Just back from a whirlwind tasting trip to Toronto !
Started one day at Mitzi’s for a healthy & welcoming breakfast – be sure to try their freshly squeezed juice blends. The breakfast special that day had 2 gluten-free breads to choose from – a rye bread and an incredible olive oil bread. Wow, the home fries were spectacular.
Lunches were full of wonderful tastes.
Stopped at Holt’s Café for one of their special “Les Tartines” treats – a classic French open-faced sandwich. I chose the selection with poached eggs, smoked salmon, wild mushrooms & oven-roasted tomatoes. This lunch treat is so special, as it is served on Poilane Bread that is shipped from France.
I wanted to try the whole menu at Frank, the perfect restaurant in the AGO but I am so glad that I had the grilled octopus salad with a smoked paprika marinade & served with a warm chickpea salad, merguez sausage, pequito peppers & baby spinach. I wish I had the chance to stop in another day.
Toronto has seen the opening of many poutine stores so I had a poutine tasting one day at Smoke’s Poutinerie!
The sign outside was advertising the Thanksgiving Special “ Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Baby Green Peas, & Cranberry Sauce” Yes, all on poutine !! I opted for their best seller, the Traditional with hand-cut fries, fabulous gravy & Quebec cheese curds. I also tried the Bacon Cheeseburger Poutine with ground beef, double-smoked bacon & cheese sauce = yum! But the best of this tasting was the Pulled Pork Poutine with chipotle pulled pork — outstanding !!
My best dinner in Toronto was at Ici Bistro where Chef JP Challet creates magic in the kitchen each night. Ici was just voted one of the Top 10 New Restaurants in Canada by Enroute Magazine. From the first glass of cold champagne, to the salty taste of a fresh oyster, to the deconstructed lobster thermidor to the trio of lemon desserts & finally the handmade chocolate from Chef Challet – this meal was perfect !! Yes, it was so wonderful I returned a couple of nights later !!
Toronto has a lot to offer the culinary traveler – these are just a few tastes to share. If you are looking for some other culinary highlights, check back to my blog often and ‘follow my fork’ !!
Taste! Taste! Taste!