5 Restaurants You Can’t Miss at Toronto Taste

One of Toronto’s biggest and best food festivals is back and better than ever. Toronto Taste returns to Corus Quay on Sunday, June 3rd for a night of amazing food and fun.

What better way to sample Toronto’s finest foods than lakeside with your favourite craft beer or local wine with friends and chefs galore? Enjoy exclusive plates and drinks from title holders on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, including local favourites like Brandon Olson’s La Banané, Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud, and Mitchell Bates’ Grey Gardens.

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Apart from being a night of culinary greatness, Toronto Taste also acts as a charity event by donating money to Second Harvest – Canada’s largest food rescue charity – with every ticket sold. Last year, Taste Toronto was able to raise a record-breaking $925,000 to supply 1.8 million meals for children, adults, and seniors acorss Toronto.

Each ticket provides guests with access to over 100 of Toronto’s most sought-after dishes and drinks, including new additions to the festival like Cafe Can Can and Bar Buca.

Tickets run for $260 and include a $150 tax credit. Your ticket not only includes entry to the event, delicious food and drink, and a charitable donation, but also access to a raffle draw, fine wine auction, live auction, and silent auction.

Here are some of our favourite restaurants that we’ll definitely line up for come June 3rd…

1. La Banane

A notable and honourable addition to the Ossington strip, La Banane has been the talk of Toronto in 2018. Whether it’s their famous chocolate ‘Disco Eggs’ or plates from their rich new raw bar (we’re talking fresh crab legs and oysters), Chef and owner Brandon Olsen is sure to be serving up some incredibly unique and tasty plates. We’re crossing our fingers he whips out the fried chicken.

2. Bar Buca

Everyone’s favourite Italian resto will most definitely be a hot spot for Taste Toronto, as Buca has a great reputation for melt-in-your-mouth pastas, thick paninis, and decadent pastries.

Our Spice Ash Crusted Bruce County Deer with parsnip purée and braised neck ragout is back!

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3. Antler

Vegans, beware. Controversial Antler restaurant will be shining the spotlight on their game-based dishes. Expect venison, duck, trout, bison, boar… basically anything but salads. The heat recent media has put on this Toronto restaurant hasn’t slowed down their creativity, presentation, or taste – which is why it makes our list.

Lunch dreams!! 😘 Gorgeous capture by @getawei #frenchbistro

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4. Café Cancan

It’s no surprise this pretty and pink spot has been the star of Instagram since its opening in early 2017. But don’t be fooled – this restaurant is far more than just Instagram fodder. Cancan wins when it comes to French dining and beautiful plates like steak au poivre or their practically perfect frites.

5. Grey Gardens

A restaurant that truly cannot be ignored. Not only have they hit the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada list, but they’ve done so with gorgeous plates, divine textures, and tantalizing flavour combinations. Despite its grungy Kensington roots, Grey Gardens delivers contemporary dishes with all the pizzazz of a seasoned, well-travelled palette.

To check out all of these restaurants andtheir incredible dishes, make sure to grab your ticket for Toronto Taste 2018 here.

And don’t forget, it’s not just a food festival, it’s one that gives back – which makes it all the more delicious.