Toronto is a lot of things to a lot of people, but one things it's definitely not, is boring. There are always new restaurants and experiences popping up in the city. For those of us who live for the glitz and glamour, and love impeccable food and drink, we've got five new culinary experiences to add to your hit list — ASAP.
Gastronomes will have a field day with new tasting menus at AP and Toronto Beach Club. Meanwhile, Maxime's has just stepped out on the King West scene and is already making waves with her immaculate vibes. And no weekend is complete without brunch, whether you're going for bottomless bites at Bar Chica or retro vibes at FIGO.
Text your friends, ask out your date and make plans to hit up these five fabulous new culinary experiences in Toronto.
New chef tasting experiences
From beach to sky, these new chef tasting menus will transport you.
51st Floor, 55 Bloor St. W.
High up on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre in Yorkville, AP is a delight for the senses from the moment you step into the gorgeous dining room. Inside or out on either of their two patios, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking, panoramic views of the city and the twinkling lights of skyscrapers.
It's the perfect backdrop for tucking into the new six-course chef's tasting menu ($95 per person). Expect dishes like delicate bluefin tuna tataki and juicy wagyu steak, but the menu is always evolving. Add on sake and wine pairings for the full experience.
2. Toronto Beach Club
1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
If you couldn't make it to Greece this summer, take a trip down to Toronto Beach Club for Mykonos-style lakeside dining. Their new seasonal tasting menu ($75 per person) features a rotating lineup of Mediterranean-inspired bites like oysters, fresh fish and their famous twist on baklava. Optional wine pairings make it really feel like a vacation. Yamas!
New restaurant alert
Meet Maxime's, Toronto's hottest new destination for steak, seafood and cocktails.
77 Portland St.
Follow the alluring illuminated entryway arches into the sultry Maxime's. Just off of King West, this new steak and seafood den is the area's most coveted hotspot. Dive into dishes like lobster ceviche, handmade pastas, delicate fish and beautiful cuts of steak, including plenty of wagyu. Then follow it up with flaming desserts. This date-night spot boasts excellent cocktails, an expansive wine and champagne list and full-size bottle service.
If you can pry your eyes away from the delectable food and drink on your table, you'll see chefs whipping things up in the open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling video screens displaying mesmerizing visuals to accompany the curated DJ beats bumping from 8:30 p.m. to late every night.
New brunch experiences
Sunday scaries are no match for the best new brunches in Toronto.
295 Adelaide St. W.
Thursday isn't the only day to enjoy a good throwback. Disco down to FIGO every Sunday for a buzzy brunch accompanied by live DJs spinning beats from a sparkling disco ball-topped table on the patio. Disco Italo features fun touches like edible glitter-speckled brunch cocktails, served alongside FIGO’s ultra-decadent, Italian-style brunch dishes like Tiramisu French toast.
5. Bar Chica
75 Portland St.
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If go bottomless or go home is your motto, then Bar Chica is the perfect brunch spot for you. Patria’s cheeky, Barcelonian little sister serves the city’s most creative endless brunch experience every Sunday for $55 per person.
Dim sum-style menu cards let you select as many tapas plates as your heart desires with options like mini Spanish French toasts, jamón, lamb empanadas, manchego cheese and egg scrambles, croquettes and tons more. Plus it includes unlimited tea and coffee. Go all out with bottomless sangria for $45 per person and try all three of their unique blends: white, red and sparkling.