If there’s ever a time to take a longer lunch break, it’s during Winterlicious, the prix fixe foodie fest put on by the City of Toronto and presented by YP Dine. Whether you’re looking to try a new cuisine or are hungry for some comfort food, grab your co-workers and head to one of these amazing lunch spots.
Colette Grand Café
Located on Wellington Street West, between Portland and Bathurst Streets, this chic café is Instagram-worthy with its charming French interior and exterior view of the iconic CN tower. Colette’s $28 three-course Winterlicious lunch menu features vegetarian options like the cauliflower soup and a roasted carrot dish. For meaty options, there’s the lamb tagine terrine and braised pork cheek sandwich. For a Parisian dessert, opt for the Paris-Brest, or indulge in campfire s’mores.
This Financial District Asian steakhouse offers shareable plates, so grab at least three of your co-workers so you can share the entire Winterlicious lunch menu for $28 each. You’ll find Momofuku Daisho on the third floor of the Shangri-La Hotel on University. Start with a potato soup, roast beef bun plate or warm mushroom salad. For mains, there’s the spicy pork sausage bowl, steamed clams and roasted rice cakes. Dessert features tastes of banana chocolate, apple caramel and key lime.
Also at the Shangri-La Hotel, located at the Lobby level, is Bosk, an Asian-Canadian fusion restaurant. It features an elegantly casual lounge space, where you can perhaps plan to have your work meeting, away from the stressful office environment. Lunch on a $28 Winterlicious menu, with healthy options like a winter greens or albacore tuna appetizer. For your main course, you can go for a fish, mushroom or pork dish. For dessert, go for something sweet or cheesy.
The grand dame of West Queen West, this iconic boutique hotel is an ideal spot for a mid-day meal (and perhaps a cocktail or two). With an artsy interior, stellar menu and cool vibe, the hip haunt attracts local creative types, visiting tourists and just about everyone in between. For Winterlicious they’re offering a $23 lunch that includes options like avocado toast, a house-smoked salmon benny, and apple pie with almond crumble.
70 Down Restaurant and Lounge
If you’re in Yorkville and haven’t tried 70 Down for lunch yet, then take advantage of its $18 Winterlicious menu. From Thursday to Sunday, discover authentic Afghani cuisine at this rustic restaurant that turns into a lounge at 11 pm. The lunch menu features an option of three appetizers, four main courses and two desserts, with at least one vegetarian option in each category.
For Portuguese- and Spanish-inspired dishes, visit Adega Restaurant on Elm Street near Dundas Station. During Winterlicious, they offer a $23 lunch menu that focuses on seafood. There are also vegetarian dishes like the fresh Portuguese cheese salad with tomato vinaigrette and mushroom risotto with porcini-truffle butter and parmesan. Finish off your luncheon feast with crème caramel.
The Chase Fish and Oyster
Located in the historic Dineen Building in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, The Chase is a lunch-hour favourite among the well-heeled Bay Street crowd. The upscale menu is focused on fresh, sustainable seafood and the opulent dining room offers a subtle maritime theme and elegant features throughout. On their $23 Winterlicious lunch menu you’ll find the likes of Bay Shrimp Louie with quail egg and preserved tomatoes, littleneck clam linguini, and Boston cream pie with bourbon caramel.