Best Restaurants for Summerlicious in Toronto

Summerlicious is a time to get out to restaurants you’ve never been to, to experience the city in a new way, to get caught up in the excitement of our great chefs and restaurants. Do something a little different this year. Here are my top 5 picks for Summerlicious standouts:

The Tempered Room Ltd

1
1374 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L7

Party in Parkdale Part of the Culinary Event series of Summerlicious, Tapas in Parkdale on Friday July 17 is a cocktail reception instead of the usual dinner and goes late – 8pm ‘til 11pm. A collab between Chef Scott Vivian (Beast Restaurant) and Chef Bertrand Alépée (The Tempered Chef), the meal consists of a harvest table full of savoury hors d’ouevres by Chef Vivian and sweet selections by Chef Alépée. Cocktails and a DJ round out the night for an experience you’re sure to remember. Tickets are $45 ( taxes and gratuity).

CHELSEA HOTEL, TORONTO

2
33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

Off the truck This is your chance to eat like at a food truck without the humungous lineups or the possibility of food running out. The Chelsea food truck experience is brought to you by T|Bar and will be served on the patio on sunny days.

Café Cancan

3
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5

High end affair If you were to dine at Splendido outside of the Summerlicious dates, the Seasonal, Multi-Course Tasting Menu would cost you $170. So to get to experience dinner by Chef Victor Barry for $45 is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Amaya The Indian Room

4
1701 Bayview Ave, East York, ON M4G 3C1

Last supper Amaya the Indian Room’s last service will be Sunday, July 26th so experience this modern Indian fare - lunch ($18) and dinner ($25) - while you can. Tuck into elegant dishes such as Chennai Kings (prawns in spicy roast pepper masala 'sukka pickle style') and Tender Lamb in rosewater and local saffron. Finish the meal with enticing Malai Kulfi with saffron caviar or Rooh Afza Creme Brulee. While it's always sad when a restaurant closes, at least you'll get the chance to say goodbye this time.

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