Thirteen restaurants feature in the first edition of Michelin Guide Toronto – the first Canadian city to be included in the guide – with inspectors selecting one two-star MICHELIN-Star establishments and 13 one-star places.
“Toronto shows it’s deserving of being the first MICHELIN Guide selection ever in the Great White North,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.
“The diversity of the selection reflects the cosmopolitan soul of this exciting city. With cuisine types from Japanese Kaiseki to Italian, Mexican or contemporary cuisine there’s something to please every foodie here.
“Toronto already was a multicultural city where people meet to enjoy architecture, arts and nature, and now it becomes a world-class destination for gourmets too.”
The higher honour went to Sushi Masaki Saito (pictured), serving Japanese/Sushi cuisine. The MICHELIN inspectors said Chef Masaki Saito and “his jovial team had created an environment where laughter fills the air and for a few blissful hours the world outside melts away”.
They added: “Only here will you find shirk boldly skewered and grilled over binchotan, and only here will you eat melting slabs of chutoro buried under a blizzard of white truffles. Fish comes exclusively from Japan, and for the nigiri, assistants are quick to bring him his prized rice from Niigata prefecture, warm and tinged with his special blend of vinegars.”
Restaurants receiving the one-star designation were Aburi Hana (Japanese/Kaiseki cuisine); Alo (Contemporary cuisine); Alobar Yorkville (French cuisine); Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto (Italian cuisine); Edulis (Contemporary cuisine); Enigma Yorkville (Contemporary cuisine); Frilu (Contemporary cuisine); Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto (Japanese/Kaiseki cuisine); Osteria Giulia (Italian cuisine); Quetzal (Mexican cuisine); Shoushin (Japanese/Sushi cuisine) and Yukashi (Japanese/Kaiseki cuisine).
The MICHELIN Guide inspectors found 17 restaurants worthy of the Bib Gourmand designation, which recognizes great food at a great value. These are restaurants where one can have two courses and a glass of wine or desert for less than $60 CAD.