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Summerlicious

Get Your (Prix) Fixe of Toronto Dining with Summerlicious

TASTE SOME OF THE BEST FOOD TORONTO HAS TO OFFER WITH THIS CITYWIDE CELEBRATION OF FOOD

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Kasa Moto’s Summerlicious menu items include Lobster Miso Soup, Shichimi Arctic Char and Strawberry Shortcake, among others.

TO JULY 24 Summerlicious returns for the 13th year, enabling patrons an opportunity to dine at some of the city’s premier establishments. The city-wide celebration encompasses more than 200 restaurants, with each creating three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($18 to $28) and dinner ($28 to $48). Returning favourites include Canoe, The Carbon Bar, and Chase Fish & Oyster Bar, while Ufficio, Kasa Moto, and Beaumont Kitchen are new to the program. Spots fill up fast at some of the most popular restaurants, so make sure to make reservations ahead of time.—Karen Stevens

Summerlicious and More Prix-Fixe Menus in Toronto

THE RETURN OF SUMMERLICIOUS MEANS TORONTO DINERS CAN ONCE AGAIN SAVE ON SAMPLING THE MENUS AT TOP RESTAURANTS. BUT THE SEASONAL DINING DEAL ISN’T THE ONLY WAY TO GET CULINARY BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

Summerlicious Toronto Prix Fixe Menus

From left: dessert at 360 restaurant; George executive chef Lorenzo Loseto; the Shore Club’s dining room

DEALS FOR MEALS
One of the city’s best loved dining programs is back—this year for an extra week to give Pan Am Games visitors a chance to enjoy the flavourful fun. From July 3 to 26, Summerlicious sees more than 200 restaurants offering prix-fixe lunch ($18 to $28) and dinner ($25 to $45) menus. Among the returning participants are Canoe, Momofuku Daisho and The Shore Club, while the likes of as Bestellen and District Oven are involved for the first time.

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Summerlicious 2014—The Shore Club

The Shore Club

It’s the time of year when Toronto food lovers salivate. Summerlicious is in full swing until July 20. The 12th edition of this city-wide event features more than 200 participating restaurants offering three-course prix fixe lunch ($15, $20 and $25) and dinner ($35 and $45) menus, enabling patrons to try new establishments or return to an old favourite.

This year, L’ouvrier, Weslodge and Rock Lobster are among the new additions, while returning favourites include Bannock, Crush Wine Bar, Nota Bene, Loire and Splendido.

Where Toronto sampled the dinner menu at The Shore Club, a posh steak and seafood restaurant adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and within walking distance to such Entertainment District venues as Roy Thomson Hall, and the Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra theatres.

WHAT WE ATE
The Shore Club
Appetizers of grilled calamari on a bed of baby lettuce with a honey citrus vinaigrette and short rib agnolotti with stilton, shiitake mushrooms and leeks in a red wine jus.

Entrees of New York striploin with a sweet pepper chimichurri and pan seared Atlantic salmon with a sweet citrus passion fruit emulsion. Our sides (from four options) were a warm potato salad and steak house fries.

Dessert of key lime pie and a decadent chocolate brownie with ice cream.

5 QUESTIONS WITH DAVE BILLINGTON, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SHORE CLUB
The Shore Club
How would you describe the ambience at The Shore Club?
The Shore Club has an elegant, warm and friendly vibe. It’s a great place to enjoy the finest Alberta prime beef and the freshest seafood. Our lunch crowds are dominated by business lunches and meetings, while our dinners are more social with a mix of business, pleasure and symphony- or a play-goers.

What do you like about participating in Summerlicious?
For our staff, we treat Summerlicious and Winterlicious (January 30 to February 12, 2015) as a way to celebrate being part of the restaurant community of Toronto. Our approach is a positive one, as we’re excited at the opportunity to show off our great hospitality and cuisine to guests that may not normally dine with us.

What about the experience at The Shore Club distinguishes it from the other participating restaurants?
We take great pride in our high level of service and food quality, and we don’t compromise these qualities during Summerlicious. Our service and quality of food put us near the top for value during the program.

How do you determine the menu each season for Summerlicious?
Our focus is on determining the best value for our guests, and this starts by sourcing the best quality, in-season ingredients. Once we have compiled this list our talented chef Saku Velummylum puts together dishes that reflect these ingredients.

What are your recommended wine pairings with each of the entrees on this year’s Summerlicious menu?
Braised lamb shank with forked fngerling potatoes, roasted red peppers and harissa mint yogurt—2010 Quails Gate Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, BC

Grilled Atlantic salmon with rhubarb relish, couscous and rapini—2012 Bastianich Refosco Rose, Venezia Giulia, Italy

Stuffed crepe with portobello mushrooms, spinach, ricotta and vegetable terrine—2011 Plumpjack Adaptation Chardonnay, Napa Valley, US

Pan seared Atlantic salmon with a citrus passion fruit emulsion—2012 Chateau Haut-Grelot (Blanc), Blaye Cote de Bordeaux, France

Grilled New York striploin with sweet pepper chimichurri—2012 13th Street Merlot, Creek Shores, Niagara

The Shore Club, 155 Wellington St. W., 416-351-3311; theshoreclub.ca  —Linda Luong

Hot Dining: Get Lunch and Dinner Discounts with Summerlicious

photo courtesy of Pangaea

JULY 6 TO 22 Hopefully you have a hearty appetite—the 10th annual Summerlicious dining event has top restaurants opening their doors and dropping their prices. For this event, 180 participating dining rooms create three-course prix fixe menus—$15, $20 and $25 at lunch, and $25, $35 and $45 for dinner—showcasing the city’s diversity of tastes, from rustic Italian to classical French, Canadian cuisine to the flavours of Southeast Asia. Featuring new restaurants like La Société and Colborne Lane, as well as established venues like Pangaea and La Maquette, you won’t be able to pass up this foodie feeding frenzy. Reservations are highly recommended. Visit here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, July 8 to 10

Friday: Grab some prix fixe grub at Brassaii and other Summerlicious restaurants

Friday, July 8
Sample the food of your favourite restaurants in the city—or discover a new favourite—when Summerlicious begins this Friday. Dine for less with specially created prix-fixe menus at over 100 eateries throughout the city such as Canoe, Pangaea, and Brassaii.

Experience the eclectic sights and sounds of Mexico as the Corazon de Mexico arts fiesta begins its weekend-long stint at Harbourfront Centre. Traditional and modern performances happening along the lively waterfront include cumbia musician Celso Piña and high-energy salsa band Sugar Heat. If the dancing makes you hungry, make sure you grab some authentic Mexican tostadas with lime and chia agua fresca. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, July 9 to 11

The pressing heat wave calls for a distraction. You’re sure to find one amongst the shows and events taking place this weekend.

Friday: The musical Miss Saigon is sure to enthrall audiences

Friday, July 9
Experience the enduring story of Miss Saigon. Based on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, this musical tragedy tells of a young American soldier and a Vietnamese girl who fall in love, only to be torn apart by the circumstances of war.

Start licking your chops. Toronto’s Summerlicious dining event begins today, with more than 150 restaurants—from Ame to Zucca—offering special three-course prix fixe menus to satisfy eager appetites.

Head over to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for a sure-to-satisfy concert by Juno Award–winning indie band Metric. Also on the bill are Passion Pit and Toronto’s Holy F**K.

Saturday: Legendary rapper Rakim headlines Harbourfront Centre's Beats, Breaks & Culture

Saturday, July 10
Hum along with melodies by the Fab Four at RainA Tribute to the Beatles. This multimedia exploration of the band’s memorable music recreates many career highlights, from their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and much more.

Break it down this weekend at Harbourfront Centre’s returning Beats, Breaks & Culture festival. Groove to some excellent emerging electronic-music acts—plus a free show by hip-hop legend Rakim (9:30 p.m.)—try your hand on the turntables, or cheer for your favourite freestyle dancer in the Pop, Lock & Load Break Dance competition.

Celebrate summer as it’s meant to be experienced—outdoors. Close to 400 artists gather at Nathan Phillips Square for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, North America’s largest open-air juried art fair. Stroll between the paintings, photographs and sculptures while mingling with local art lovers.

Sunday: Lady Gaga brings her act to the Air Canada Centre

Sunday, July 11
You might not be able to maintain that poker face, Lady Gaga swoops into the Air Canada Centre with outrageous costumes, provocative set pieces and tunes like “Bad Romance,” as part of her current Monster Ball concert tour.

Laugh, cry or sing along as more than 800 Canadian theatrical performers continue to break their proverbial legs as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Enjoy an after-show beer and nightly entertainment at Honest Ed’s, this year’s host of the Fringe Club.

Catch Carlos Santana live at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The famed classic-rock guitarist jams this evening with special guest Steve Winwood.

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.