Toronto’s most unusual dining venue – Part 2 – For Location

So in the last blog I chose to feature dining experiences set apart by their access to spectacular views of Toronto

This article features restaurants categorized according to their out-of -the-ordinary locations:

• The Rectory Cafe on Toronto Island
A slice of cottage country on the City’s doorstep, The secluded oasis that is Rectory Cafe is located on Ward island within a shady sun- dappled copse scooched up to The Island’s tree lined board walk.
With interesting menu options and cocktails this is a delightful place to dine at any time of day but an especially beguiling venue in the evening when most of the day trippers have returned home as it is open till 10pm in the summer.

Arriba Restaurant – Renaissance Hotel
From its magnificent vantage point high up in the Rogers Skydome a meal at Arriba combines dynamic dining with an opportunity to catch a Blue Jays game. A window-on-the-game meal is served with a side of baseball snippets by enthusiastic serving staff.

Auberge du Pommier
One wouldn’t just come across this Oliver and Bonacini owned gem, as this tiny French restaurant – carefully restored around two 1860’s woodcutters cottages – is tucked away off the beaten track, and shrouded amongst the densely packed skyscrapers of one of North York’s busy financial and business districts
Serving the most delectable and much lauded French food in a atmospheric wood- smoke drenched space complete with a huge wood burning fireplace.

• Gallery Grill at Hart House
Shades of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts: dine in this intimate gallery overlooking the gothic Great Hall with its vaulted ceiling and oak panelling or choose a table overlooking the sculpture garden. Sumptuous well served food and look out for the innovative cocktails -which also appear evening-side from 7pm Wednesday to Fridays.

The Old Mill Hotel is a quaint and historic setting for afternoon tea – There has been a tea garden here since 1914. A restored black and white timber framed hotel in a leafy enclave of West Toronto; its motto is “In the valley of the Humber, a bit of England, far from England”. And a taste of old England is exactly what you’ll get:
Afternoon Tea is served
Monday – Friday from 3:00 -5pm, 2-4pm on Saturdays and 3:30-5pm on Sundays.
You’ll need to book ahead

Osgoode Hall Dining Room
The restaurant in this grand circa 1840 building, and home of the Law Society of Upper Canada is the haunt of the legal eagles and those in the know. Have lunch amidst the wood panelled pomp of the Great Hall with its book lined shelves, monster chandeliers, stained glass and mezzanine gallery.
A fabulous crisp fresh menu is served on weekday lunchtimes from September until June. You can opt for either prix fix at around $25 for 2 courses or you can go “off -piste” with a la carte look out for the range of E Lustau sherries

Over and Out



Tailor-made Toronto – Girls Afternoon Out (Eating)

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So continuing along the eating theme of the last blog – Tailor- made Toronto -Girls morning Out
We move to Lunches:
The following have been my go to spots
over the last few years

Osgoode Hall – Mainly the lunch domain of barristers and lawyers, the refectory in Osgoode Hall – just off Queen and University serves up a stupendous 3 course lunch. great value. Tel: 4169473300 for reservations. Opens again after Labour day.
“Holts Restaurant” (not the basement cafe) – amidst the indulgence and excess that is Holt Renfrew, is a little oasis of normality; great value huge equisitely rendered tartines (open faced sandwiches); imaginative cocktails and the best attentive service you’ll get anywhere in this store.
A little further out at the Don Valley Brickworks is “Cafe Belong”
Wonderful homey comfort food served in the most interesting environmental project in town.
“The Red Tea Box” on
Queen street west – Gorgeously feminine tea room winter or summer (on terrace) crazy pretty individual cakes – almost to beautiful to eat – light as feather sponge and cream fillings in wildly yummy flavours and iced to perfection. Also imaginative sweet and savoury Bento boxes, sandwiches and soups.
This is not a place to be rushing through – the service pace should be your guide. Tel: 416 203 3882

“Madeleine’s Cherry Pie & Icecream”
Book the very pretty parlour for an elegant “party” tea – best meringues ever. Quirky surroundings full of bits and bobs to feast your eyes on.

“Campbell House” – on Queen street west – heritage house / tours and lunch (check website)

High tea at the Windsor Arms
The library room at The Royal Fairmont
“The King Edward”
“The Four seasons”
Or for crepes on Lawrence north of Yonge, “T-buds” which serves a million tea varieties and afternoon tea in an unassuming corner location off Yonge Great service and incredibly good value for money (pot of tea, complimentary almond biscotti and a delicious savoury scone for around 5 bucks). It also hosts tea tasting sessions in its substantial premises and does a very delicate looking afternoon tea most weekday afternoons (you need to book these).

“MoRoCo Chocolate” on Yorkville Avenue for chocolate based high tea –

“Montgomery’s” Inn at the weekends – a city heritage property (old rooming Inn) which serves home-made baked goodies in a sweet little tea room with a wood fire! Excellent shortbread and oatcakes – selections depend upon who’s baking that day!