JANUARY 27 TO FEBRUARY 9 This year marks the 10th anniversary of Winterlicious, the annual event that lures gourmands, coupon-clippers and the epicurious out of hibernation. For two weeks, approximately 175 of Toronto’s finest dining destinations serve up their signature cuisine as part of discounted three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Local landmark restaurants like Canoe are taking part, as are newcomers like Estiatorio Volos, Scarpetta and Aria. No coupons are required, but reservations are highly recommended. Winterlicious lunches are priced from $15 to $25, and dinners are $25 to $45; click here for a list of this year’s participating restaurants.
Loosening the Danforth’s iron grip on all things Greek, Estiatorio Volos finally brings top-quality Hellenic cooking to the downtown core. Formerly the pastel-hued home of seafood-centric Mediterra, the space has been gussied up considerably with rustic-chic woods and stone, and, overall, a more sophisticated ambience to satisfy Bay Streeters and theatregoers alike. The kitchen rises to the occasion, too, turning out upmarket interpretations of rustic Greek fare, including a filling seafood salad ($25) with wild Pacific salmon, halibut, tiger prawns, calamari and mussels, and flaky lamb-stuffed phyllo pastry ($22). Choose from a selection of Greek wines—very in right now—to complement any dish.