Winterlicious 2019 is a great opportunity to discover new restaurants and to revisit favourites. There are close to 200 restaurants across the city participating in this 14-day food fest. Prix Fixe menus include an appetizer, main and dessert. You can check out the menus online ahead of time. If you’ve got a young foodies in your family, we’ve got a few suggestions on where to go! Be sure to book ahead as it’s a very popular time – reservation lines are now open! Here is our Top 10 list of restaurants based on input from our own foodie kids and parents.
AMANO PASTA: Located on the concourse level of Union Station makes this restaurant feel as though you’re embarking on a journey. Serving up delicious house-made pastas and other dishes created by Chef Michael Angeloni, Amano is warm and welcoming as Nonna would expect.
BANGKOK GARDEN: 18 Elm Street. One of only four in the city recognized with the Thai Select Premium designation by the Thai Government for authenticity in Thai cuisine. Stepping in feels like you’re away to the exotic land full of flavourful food and drinks. Customs and traditions run thorough this hidden gem in the city just steps from Yonge and Dundas.
BATCH: Craving pub food but not the sticky floors? Batch is a large restaurant located downtown with burgers, fried pickles, chicken waffles, meatloaf and more. Find the Foosball table downstairs.
CAFE BOULUD: 60 Yorkville Avenue. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Internationally acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud’s only restaurant in city offers dishes that are inspired by his upbringing. Classic French cooking techniques are found at this restaurant. Kids love feeling all grown up here at the dinner table. Great for multi-generational dining.
CLUNY: 35 Tank House Lane, Distillery District. Escape the crowds outside who are taking in the Light Fest in this historical district of the city and find yourself in this modern, casual French bistro restaurant.
DIWAN: 77 Wynford Drive. Aga Khan Museum. Exciting Egyptian and Middle-Eastern fare will excited foodies of all ages who are interested in exploring the country’s vibrant flavours. The luxe feel of the restaurant reflects Syria early 19th century.
LISBON BY NIGHT: 802 Dundas Street West. One of the few restaurants in the city that serves up authentic Portuguese dishes in this long-standing restaurant. House made fish soup, grilled sardines and Bacalhau à Braz (house made cod fish, potato, scramble) are definitely worth trying. Service is warm and friendly. Live entertainment on weekends.
ONE RESTAURANT: 116 Yorkville Avenue. Celebrated Chef Mark McEwan’s restaurant is popular for many reasons. This contemporary North American restaurant serves up delicious dishes that are equally visually stunning. Clean up the kids and enjoy something special here. Keep eyes open for possible celebrity sightings.
PARCHEGGIO: Bayview Village Shopping Centre. Located as a free-standing restaurant in the mall’s parking lot, Parcheggio is about simple and delicious Italian cooking. Chef Andrew Piccin’s family recipes influence dishes include daily house-made pastas, great cuts of meat and seafood.
THE CHEFS’ HOUSE: Budding young chefs at the helm here are from the highly regarded George Brown Culinary program. Gaining first hand experience in a real working kitchen serving to customers is invaluable. The global influenced menu brings their talents to the forefront. A great spot to bring your own little chefs to watch all the action.