It’s that time again! Tis the season for eating a lot of delicious summer-inspired food at restaurants you might not be able to afford otherwise: Summerlicious! On from July 5 to 21, the event, which sees participating restaurants offer special three course prix fixe menus at affordable prices, is such a great way to engage with your city and try some exciting—and decadent—food! Prix fixe lunch menus go for $15, $20, and $25, and dinner menus for $25, $35, and $45. There are a looooot of restaurants to choose from, and you’ll no doubt have endless fun reading through the menus, but to get you started here are seven of our top picks:
BENT: Dinner for $35
This Dundas West restaurant comes from Susur Lee’s two sons, so you know it’s gonna be tasty. Start with shrimp tacos, vegetarian coconut curry soup, or chicken dumplings, and then move on to mains like pull beef ravioli with malay black pepper emulsion and salmon with tamarind, ginger flower, and mustard. Finish with a dessert tasting trio. HULLO!
Boehmer: Dinner for $45
Go here for all things local! How about the beet salad with arugula and goat cheese, the Ontario trout with wild rice, and the lemon tart with summer berries? Can I has it?
Canoe: Lunch for $25, dinner for $45
For $25, how can you not take Canoe—famously fancy and delicious—up on this lunch offer? Choose from mouth-watering mains Wellington County flat iron steak, chicken campanelle pasta, and olive oil poached heritage salmon. Yep.
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen: Lunch for $20, dinner for $35
During lunch one of their dessert options is three cookies to go in case you need to jet back to work. And that’s just the best. (The starters and mains look great, too, I promise.)
Momofuku Daisho: Dinner for $45
Touted by The Globe and Mail as one of the city’s most exciting places to dine, Momofuku Daisho’s sharing plates range from $10-$28 each—and fancier meat dishes go for over $200—so $45 for dinner is a serious win for you. Enjoy shrimp, falafel, or burger buns, plus trout, rice cakes, or pork chop. End with cake truffles, field strawberry pie, or crack pie. And then tell me all about it.
Origin Liberty: Lunch for $15, dinner for $25
Origin’s food is so tasty, and one course alone can easily cost you $18 (it’s worth it, but it’s also hard to do often). So Origin lunch for $15? That is a steal of a deal, friends (as is dinner for $25). Vegetarian curry? Chicken mole, avocado, plantain, and bacon? Shrimp ceviche? Yes, yes, yes, please.
Parts & Labour: Dinner for $35
I am in love with this restaurant, so if you’ve never been—or just drool over it like me—then this is a great way to see what they have to offer. Why not munch on some kale salad, then steak with roasted shallots, and then a slice of lemon marshmallow pie? WHY NOT?
If you want to participate in Summerlicious, don’t forget to make a reservation!