Here’s what went down at Toronto Life’s annual Best New Restaurants event last night

Here’s what went down at Toronto Life’s annual Best New Restaurants event last night

Over 1,000 guests packed the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts last night for a feast that only happens once a year.

To celebrate Toronto Life’s annual Where to Eat Now issue, an all-star lineup of chefs from 17 of Toronto’s top kitchens served some of their signature dishes. The menu read like a foodie fantasy: brisket from Adamson Barbecue, grilled octopus from Doma and truffle-packed cavatelli from Piano Piano, among many other standouts, all of which were paired with beers from Beau’s. Guests also enjoyed a selection of Ontario wines, signature cocktails featuring Crystal Head vodka and non-alcoholic beverages from Coca-Cola. Seacore Seafood served up a seafood raw bar, and Longo’s made sure every attendee was sated with a charcuterie bar, hand-piped cannoli for dessert and chocolate mousse cups as a parting gift. Fine Grinds Coffee kept everyone caffeinated and warm on the brisk first night of spring. A portion of the evening’s proceeds were donated to Community Food Centres Canada.

Here’s the full list of dishes from our participating restaurants:

• Adamson Barbecue: Brisket Canapé
Ardo Restaurant: Funghi Gnocchi
Bar Begonia: Steak Tartare on Gaufrette
Baro: Tiradito de Atún
Canis: Duck Liver Parfait
Doma: Honey-Glazed Grilled Octopus with Korean Slaw
Jackpot Chicken Rice: Dr. Pepper Glazed Tamshire Pork Belly Char Siu
Lasa By Lamesa: Pork Adobo
Leña: Gaucho Empanadas
Los Colibris: Tortita de Cochinita Pork
Maple Leaf Tavern: Reuben Sausage with Russian Dressing
MeNami: Potato Cream Curry Udon
Miku: Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi and Aburi Maguro Sashimi
Noorden: Patatje Oorlog “War Fries”
Piano Piano: Mushroom Cavatelli
Superpoint: Classic Meatballs
Tich: Butternut Squash Masala with Peas and Rice

See some of the night’s best moments with #TLBestRestaurants on Instagram, and check out photos from the event in the gallery below.

Gabby Frank