Where celebrities ate in Toronto last week
Last weekend’s NBA All-Star games brought serious star power to the city. Whether they were hanging court-side or just passing through, some pretty big names (Usher, Olivia Wilde, Dave Chappelle) flitted between high-profile events, flashy parties and some of the 6’s top restaurants.
Where he ate: Fring’s, for Valentine’s Day dinner with his wife.
What he ordered: The Valentine’s Day prix fixe, which included heart-shaped tuna tartare over salmon rillette and avocado, served with corn-sesame tuiles.
Where he ate: Patria, for dinner with his wife. What he ordered: Seafood paella made with shrimp, bay scallops, monkfish, cuttlefish, mussels (he ordered extra) and snap peas.
Tonight’s tapas recommendation: Bacon wrapped dates with manchego cheese. They’re a perfect mix of sweet and savoury. A photo posted by Patria (@patriato) on
Where she ate: Pizza Libretto’s King West location.
What she ordered: Mama’s Hot Pepper Pizza, which is one of the restaurant’s secret menu items made with tomato sauce and topped with basil, mozzarella, house-made sausage and “mama’s hot peppers” (made using a recipe from chef Rocco Agostino’s mother).
Where he ate: Patois. What he ordered: The stir-fried Prosperity Lobster with jerk butter; and kimchi potstickers topped with bacon, caramelized onions, scallions and kimchi-flavoured sour cream.
Where she ate: Café Boulud, for a brunch with Anderson Markus.
What she ordered: Eggs florentine with a side of frites.
Where he ate: Cactus Club Café, for a “basketball and business” lunch and learn. What he ordered: A set menu that included the Hunter Chicken: a grilled chicken breast topped with shiitake, portabello, button and crimini mushroom demi-glace, and served on green beans and roasted potatoes.
Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul
Where they ate: Parcae, for Bryant’s farewell dinner hosted by the NBA All-Star Gentleman’s Club.
What he ordered: A set menu including whole grilled branzino and fried chicken, both served with herb-roasted potatoes.