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Hot Dining: Canoe’s as Good as New

photo by Kristina Doyle

There’s never been a better time to renew acquaintances with Canoe. Consistently named one of Toronto’s best fine dining establishments during its 15 years in business, the Oliver & Bonacini flagship welcomed 2011 with a million-dollar facelift and some delectable new dishes. The restaurant’s Canadiana theme is clear as ever—check out the etched caribou images beside the new soapstone bar—while taupe, copper and other earthy tones bring considerable warmth to the open-concept dining room. Executive chef Anthony Walsh has made some upgrades, too, with such seasonal menu additions as Ontario buffalo mozzarella with birch syrup and mountain cranberries ($19), and maple- and miso-glazed B.C. sablefish ($43). One thing, however, remains unchanged: Canoe’s stunning 54th-floor view of the city.

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