Toronto's beloved Winterlicious is back from January 27 to February 9, 2023. Here's where to go and what to order.
For two scrumptious weeks, Winterlicious 2023 brings a series of mouth-watering culinary events to the city at over 220 restaurants. Indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great three-course prix fixe value. To help you narrow down your choices, the Destination Toronto staff have picked their must-try Winterlicious 2023 menus. Reservations are open now.
Pai Uptown ($34 Lunch, $45 Dinner)
Taste Toronto's best Thai food from local celeb Chef Nuit Regular. Pai is always a go-to, and their Winterlicious specials give you all the more reason to order. We recommend trying the $45 dinner special with the perfectly-spicy Mango Slaw, a Pad Gra Prow (vegan or with the classic ground pork) and ending it with a refreshing Coconut Sorbet. You'll even have leftovers for lunch the next day.
Minami Restaurant ($48 Lunch, $65 Dinner)
The luxe Minami Restaurant is a staff favourite for Toronto Winterlicious 2023. Start with the Chef Select Sushi (the Oshi Sushi is next level). Then, we are eying the Togarashi Rouge Duck Breast and Foie Gras as a main. Afterwards, indulge yourself in the Black Sesame Ice Cream Mochi. If you're looking for a recommendation from the extensive cocktail list, try the Miso Espresso Martini—a fun twist on a traditional favourite.
Tabule ($27 Lunch, $35 Dinner)
Visit Tabule's Bayview location for Middle-Eastern classics in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our staff recommends ordering the Combination Platter with Falafel to start (the cold mezze is fantastic), then the juicy Kefta Banadura Skewers as a main. Finish it off with a rose water Rice Pudding. With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, you can find a yummy and healthy meal for everyone in your group.
Beech Tree ($35 Dinner)
Maple Smoked Albacore Tuna, local Rainbow Trout and the restaurant's famous Spicy Cumin Mushrooms are on the Winterlicious menu at this beloved neighbourhood bistro. Our staff is excited to see the Beech Tree join Toronto Winterlicious this year and are especially looking forward to the Cheese Plate for dessert!
Maple Leaf Tavern ($65 Dinner)
This 110-year-old Canadian pub is serving up local fare with an elevated twist. Think a Kale Caesar Salad with wood-grilled bacon, a Truffle Burger (with a mushroom patty option for vegetarians) and a classic Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. The Maple Leaf Tavern also might just have one of the best Manhattan's in the city.
Leña ($48 Lunch, $65 Dinner)
Take a seat at the gorgeous bar and enjoy top-tier cocktails and Spanish cuisine at Leña in the Financial District. Our staff love the Mushroom Empanada as a starter, and you can't go wrong with the Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with fire-roasted marshmallow and candied hazelnut for dessert.
Pukka ($45 Dinner)
Head to St. Clair West for refined yet casual Indian cuisine at Pukka—meant for sharing! Grab a group and try out a few different dishes on their Winterlicious menu, like the Pukka Chaat, Butter Chicken, Tofu Tikka Masala, local Arctic Char Sambar and a Coconut Panna Cotta.
Nuna Kitchen & Bar ($55 Dinner)
Parkdale's Nuna Kitchen & Bar is serving up Peruvian-inspired dishes fused with modern flavours from around the world. Start off your Winterlicious menu with Yellow Pepper Tiradito sashimi, a Brasa Rotisserie Chicken and Lucuma fruit Tres Leches Cake for dessert. Winterlicious is the perfect time to try out a new cuisine, and Peruvian is at the top of our lists this season.