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Michelin Unveils Canada's First Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Michelin Unveils Canada's First Michelin-Starred Restaurants

By Simon Hung

One of the most prestigious awards in the restaurant industry has made its way to Canada, as Michelin has officially unveiled their inaugural Michelin Guide in Canada – Michelin Guide Toronto.

The Michelin Guide is a book published by tire manufacturer Michelin that highlights the best restaurants in several countries worldwide. Its Michelin Star rating system has become synonymous with culinary excellence – a one-star rating indicates "a very good restaurant in its category"; a two-star rating means "excellent cooking and worth a detour"; while an ultra-rare three-star rating reflects a restaurant with "exceptional cuisine and worth a special journey." In addition, the guide also awards restaurants with Bib Gourmand, which notes restaurants that serve "exceptionally good food at moderate prices."

Toronto is the first Canadian city to receive a Michelin Guide (Vancouver will also get one this fall) and a total of 13 restaurants have been awarded at least one Michelin Star, along with 17 Bib Gourmands – here's a list of all the restaurants showcased in Michelin Guide Toronto.

Two Michelin Stars

One Michelin Star

  • Aburi Hana, 102 Yorkville Avenue – Japanese/Kaiseki cuisine
  • Alo, 163 Spadina Avenue – Contemporary cuisine
  • Alobar Yorkville, 57A-162 Cumberland Street – French cuisine
  • Don Alfonso 1890, 1 Harbour Square – Italian cuisine
  • Edulis, 169 Niagara Street – Contemporary cuisine
  • Enigma Yorkville, 23 St. Thomas Street – Contemporary cuisine
  • Frilu, 7713 Yonge Street – Contemporary cuisine
  • Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto, 6 Garamond Court – Japanese/Kaiseki cuisine
  • Osteria Giulia, 134 Avenue Road – Italian cuisine
  • Quetzal, 419 College Street – Mexican cuisine
  • Shoushin, 3328 Yonge Street – Japanese/Sushi cuisine
  • Yukashi, 643 Mount Pleasant Road – Japanese/Kaiseki cuisine

Bib Gourmand

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    • The same can be said about Vancouver too. The best Chinese food is not found in Vancouver, its in Richmond. :)

      Totally agree with your stance that Toronto/GTA Chinese food is better. Don't know if people realize that the Chinese food here is world class, even better than some of those in HK. You just have to know which ones to go to.
      And we don't need hipsters trying to tell us to 'elevate' the chinese food into Mimi.

      /Rant off...sorry but the type of restaurant that is Mimi encapsulates what is wrong with Toronto food scene.
      Well the thing is... Its a trend to HATE Toronto in general. Especially on RFD or the internet in general. There is a general disdain from the rest of Canada.

      "Youre all elite d-bags that think youre the best when youre not!"

      So its hard to get an unbiased opinion. Even an unbiased well thought out review would be looked @ as bias.
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    • Yeah thats what i’m saying. Those high end places that you mentioned are very very top notch.
      The casual options are what I know for sure tops out Vancouver.

      However… you are actually right. Literally “Toronto” SUCKS for Chinese food…
      Its technically York Region (Markham and Richmond Hill) that has all the best Chinese restaurants with a few notable exceptions from Scarborough.

      So Vancouver does beat Toronto for best Chinese food if youre speaking of strictly just the borders of Toronto.
      But if its GVA vs GTA, GTA is better.
      The same can be said about Vancouver too. The best Chinese food is not found in Vancouver, its in Richmond. :)

      Totally agree with your stance that Toronto/GTA Chinese food is better. Don't know if people realize that the Chinese food here is world class, even better than some of those in HK. You just have to know which ones to go to.
      And we don't need hipsters trying to tell us to 'elevate' the chinese food into Mimi.

      /Rant off...sorry but the type of restaurant that is Mimi encapsulates what is wrong with Toronto food scene.
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    • Damn them be fighting words. I'm from Toronto and travel pretty regularly to Vancouver, and I'm not sure that's true. I think high end Chinese food in Vancouver has Toronto beat - especially for Cantonese fare which is seafood heavy. (Van has unfair advantage in raw ingredients) But for casual options and mid-tier Toronto edges out Vancouver.
      Depends on the definition of Chinese food one is using, if its for the traditional banquet Chinese/Cantonese food, then Toronto definitely is much better than Vancouver even in the higher end. Where Vancouver might have Toronto beat are those new age fusion type of places they call Chinese nowadays, things like Mimi in Toronto. Whenever, I see a list of best Toronto Chinese restaurant and I see Mimi on the top of the list, i just cringe.
      I worked in Vancouver for 2 years so quite familiar with their food scene, overall I would prefer Vancouver food scene over Toronto, but not for traditional Chinese/Cantonese food.

      Places like Yu Seafood, Casa Delux, Omei, One Fusion, Yu Garden, Casa Imperial/Victoria, Ritzy Place, etc...Any of these places would be competitive or beat out the Vancouver scene. Not to mention some of the other smaller places. Unfortunately, these are all in the RH, Markham and Scarborough area of GTA. Downtown Toronto just does not have any noteworthy Chinese restaurants. And no, Rol San, Congee Queen, and Mimi are not good representation of Chinese food, as is Mother's Dumpling. What a joke.

      Could be said that some of these higher end Chinese restaurants/chefs are on par if not better than the ones in HK.
      Yeah thats what i’m saying. Those high end places that you mentioned are very very top notch.
      The casual options are what I know for sure tops out Vancouver.

      However… you are actually right. Literally “Toronto” SUCKS for Chinese food…
      Its technically York Region (Markham and Richmond Hill) that has all the best Chinese restaurants with a few notable exceptions from Scarborough.

      So Vancouver does beat Toronto for best Chinese food if youre speaking of strictly just the borders of Toronto.
      But if its GVA vs GTA, GTA is better.
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    • Damn them be fighting words. I'm from Toronto and travel pretty regularly to Vancouver, and I'm not sure that's true. I think high end Chinese food in Vancouver has Toronto beat - especially for Cantonese fare which is seafood heavy. (Van has unfair advantage in raw ingredients) But for casual options and mid-tier Toronto edges out Vancouver.
      Depends on the definition of Chinese food one is using, if its for the traditional banquet Chinese/Cantonese food, then Toronto definitely is much better than Vancouver even in the higher end. Where Vancouver might have Toronto beat are those new age fusion type of places they call Chinese nowadays, things like Mimi in Toronto. Whenever, I see a list of best Toronto Chinese restaurant and I see Mimi on the top of the list, i just cringe.
      I worked in Vancouver for 2 years so quite familiar with their food scene, overall I would prefer Vancouver food scene over Toronto, but not for traditional Chinese/Cantonese food.

      Places like Yu Seafood, Casa Delux, Omei, One Fusion, Yu Garden, Casa Imperial/Victoria, Ritzy Place, etc...Any of these places would be competitive or beat out the Vancouver scene. Not to mention some of the other smaller places. Unfortunately, these are all in the RH, Markham and Scarborough area of GTA. Downtown Toronto just does not have any noteworthy Chinese restaurants. And no, Rol San, Congee Queen, and Mimi are not good representation of Chinese food, as is Mother's Dumpling. What a joke.

      Could be said that some of these higher end Chinese restaurants/chefs are on par if not better than the ones in HK.
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    • It feels like they didn't even try with Chinese restaurants. It's as if they looked at the most popular Yelp review to include a Chinese restaurant and they found Mother's Dumpling, which is pretty much every white person's favourite Chinese restaurant. I don't get it - I've been there a few times, and thing their food is horrendous. Chinese restaurants don't do themselves any favours by making themselves so difficult for non-Chinese to find. Most of them don't have websites and their Google listings tend to be inaccurate. I'm not sure they even care about Michelin.

      To be fair, they did say they didn't include Markham and Richmond Hill in this go around. So that eliminates most of the best Chinese restaurants in the GTA. So its understandable, none of them getting a Star, but there is no excuse to not include any traditional Chinese restaurants (other than Mother's Dumpling lol) for the Bib's or listed in the guide at all. Reading the Toronto guide, its almost as if these ethnic cuisines are not part of the city landscape.
      The guide could've been any American or European city, and didn't capture what makes Toronto's food scene unique.
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    • Damn them be fighting words. I'm from Toronto and travel pretty regularly to Vancouver, and I'm not sure that's true. I think high end Chinese food in Vancouver has Toronto beat - especially for Cantonese fare which is seafood heavy. (Van has unfair advantage in raw ingredients) But for casual options and mid-tier Toronto edges out Vancouver.
      Wait what? Vancouver has worst Chinese food than Toronto.
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    • The other trouble with Chinese restaurants is that quality can vary depending on day of week - namely, if the chef/head cook is working that service or not, and/or whether the kitchen team is the A, B, C or D team among other things. A few years ago, I went to a dim sum/yum cha-by-day, fine-dining-by-night restaurant in the Vancouver area and had top-notch dim sum offerings. Went back a few weeks later, ordered pretty much the same food, and the food was mediocre.

      Not the only example either. Went to dim sum/yum cha-by-day/wedding banquet venue by night place in Kowloon a few years ago. Food was really good. Was waiting to board a container ship to sail home and it as delayed arriving so went back to the same restaurant for the same meal the very next day. The steamed rice rolls that had green onions the previous day were filled with zucchini instead....
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    • Hah. This is laughable. Spoken like a true Torontonian that thinks this is the center of the universe. Chinese food here is AVERAGE quality. I can't even think of one that could compete on Vancouver's level. Michelin stars are based on a world wide level. Why do you think almost all are only 1 stars and the only 2 star was given to someone who already held 2 stars in New York?
      Wait what? Vancouver has worst Chinese food than Toronto.
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    • To me there's is sad under representation to Asian food other than Japanese. We have some of the best Chinese and Korean food in the world right here in the GTA.
      Hah. This is laughable. Spoken like a true Torontonian that thinks this is the center of the universe. Chinese food here is AVERAGE quality. I can't even think of one that could compete on Vancouver's level. Michelin stars are based on a world wide level. Why do you think almost all are only 1 stars and the only 2 star was given to someone who already held 2 stars in New York?
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    • Jackie is backed by William Cheng in opening Shoushin, who is also the backer of Saito.
      So William Cheng is really the big winner, owner of 3 Stars. Lol
      Yes, I am aware. He must have deep pockets because he said he does not care if it is profitable. The goal is to get that 3 star in the future for Saito, regardless if its profitable or not. I know there's gonna be people rolling their eyes about him talking about profits when its currently almost $700 per person before tax
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    • Not sure if they will ever publish the stats behind their inspections.
      How many inspectors do they have for a given city and how many restaurants did they visit.

      Some of the other cities have been covered for many years, so their coverage of the hole in the wall type of places would be easier.

      It’s the first time for the Toronto guide, there was no way for the inspectors to go to all the deserving and undeserving restaurants over a period of a few months.

      So I do understand where they are coming from for a 1st year guide, but do wish they will expand for the upcoming revisions.
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    • That’s because the presentation of the foods are much more prettier than all others
      If they are going to allow street foods in Singapore to have Michelin star with no presentation, but amazing taste, then they should consider doing the same here.
      https://guide.michelin.com/sg/en/singap ... estaurants
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    • To me there's is sad under representation to Asian food other than Japanese. We have some of the best Chinese and Korean food in the world right here in the GTA.
      To be fair, they did say they didn't include Markham and Richmond Hill in this go around. So that eliminates most of the best Chinese restaurants in the GTA. So its understandable, none of them getting a Star, but there is no excuse to not include any traditional Chinese restaurants (other than Mother's Dumpling lol) for the Bib's or listed in the guide at all. Reading the Toronto guide, its almost as if these ethnic cuisines are not part of the city landscape.
      The guide could've been any American or European city, and didn't capture what makes Toronto's food scene unique.
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    • To me there's is sad under representation to Asian food other than Japanese. We have some of the best Chinese and Korean food in the world right here in the GTA.
      There needs to be a primary food focus, or specifically food focus category. Service and presentation (the former more than the latter) even at the best Chinese restaurants aren't particularly refined enough for Michelin to award a macaron. They'll probably get mentions once there have been more visits.
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    • Anyone find that the reviewers seem to be obsessed with Japanese food?
      To me there's is sad under representation to Asian food other than Japanese. We have some of the best Chinese and Korean food in the world right here in the GTA.
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    • That’s because the presentation of the foods are much more prettier than all others
      Yup. Plus the high end ingredients are really rare.
      Also Japanese food culture has this particular brand of attention to details and hospitality that fits well.
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    • Anyone find that the reviewers seem to be obsessed with Japanese food?

      That’s because the presentation of the foods are much more prettier than all others
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    • Anyone find that the reviewers seem to be obsessed with Japanese food?
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    • Is it just me or I have have ever heard of those places.
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    • With inconsistent service quality in some better restaurants, I suspect some may not keep their ratings.
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    • Chef at Shoushin used to work at Zen before opening his own place
      Jackie is backed by William Cheng in opening Shoushin, who is also the backer of Saito.
      So William Cheng is really the big winner, owner of 3 Stars. Lol
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    • Yes, e is a must try when in Vegas, if you can get the golden ticket. In general I am a big Jose Andres fan, so Bazaar Meats and Jaleo are my faves as well.

      I am a big foodie too and enjoy travelling and sampling different food of all price ranges. Can’t wait to go back to Barcelona and Osaka, 2 of my favourites for food.

      Maybe Zen is too far out of Toronto for the inspectors. ;)
      Or the owner of Shoushin and Saito has a bigger pocket to ‘entice’ the inspectors. ;)
      Chef at Shoushin used to work at Zen before opening his own place
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    • I have to try E on my next trip to Vegas. Unfortunately I went in December during the dark week where most restaurants take their pre christmas break and so much was closed.
      It's very surprising that Zen japanese restaurant at woodbine south of 407 wasn't even discussed. Its almost on par with the rest of the 1*'s.
      More international travel is required when it calms down a bit. i'm a big foodie and love to try cuisines as much as possible.
      Yes, e is a must try when in Vegas, if you can get the golden ticket. In general I am a big Jose Andres fan, so Bazaar Meats and Jaleo are my faves as well.

      I am a big foodie too and enjoy travelling and sampling different food of all price ranges. Can’t wait to go back to Barcelona and Osaka, 2 of my favourites for food.

      Maybe Zen is too far out of Toronto for the inspectors. ;)
      Or the owner of Shoushin and Saito has a bigger pocket to ‘entice’ the inspectors. ;)
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    • Agree with you there. There are no comparison's with any of the Toronto restaurants with the top global restaurants around the world.

      Saito is good for Toronto level, but compared to others its not there yet. $475 for Robuchon Vegas is a bargain compared to the $680 meal at Saito, but to be fair, Robuchon is a 3 star calibre brand. And Joel Robuchon is not even my top pick for Vegas, that would go to e by Jose Andres for $385 golden ticket tasting menu.
      I hope Saito doesn't increase their prices even higher with this new rating, 685 is getting to the upper limits even for 3 star places.
      Last time i travelled internationally was pre-covid in 2019, in Florence(Enoteca Pinchiorri) went to their only 3 star in the city, and the tasting menu range from 200-300 EURO, in Tokyo went to Sushi Yoshitake and their tasting menu was around 400 USD, but lots of other options with similar quality/service in the 100-200 USD range. Even for Paris in 2017, eating at Le Cinq was around 500 EURO and that was 3 stars and top end for Paris. Can find 3 Star's in the 300-400 Euro range and 1-2 stars in the 100-200 euro range.

      Don't think Toronto can support anything higher than the current Saito pricing.
      I have to try E on my next trip to Vegas. Unfortunately I went in December during the dark week where most restaurants take their pre christmas break and so much was closed.
      It's very surprising that Zen japanese restaurant at woodbine south of 407 wasn't even discussed. Its almost on par with the rest of the 1*'s.
      More international travel is required when it calms down a bit. i'm a big foodie and love to try cuisines as much as possible.
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    • And Sumilicious is literally right on the border with Markham, and way over at Middlefield Road in eastern Scarborough - as far as downtown Toronto you can possibly get while still being in the City. (Steeles and Middlefield is also about 20 miles/32 km away from downtown)

      Michelin is just showing their obvious downtown elitism, just like the rest of the downtown Toronto cultural elites.

      Also, not sure what they are supposed to mean by "Toronto Metro Region" - Markham and RH is literally part of the "metro region" as defined by Statistics Canada (who uses the term "Toronto CMA"). There is no more entity called "Metro Toronto" and hasn't been in 25 years.
      Toronto Metro region is whatever they want to make it. As others have said Sumiliciois is on the south side of Steele's which is the northernmost border of Scarborough.

      Don't think any of these ratings are of any use to me. I'll eat where I want to eat. Google ratings mean more to me than Michelin ratings LoL.

      Funny thing is I'd bet most ppl cannot tell the difference (in a blind testing) between Saito two star sushi from most of the medium to high end sushi in the city.
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    • i've checked out restaurants like Alo, Frilu, and Don Alfonso. There are quite a few other restaurants that would stack up against these in Toronto and the GTA. Frilu is also outside of the city bounds of Toronto, why did they stop there?

      Also 680+ for the 2* sushi? wow. go to any of Robuchon's restaurants and they will be lightyears ahead of anything we have here.
      Agree with you there. There are no comparison's with any of the Toronto restaurants with the top global restaurants around the world.

      Saito is good for Toronto level, but compared to others its not there yet. $475 for Robuchon Vegas is a bargain compared to the $680 meal at Saito, but to be fair, Robuchon is a 3 star calibre brand. And Joel Robuchon is not even my top pick for Vegas, that would go to e by Jose Andres for $385 golden ticket tasting menu.
      I hope Saito doesn't increase their prices even higher with this new rating, 685 is getting to the upper limits even for 3 star places.
      Last time i travelled internationally was pre-covid in 2019, in Florence(Enoteca Pinchiorri) went to their only 3 star in the city, and the tasting menu range from 200-300 EURO, in Tokyo went to Sushi Yoshitake and their tasting menu was around 400 USD, but lots of other options with similar quality/service in the 100-200 USD range. Even for Paris in 2017, eating at Le Cinq was around 500 EURO and that was 3 stars and top end for Paris. Can find 3 Star's in the 300-400 Euro range and 1-2 stars in the 100-200 euro range.

      Don't think Toronto can support anything higher than the current Saito pricing.
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    • i've checked out restaurants like Alo, Frilu, and Don Alfonso. There are quite a few other restaurants that would stack up against these in Toronto and the GTA. Frilu is also outside of the city bounds of Toronto, why did they stop there?

      Also 680+ for the 2* sushi? wow. go to any of Robuchon's restaurants and they will be lightyears ahead of anything we have here.
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    • Michelin Stars are for snobs.
      Bro

      $680+taxes+tips for sushi per person…

      Might as well fly to Japan lol
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    • That makes more sense now with no Markham and RH being covered to why the lack of Chinese restaurants on the list, most of the top chinese restaurants are out in that area.

      However, isn't Thornhill considered Richmond hill? Frilu was covered and they are in Thornhill.
      And Sumilicious is literally right on the border with Markham, and way over at Middlefield Road in eastern Scarborough - as far as downtown Toronto you can possibly get while still being in the City. (Steeles and Middlefield is also about 20 miles/32 km away from downtown)

      Michelin is just showing their obvious downtown elitism, just like the rest of the downtown Toronto cultural elites.

      Also, not sure what they are supposed to mean by "Toronto Metro Region" - Markham and RH is literally part of the "metro region" as defined by Statistics Canada (who uses the term "Toronto CMA"). There is no more entity called "Metro Toronto" and hasn't been in 25 years.
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    • Quoted from article:

      Inspecting Toronto was no small task, given that it’s the fourth-largest city in North America by population. "Toronto is definitely a vast city,” said Michelin’s chief inspector for North America, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his position. He said the focus was on the Toronto metro region; areas such as Markham and Richmond Hill—suburbs about 20 miles from the downtown hub but part of the Greater Toronto Area—were not included.


      That makes more sense now with no Markham and RH being covered to why the lack of Chinese restaurants on the list, most of the top chinese restaurants are out in that area.

      However, isn't Thornhill considered Richmond hill? Frilu was covered and they are in Thornhill.
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    • Quoted from article:

      Inspecting Toronto was no small task, given that it’s the fourth-largest city in North America by population. "Toronto is definitely a vast city,” said Michelin’s chief inspector for North America, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his position. He said the focus was on the Toronto metro region; areas such as Markham and Richmond Hill—suburbs about 20 miles from the downtown hub but part of the Greater Toronto Area—were not included.


      A list of Toronto’s Michelin-starred restaurants follows.

      Two Stars

      Sushi Masaki Saito
      One Star

      Aburi Hana
      Alo
      Alobar Yorkville
      Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto
      Enigma Yorkville
      Edulis
      Frilu
      Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto
      Osteria Giulia
      Quetzal
      Shoushin
      Yukashi
      Bib Gourmands

      The Ace
      Alma
      Bar Raval
      Campechano
      Cerry St. Bar-B-Que
      Chica’s Chicken
      Enoteca Sociale
      Fat Pasha
      Favorites Thai
      Fonda Balam
      Grey Gardens
      Indian Street Food Company
      La Bartola
      Puerto Bravo
      R&D
      SumiLicious Smoked Meat Deli
      Wynona
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    • There's an obvious bias towards French, Italian & Japanese cuisine on this list, as well as an obvious downtown elitist bias.

      Existing Michelin Guides around the world have long been criticized for this. Not reflecting the actual world of food, and their reviewers sticking to areas catering to the downtown elites, not where actual normal people live in a city's suburbs.
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    • This was not for Ontario. This was just Toronto. Otherwise Pearl Morrissette easily would have scored a star. I was also not impressed with Alo. It's at least 50% hype. I ate at Splendido during their last month and it was incredibly
      uninspiring. All cliche dishes. Foams, foie gras, truffle, etc. I was much more impressed with the meal I had the following week at Auberge for half the price. My best tasting menu to date is still at George.
      Towards the end of the Splendido run, they were a hot mess. There was a span of a couple years that seem like they turn over their chefs monthly. I think they lost their mojo after David Lee and his gang left and started Nota Bene.
      Now that was a restaurant, Nota Bene. If I could eat there every week I would, they had this crispy duck salad there that I still remember and miss. Oh and the pork cheeks. Lol Too bad Chef LEE closed NB and opened Planta instead. I am a big fan of David Lee’s menu, but The Queen street planta is a hot mess.

      Totally agree with George, one of my all time toronto faves. The only complaint is their pacing of the courses is not very consistent, on busy nights it takes too long, on quiet nights it’s too fast. Probably one of the main reasons they didn’t get a star.
      If you haven’t tried Frilu, get that on your list, a very worthy tasting menu.
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    • For all other 99.9999% restaurants…

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    • Michelin Stars are for snobs.
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    • Ya, I also question their methodology used in their listings. How many years they spent on actual restaurants, eateries, food stalls, etc visitation, there are probably 5,000+ food establishments in Ontario ?
      This was not for Ontario. This was just Toronto. Otherwise Pearl Morrissette easily would have scored a star. I was also not impressed with Alo. It's at least 50% hype. I ate at Splendido during their last month and it was incredibly
      uninspiring. All cliche dishes. Foams, foie gras, truffle, etc. I was much more impressed with the meal I had the following week at Auberge for half the price. My best tasting menu to date is still at George.
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    • Ya, I also question their methodology used in their listings. How many years they spent on actual restaurants, eateries, food stalls, etc visitation, there are probably 5,000+ food establishments in Ontario ?
      Pre-pandemic there were over 8,000 in Toronto alone.
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    • The look on Patrick Kriss's face last night said it all. Probably took every inch of his self control to not toss that 1 star on the ground. He had much higher aspirations than the single star. Should've just followed the lead from the Edulis team and not show up. hehehe I think both Alo and Edulis team thought they were in for a 2 Star.
      IMO, Alo is good but its got to the point that its way overhyped, its not even the best tasting menu in Toronto, but he certainly has build quite the 'brand' and following. The first time I had the chance to taste Kriss's creation under his own kitchen was at Acadia, and it was apparent he was one of the rising stars of Toronto chefs. Even going back to his Splendido days, you knew he was destined for greater things. For me, I enjoyed his food and experience at Acadia much more than at Alo, too bad Acadia was too ahead of its time, and didn't catch the hype train. He'll probably use Alder as his platform to get his 2nd star.

      Overall, can't say was surprised at the list of restaurants listed. Japanese and French/Italian restaurants always do well with the Michelin rankings. What would be interesting to know is how many restaurants did they actually visited to get to their 74 list. I can't believe Mother's Dumplings is the lone representation of traditional Chinese food in Toronto. Also the lack of representation from restaurants outside of the downtown core. Did the Michelin inspectors used up all their per diems and didn't have the Uber fare to go out to Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarbourgh, etc..
      Not a good representation of all the diverse cuisines and geographic locations in this city. Someone without prior knowledge of Toronto, reading the guide would think they are in any other large American/Euro city. No indication of the vast authentic ethnic cuisines in this city. Will be interesting to see what they do with the Vancouver guide.

      I am glad they did venture out to Frilu and gave it a star. IMO, currently Frilu has the better tasting menu than Alo.
      Biggest disappointment other than the diversity, was Actinolite not awarded with a Star.
      Ya, I also question their methodology used in their listings. How many years they spent on actual restaurants, eateries, food stalls, etc visitation, there are probably 5,000+ food establishments in Ontario ?
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