Forget the fancy restaurants and crowded bars – for your next date night, try something completely different. Below is a collection of the truly bizarre and eclectic dining experiences Toronto has to offer, from a banquet feast among knights and damsels in distress, to dinner with a sky-high, 360-degree view.
Journey back to the time of King Arthur during this medieval-themed arena show. Members of the audience watch knights compete in feats of strength and skill for the heart of the princess and approval of the king. And don’t worry, the show features plenty of medieval-clad horses, jousting and sword play. While the food is average by most accounts, there's nowhere else in the city you can dine with only your hands and drink copious amounts of ale. Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.
This bar in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood has everything a geek like me could want in a watering hole. Board games, pinball machines and trivia are all available, a perfect accoutrement to sharing plates starting at five bucks. Think of 3030 as an enhanced personal games room, except instead of popping in a DVD and sitting down for a meal alone, you can get social and be entertained at the same time. What more could you ask for? Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.
Like dining in an opulent tent in the middle of the Saharan Desert? Well, this Front Street gem is like an oasis along a Middle Eastern trade route. Lounge among silks, spices and gold as you dine on amazing Moroccan fare that, for the most part, you eat with your hands. And as if its exotic cuisine didn’t distinguish the Sultan’s Tent from other downtown restos, just wait for the fleet of belly dancers to make their entrance. Wheelchair Accessible: No.
Prepare for a full sensory experience – with every sense but your eyes, that is. In an attempt to allow diners to appreciate the full depth of flavour in their meal, they dine in total darkness and must completely trust their actually blind servers to lead them to their table. It's an exercise in trust and an enhancement of flavour that should not be missed. Wheelchair Accessible: No
It may not be Colonel Mustard, in the study, with the candlestick, but Mysteriously Yours will invoke those classic murder mystery vibes into your Friday date night. But in this whodunit, everyone at the dinner party (including you) is a suspect. But no worries if Clue was never really your bag, there’s plenty of other entertaining options – like a murder mystery combined with a superhero adventure. Wheelchair Accessible: No.
Signs aims to bring people together in understanding by allowing them to truly walk a mile in another’s shoes. Here, all servers are deaf and diners are taught and encouraged to sign their order in American Sign Language. It's a grand experiment in inclusiveness and the unique experience is in no way a stand-in for the food, which is excellent. Far from novelty, Signs will give you a level of understanding of deaf culture and disability in general that's hard to get any other way. Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.
The biggest tourism cliché in Toronto is a trip to the CN Tower, but that doesn't mean its revolving restaurant isn't worth a try, especially about 1000 feet in the air. For one, the seasonal menu features some of the most high-end gourmet fare in the city. They serve exquisitely plated dishes like house-smoked Atlantic salmon and Ontario lamb. If you want a taste of Canada in this city, the 360 Restaurant is a great place to start and don't worry, its revolving feature moves slow enough that you can still enjoy every bite with the view. Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.
An Izakaya is an authentic Japanese pub and trust me, it's a loud, boisterous and super-fun experience. Forget “Cheers!” or “L'chaim!” when you raise your glass here, you say, “Kampai!” in the loudest voice possible. But if you’re ready for the volume, you’ll be delighted by the mouthwatering small plates of Japanese tapas that come across your table and disappear with blinding speed. Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.
The Globe and Mail called this place, “One of the most essential places to eat in Ontario, if not in Canada” and it's true. Choose between a seven or four course tasting menu (and optional wine pairing) with innovative Canadian cuisine as you've never tasted it. Chef Justin Cournoyer pushes the bounds of reality with the way he experiments with dishes like Quebec pike and grilled wild knotweed, or Arctic flowers and Ontario pork. The composition makes the lends a magical sense to the experience. You may not believe what you're tasting. Wheelchair Accessible: No.
Toronto's famous black light puppet show is still going strong and their annual Christmas show is not to be missed. If you've never been, you should know that the players in question are adults with developmental disabilities, living out their acting dreams in a way that's truly one of a kind. Liberace and Paul Newman were counted among their celebrity fans and supporters – and while the show is something to behold, the meal in this dinner theatre is amazing too. Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.