Winterlicious 2014: Toronto Life’s 65 best bets for this year’s fest

Winterlicious 2014: Toronto Life’s 65 best bets for this year’s fest

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One question looms large in the minds of food-obsessed Torontonians around this time of year: to Lish or not to Lish? The extravaganza of cut-rate prix-fixe menus has a somewhat checkered past, and it’s true that not all Winterlicious meals are created equal. That’s why we pored over the master restaurant list and picked out the 65 spots around the city that have been tried and tested by Toronto Life reviewers. Restaurants begin taking reservations on Thursday, January 16, and the hottest tables are guaranteed to fill up fastso get those dialling fingers good and primed.

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(Image: Cafe Boulud/Facebook) (Image: Cafe Boulud/Facebook)
 

The downtown quadrant, sandwiched between St. Clair Avenue and College Street, encompasses Yorkville and Harbord Villagetwo neighbourhoods known for their pricey culinary destinations. Splendido took last year’s prize for most sought-after reservation. This year, we suspect that Winterlicious first-timer Café Boulud may well usurp the title.

Byzantium
499 Church St., 416-922-3859
Read our review | See the menu
Dinner: $25

Café Boulud
60 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6000
Read our review | See the menu
Dinner: $45

Chiado
864 College St., 416-538-1910
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Corner House
501 Davenport Rd., 416-923-2604
Read our review | See the menu
Dinner: $35

Crème Brasserie
162 Cumberland St., 416-962-7363
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

John & Sons Oyster House
1 Balmoral Ave., 416-515-0551
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

L’Unita
134 Avenue Rd., 416-964-8686
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Dinner: $35

La Société
131 Bloor St. W., 416-551-9929
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Mideastro Yorkville
27 Yorkville Ave., 416-477-2427
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Dinner: $35

Mistura
265 Davenport Rd., 416-515-0009
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Dinner: $45

Museum Tavern
208 Bloor St., 416-920-0110
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

One
116 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-9600
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Sassafraz
100 Cumberland St., 416-964-2222
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Sorrel
84 Yorkville Ave., 416-926-1010
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Splendido
88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788
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Dinner: $45

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Both Noodle Bar and Daishō are participating in this year’s fest (Image: Momofuku/Facebook) Both Noodle Bar and Daishō are participating in this year’s fest (Image: Momofuku/Facebook)
 

Unsurprisingly, King West and the Financial District are packed with Winterlicious destinations, including historical stand-out Canoe. This year it’s joined by two-thirds of the Momofuku triplex.

Aria
25 York St., 416-363-2742
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Azure
225 Front St. W., 416-597-8142
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Bangkok Garden
18 Elm St., 416-977-6748
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Bannock
401 Bay St., 416-861-6996
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Biagio
155 King St. E., 416-366-4040
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Brassai
461 King St. W., 416-598-4730
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner $45

Bymark
66 Wellington St. W., 417-777-1144
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Canoe
66 Wellington St. W., 416-364-0054
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

O&B Canteen
330 King St. W., 647-288-2710
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner $25

Crush Wine Bar
455 King St. W., 416-977-1234
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Epic
100 Front St., 416-860-6949
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Estiatorio Volos
133 Richmond St., 416-861-1211
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Frank
317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6688
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Lee
601 King St. W., 416-504-7867
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Dinner: $45

Little Anthony’s
121 Richmond St. W., 416-368-2223
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Luma
350 King St. W., 647-288-4715
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Matahari Grill
39 Baldwin St., 416-596-2832
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Momofuku Daishō
190 University Ave., 647-253-8000
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Momofuku Noodle Bar
190 University Ave., 647-253-8000
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Nota Bene
180 Queen St. W., 416-977-6400
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Starfish
100 Adelaide St. E., 416-366-7827
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Stock
325 Bay St., 31st Floor, 416-637-5550
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

The Fifth Grill and Terrace
225 Richmond St., 416-979-3005
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Dinner: $45

Tutti Matti
364 Adelaide St. W., 416-597-8839
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Vertical
100 King St. W., 416-214-2252
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

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(Globe Bistro/Facebook) (Globe Bistro/Facebook)
 

Despite the raft of new restaurants that have colonized Queen East, Riverdale and Leslieville are once again poorly represented on the Winterlicious roster. Two tried-and-true spots on the Danforth stand out among the meagre east-end pickings.

Globe Bistro
124 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2000
Read our review | See the menu
Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Pan on the Danforth
516 Danforth Ave., 416-466-8158
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

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(Image: Karolyne Ellacott) (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
 

The west-end Winterlicious scene has picked up since last year’s fest. Two new entrants that are sure to fill fast: Parts & Labour in Parkdale and Susur Lee’s Bent, known for its impeccable Asian-style ceviches and other pescatarian options.

Bent
777 Dundas St. W., 647-352-0092
Read our review | See the menu
Dinner: $35

The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $30

Grace
503 College St., 416-944-8884
Read our review | See the menu
Dinner: $35

Maialino Enoteca
1688 Queen St. W., 416-551-5251
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Dinner: $25

Merlot
2994 Bloor St. W., 416-236-0081
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Noce
875 Queen St. W., 416-504-3463
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Dinner: $35

Parts & Labour
1566 Queen St. W., 416-588-7750
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Dinner: $35

Quinta
1282 Dundas St. W., 416-534-0407
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Dinner: $25

Southern Accent
595 Markham St., 416-536-3211
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Dinner: $25

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(Auberge du Pommier/Facebook) (Auberge du Pommier/Facebook)
 

The dining options north of St. Clair are usually plentiful, and this year is no exception. Winterlicious newbie Lil’ Baci joins old-school fine-dining spots like Auberge du Pommier and North 44.

Amaya Bread Bar
3305 Yonge St., 416-487-1100
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Amaya: The Indian Room
1701 Bayview Av., 416-322-3270
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Auberge du Pommier
4150 Yonge St., 416-222-2220
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Celestin
623 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9035
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Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Five Doors North
2088 Yonge St., 416-480-6234
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Dinner: $25

Frida
999 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-787-2221
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $25

Il Mulino
1060 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-780-1173
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Dinner: $45

Kamasutra
1522 Bayview Ave., 416-489-4899
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Katsura
900 York Mills Rd., 416-444-2511
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Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Lil’ Baci Yonge
2013 Yonge St., 647-748-6300
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

North 44
2537 Yonge St., 416-487-4897
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Dinner: $45

Pizza e Pazzi
1182 St. Clair W., 647-352-7882
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Lunch: $14 | Dinner: $25

Quince
2110 Yonge St., 416-488-2110
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Tabülé
2009 Yonge St., 416-483-3747
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Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25