Best Toronto restaurants to celebrate women chefs

In honour of International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8, 2016. this week’s Best Of is a celebration of some of Toronto’s best women chefs.


295 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 0L4

Chef Anna Chen has worked over the last decade with Susur, Buca Yorkville and Scaramouche here in Toronto and then with Angela Harnett at Zucca, and Murano in the UK. Focused and detail oriented, she strives for simplicity, for the food not to hide behind ingredients. "It’s really tricky, but it’s the forefront of the kind of food I'm trying to do here." The food is simple, but with genius touches, thanks to Chen’s deft skills.

Bar Begonia

252 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7

If you have just one of Chef Trista Sheen’s dishes at Bar Begonia, have the Boeuf Bourguignon ($16). The formerl exec chef of Crush Wine Bar, and Top Chef Canada Season 2 contestant does it with The Butcher Shoppe’s chuck that’s cubed and brined for 48 hours andthen seared in a French cast iron pan, along with mushrooms, veal stock, thyme, red wine, and caramelized onions. Served with a single fingerling potato and basil pistou, it is a fabulous winter dish. And those gaufrettes that come with the Steak Tartare ($13)? Insanely addictive perfection.

The Caledonian

856 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A2

Chef Sara Phillips has the amazing task of creating authentic Scottish fare such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties ($16 – that’s lamb, oats and spices, mashed turnips and mashed potatoes for those new to the cuisine) and House Made Scottish Steak Pie ($14) with tender, hand-cut top sirloin, stout and root vegetables under golden puff pastry. You’ll be singing the lyrics to "Loch Lomond" and "I Belong to Glasglow" in no time.

Scaramouche Restaurant Pasta Bar & Grill

1 Benvenuto Pl, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1

Chef Carolyn Reid has been at Scaramouche for over 20 years. She transforms simple ingredients into captivating, memorable meals. Just look at what went into this one dish: Pacific White Sturgeon ($45) - Lightly smoked and roasted. Herb spaetzle, roasted beets, pickled apple, black trumpet mushrooms and spinach. Horseradish white wine sauce, red wine jus and gremolata. If you’ve never been, go now; and if it’s been awhile, it’s time to go back.

On a cold, snowy Edmonton night, nothing says lovin’ like a cup of hot chocolate. It’s no surprise this drink was originally dubbed the “elixir of the gods.” Regardless of the variety you select, or whether you opt for the simplest hot chocolate on the menu, all I can say is ... don’t forget the marshmallows.
You don’t have to travel to Paris to have a true fine-dining experience; you can enjoy an upscale dinner, complete with a five-course meal and fine wine, right here at home. Victoria is a fine-dining destination with an excellent reputation – where talented chefs enjoy crafting delicious gourmet dishes from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Paired with a nice cup of coffee or topped with a scoop of ice cream, pie is unbeatable comfort food. And yet it faces stiff competition from cupcakes as the city’s dessert of choice. Well, pie is fighting back with old fashioned deliciousness as well as new and tantalizing flavours.
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