This upscale French-Canadian eatery in the posh Yorkville area draws crowds for the usual reasons – great food, service and ambiance. But you might get a bonus chance to catch a glimpse of celebs like Mick Jagger, Charles Bronson and Sylvester Stallone. Included under the same roof is the bistro, with live jazz. Dishes range from Butter Poached Monkfish Fillet and Roasted Normandie Duck Breast to Veal Sweetbread Medallions. The wine list features more than 100 selections.
A breakfast at Lady Marmalade will be one of the highlights of your day. Originally opened in Victoria, this restaurant has since expanded to serve the Toronto crowds with a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast, that consists of one of the best eggs Benedict that you might have had, in addition to other accompaniments such as porridge, fresh fruit parfait and poached egg BLTs. Their menu certainly has Mexican influences, as it includes huevos rancheritos, Madre Tierra sandwich, Mexican meatballs soup and a lot more.
Called Toronto's 'Literary Bistro' for its readings and sponsorship of the Festival literature prize, this bar brings a taste of Paris to downtown Toronto. It also serves as a venue for the annual International Jazz Fest. The culinary side of the equation is not forgotten, however. The bistro features exquisite cuisine and a wine list with more than 550 selections that has won the 'Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence'. Chef Paul Biggs offers classical French cuisine with dishes such as a Tarte Niçoise with Goat Cheese appetizer and a crispy Confit de Canard main course.
Redesigned in the mid 1940s, this diner, part of the complex including the Savoy Lounge, has been serving generation after generation of dedicated customers. While pouring maple syrup on a pile of pancakes hot off the griddle or sipping a thick-beyond-belief chocolate milkshake, you will realize that this classic spot, close to the Eaton Centre, Canon Theater and City Hall, has become a Toronto landmark. They have separate timings for their lunch & dinner services, also they have a take away facility.
Located in Rosedale on Yonge street north of Davenport, this diner has remained a neighborhood favourite for 20 years. The secret is an eclectic menu, generous portions, and cheerful service that attracts locals and out-of-towners. The menu ranges from genuine Israeli to Cal-Ital. Starters include Calamari Piccante with lemon and caper aioli, while dinner main courses are headed by a renowned Grilled Certified Angus Striploin. Brunch, served on weekends, is a house specialty. Six wines by the glass include a 1997 Tortoise Creek Syrah. See website for more.
Baretto Caffe is a lovely cafe serving a wide range of coffee, tea and other beverages along with a delicious Italian food menu. Specializing in customized lattes and cappucinos, the quirky designs of every coffee are worthy of admiration. Treat yourself to some delicious pizzas, pasta and paninis, filled with authentic Italian flavor. A must-visit, the place is lovely for a cozy coffee time.
The Pilot Tavern, located in central Toronto specializes in contemporary food. Apart from being known for the delicious food served here, The Pilot Tavern is also known for the cozy atmosphere that envelopes this place. One more reason why this place is flocked on a regular basis is the number of events that take place here. Live concerts, social meet ups and corporate events take place in The Pilot Tavern on a regular basis. Check website for details.
Here, you can try a coffee or one of their teas - breakfast Americana, Darjeeling, vanilla bean, orange jasmine, rain forest mint, earl gold, ginger twist, chamomile citrus, American nector or mint. Soup, sandwiches, bagels and salads are also on the menu. The cafe is open from noon to 8 pm. After 8 pm, it turns into the El Mocambo Lounge where musicians and DJs perform to a large crowd.
Located in Kensington, Poetry Jazz Cafe is more than a quintessential jazz bar. On offer are signature cocktails and wine enjoyed to the occasional live jazz, soul, spoken word and poetry events. Owner Sean Pascalle encourages performances by young and upcoming jazz musicians with an experimental flair on the genre. Quite contrasting is the decor of vintage elements, graffiti and old-world charm. Their secluded back patio is a popular gathering place among regulars.