Highlights from Toronto Life’s eighth annual Best Restaurants event

Highlights from Toronto Life’s eighth annual Best Restaurants event

Here’s what went down at the sold-out celebration of the city’s culinary scene

To celebrate the launch of Toronto Life’s highly anticipated Best New Restaurants of 2024 issue, the eighth annual Best Restaurants event—presented by Uber Eats—was held on Monday night at the Evergreen Brick Works. The sold-out evening brought together over 20 of the city’s most innovative restaurants and more than 1,000 dedicated foodies.

Bar Prima’s scallops Rockefeller, Conejo Negro’s tuna-and-shrimp ceviche and Contrada’s ricotta gnocchi were just a few of the bites on offer. Paired with the food menu were signature cocktails from World Class Canada and non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip; wine from Campo Viejo and Stoneleigh; sparkling wine from Lively Bunch and Rosie; local beer from Steam Whistle and Beau’s. Guests danced the night away to live music, stayed hydrated with Flow Water and went home with full stomachs.

Here’s a look at the all-you-can-eat food menu:

Aera: Sidestripe shrimp and cured brisket, hot mustard, sea buckthorn, nori and crispy rice
And/Ore: Devilled egg, mushroom with celery root foam, oolong-and-blood-peach macaron
Bar Goa: Berry chaat and crab pani puri
Bar Prima: Scallops Rockefeller with béchamel, prosciutto and gremolata
Conejo Negro: Tuna-and-shrimp ceviche with citrus, mango, avocado and chili
Contrada: Ricotta gnocchi
DaNico: Anatra all’arancia and bosco delle fragole
Daphne: Calamari and ibérico lardo skewers with shiso chimichurri and olive oil; pastrami-style Wagyu skewers with lime, smoked potato and wild ramp
Fish and Loaf: Golden oyster (Chinese-style dried oysters) cooked with beef slices in a sweet-and-savoury soy sauce; microgreen-and-edible-flower salad with cream dressing
MSSM: Atlantic salmon and bluefin tuna marinated in a special soy sauce
The Old York Tavern: Chicken liver mousse and apple butter on Pullman Toast
Porzia’s: Canestri with spicy rosé sauce and parmigiano-reggiano
The Rosebud: Lobster-and-scallop lumache in a rosé sauce with espelette, chive and sourdough crumbs
Savor Thai: Massaman neua and ka nom pang ai tim ma muang
St. Thomas: Spicy tuna tataki
Good Behaviour: Milk and honey ice cream and blood orange sorbet
Curryish Tavern: Gunpowder chicken and rice idiyappam; South Indian–style pork curry with a steamed rice flour nest
Yokai Izakaya: Hamachi ceviche, citrus ponzu, serrano pepper, grapefruit oroshi, scallion and red onion
Miss Likklemore’s: Confit duck patty and Guyanese curry with fermented mango, citrus mojo verde and pickled okra
Phamilyeats: Chicken, beef and vegan patties and banh pâté so
Simpl Things: Chicken parm croquette, handmade cavatelli and curry fish balls

See what went down at the event below.