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prix fixe menu

Hot Dining: Yearly Meal Deal

Canoe (photo by Jo-Anne McArthur)

JULY 9 TO 25 As the heart of multiculturalism in Canada and a hub for internationally inspired dining, Toronto is a food-lover’s oasis where everything from dim sum nibbles to meaty lasagna can easily be ordered. The Summerlicious dining promotion provides eager palates the chance to indulge in three-course prix fixe menus at more than 150 restaurants across the city. The options are endless, but you’ll want to book early to ensure a table at such popular participants as Canoe—which offers Canadian cuisine and great city views—and French institution Auberge du Pommier. Lunches are priced at $15, $20 and $25; dinners are $25, $35 and $45. Click here for a list of restaurants.

Hot Dining: Asian Precision

An exquisite offering from chef Hashimoto

If ever there was a reason to schedule an excursion to Toronto’s more northerly environs, Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto is it. The recently opened Japanese spot has only 10 seats and requires reservations at least a week in advance, but such exclusivity allows master chef and owner Masaki Hashimoto to give his full attention to your utterly unique meal. The nine-course chef’s-choice prix fixe menu ($300) is modeled on the centuries-old kaiseki tradition, which prizes artful presentation and the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced directly from the land of the rising sun. Each delectable dish is paired with an imported matcha tea, too, adding another sensual dimension to the acclaimed epicurean experience.

Bonus! Toronto Life offers an illuminating look inside Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto here.

Frugal Faves: High Park Walking Tour and Devilicious

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.

Enjoy the autumn colours while strolling in High Park (photo by bensonkua).

Enjoy the autumn colours while strolling in High Park (photo by bensonkua).

An Autumn Stroll in High Park
Spend a leisurely morning on a free walking tour of High Park, Toronto’s impressive, 398-acre public greenspace. The moderately paced hike traverses the park’s wooded trails and explores its extensive ravines and gardens, giving city-dwellers a chance to reconnect with nature. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the impressive fall foliage, and remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Tours run every second and forth Sunday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the benches just south of the Grenadier Café. For more information call 416-392-1748, ext. 5 or email walkingtours@highpark.org.

Pull up a chair at Fuzion for a scary-good meal deal.

Pull up a chair at Fuzion for a scary-good meal deal.

Trick or Treat Yourself to a Devilishly Good Meal
Hoping for a hell of deal on your next dinner out? Head to the Church Wellesley Village for its Devilicious culinary tour.  As part of the neighbourhood’s annual Halloweek festival, Byzantium, Fuzion and other popular restaurants in the area will be offering wickedly discounted prix fixe menus featuring delectable Halloween-themed dishes. After you’ve finished your meal, wander through the village and check out fabulously frightening decor displays in retailers’ windows.

The Devilicious culinary tour runs October 24 to October 31. For a list of all participating restaurants click here or call 416-393-6363.