The array of taste-bud-tantalizing restaurants here tempts foodies to splurge year-round. But this month, you can savour the city’s finest fare without breaking the bank.
THE DEAL: The Summerlicious dining event is a city-wide prix fixe promotion that runs from July 6 to 22. At $15 to $35 for a three-course lunch or dinner, the program is the perfect opportunity for gastronomes on a budget to experience some top restaurants—130 are participating this year.
THE GOODS: Not sure where to start? Don’t despair! For your über-chic-and-cheap pleasure, we’ve compiled the dinner menus ($35 each) from three hot spots that, due to amazing ambiance and even better food, stand out from the crowd.
Dine among Bay Street brokers at chef Mark McEwan’s posh restaurant. Join the fashionable crowd for the delicious food and distinctive interior.
Seared tuna sashimi with pickled radish, yuzu and cress or Caramelized squash and duck confit risotto with garlic powder, celery hearts and chives.
Roasted veal tenderloin with braised veal-shank risotto, wilted Swiss chard, truffle and merlot reduction or Crisp-skin wild salmon with savoy cabbage, mushrooms, smashed fingerling potatoes and citrus-butter sauce.
Strawberry sponge cake with mousse or Roasted almond blanc-manger.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042)
The Drake’s cool atmosphere and inspired design create the setting for a culinary experience that’s both hip and tasty.
Summer vegetable salad with feta and olives or Tomato soup with brioche croutons with cheddar orSushi roll.
Market fish, grilled eggplant and zucchini, couscous and basil pesto or Grilled skirt steak, stewed tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, fried potatoes, aïoli or Buccatini pasta with fresh tomato, salsa crudo, fresh mozzarella and pepperoncini.
Panna cotta with sangria-poached summer fruit or Dark chocolate and salted-caramel tart.
Lai Toh Heen
This upscale space boasts a vintage Shanghai-inspired interior. Its innovative take on traditional Chinese dishes complement the exquisite setting.
A selection of dim sum, hot and sour soup with baby shrimp and scallops or Deep-forest mushrooms and egg-drop soup.
Shellfish and vegetables in conpoy chili sauce or Stewed lamb shank in Chinese red rice sauce or Braised beef short rib or Crispy noodles with shredded chicken or Seafood fried rice wrapped in lotus leaf.
For more Summerlicious options, see 10 More Summerlicious Restaurants.