restaurants. I have done this for quite some time now and I love the fact that I base my reviews on my positive experiences with their food and service. When I was in Toronto a few months ago, I decided to scour their restaurants (all thanks to Toronto.com) and I found five of my new favourite restaurants. They have made it to the list because I love their food, their service, and most of all, their innovativeness.
First we have Ursa, located 924 Queen West, At Shaw and can be contacted via their phone number 416-536-8963. The restaurant offers exciting albeit unusual gastronomical experience for their customers. I fell in love with one of their specialities – house-made ricotta with bee pollen, honeycomb and dehydrated grapes on the vine. The weird part about this meal was that it was under dessert and I had my reservations at first, it was just to die for.
Chantecler, located 1320 Queen West, at Brock or call them at 416-628-3586, is owned by a friend of mine and the chef happens to be a distant relative. I made it a point to visit her restaurant when I got to Toronto and she did not disappoint. I ordered the Beef Tartare, Fancy Wings, and the Lettuce Meal on two separate occasions from this restaurant and I must say that their food is just amazing. The price can’t be beat too.
For those wanting to get a taste of Singaporean food, you’re in luck. Hawker Bar chef Alec Martin boasts of an Australian spin on Singaporean street food like Hainanese Chicken and the curry laksa soup. Do not be fooled by how their menu looks. I am not going to tell you, either. If you’re not a fan of chicken, you can opt for the Silken Tofu or Rendang Curry, both fantastic meals. They are located at 1 Richmond West, at Yonge and you can call them at 647-748-1444.
Last but not the least is Hopgood’s Foodliner, owned by former Black Hoofer Geoff Hopgood. The restaurant, according to him, is homage to his East Coast roots. The food is great and the drinks are even greater. I’m not much of a drinker, but when I’m here, I feel like I could order a lot of their special mixes. For the food, it’s awesome and the price is a bit steep but worth it. The Steak Tartare is one of their popular dishes and everyone who’s dying to try Hopgood’s should definitely try this one. They are located at 325 Roncesvalles, at Grenadier and you can call them at 416-533-2723.