Where shall we dine with our Valentine?
At these Toronto restaurants…
From the home of gnocchi in Woodbridge, Al Fogolar, a Valentine’s menu on the 14th and 15th includes lobster bisque, arugula salad, heart shaped ravioli or arugula risotto, grilled veal chop or Friulan baccala and polenta or jumbo butterfly shrimp in grappa saffron sauce. Sweet endings include New York cheesecake or fresh fruit and Chantilly cream.
February 14 is right in the middle of Allen’s Steak Festival. One of a kind; not to be missed. Hand-cut to order steaks, organically raised, hormone-free, identified by breed, farm, feed and age are unrivaled. This is an opportunity to sample beef we’ve never tasted: Hereford, Piemontese, Wagyu, Highland, Charolais, Limousin, Angus, or John Maxwell’s own Dexter cattle. From February 4 through February 22, 2014, do not miss this year’s selection of the highest quality beef in the world!
Bosk. In the warmth of the Shangri-La Hotel lobby lounge is soft piano and a warm fire. Many come here for the renowned high tea menu. Afterwords, step into the dining room for a three-course set menu beginning with an amuse bouche, and followed by Ahi tuna and crab; roasted milk-fed provimi veal loin or sauteed Atlantic stripe bass; white chocolate passion fruit marquise or a chocolate cremeux with pralines and vanilla bourbon ice cream. Finish off with sweet mignardises…and a kiss?
Dimmi Bar & Trattoria. Celebrate the new location in Market Lane, Woodbridge–or at the popular jaunt in the heart of Yorkville. Prime locales for an evening on the town. Begin with a mojito or sangria. Special Valentine dishes like heart-shaped ravioli make for al dente romance. Don’t miss paper-thin crust pizzas like Gorgonzola, sweet pepper, olive oil and figs for a delectable contrast of flavours and textures.
EDO Fine Japanese Dining. A glass of Prosseco, an amuse bouche and a Nihoncoise experience. Seared tiger tuna with mustard miso and balsamic reduction; sliced tuna and butter fish on jumbo shrimp tempura and mango roll; half Nova Scotia lobster and mushroom risotto with truffle oil, ponzu, lemon and shizo zest–or succulent Kobe strip loin; followed by Belgian chocolate fondue.
Osteria dei Ganzi. Valentine’s is all weekend long–Thurs. 13th to Sun 16th, and includes Prosseco, and three courses. Seared scallops with sambucca cream or mixed greens with almonds and goat cheese; wild mushroom risotto, steak, or seared European sea bass; sweetly followed by chocolate cake with grand marnier or strawberry cheesecake with limoncello biscotti. Sip Sangria with fresh fruits and cucumber and mingle at the bar in this Gooderham heritage house dining room.
Luma. Feb 14 & 15 is “Group Love at Luma”. The menu items are all shareable for groups of three or more. Or if you’re single there’s a communal table to get to know everyone. Click for tix. Indulge in smoked trout and celery root chowder; fried squid and oysters with duck eggs; lemon rosemary Cornish hen with a colourful palette of delectables. Sweet endings are warm chocolate cake and salted caramel chicharrons.
Michael’s On Simcoe‘s Aphrodisiac Menu includes a platter of lobster, king crab, shrimp, oysters, mussels, scallop ceviche and tuna crudo; beet & cherry salad with whipped honey chèvre; crispy artichoke hearts with basil tomato salad; white asparagus risotto with ice wine macerated strawberries; duck breast with fig brûlée; and raspberry and chocolate torte parfait.
Rosewater. Click on the picture to enlarge it and see this tantalizing menu of brandied lobster bisque, smoked duck breast, halibut and black rice, strip loin and short rib mash, and a sinful trio of sweets. Within this historic building is a dining room of unpretentious sophistication. For those with dietary restrictions, “The kitchen is here for you.”