The Michelin Star is known worldwide as a symbol of excellence for culinary establishments; it originated at the turn of the twentieth century as the Michelin Guide was created by Andre and Edouard, the same brothers that founded Michelin tires. Turn the clock forward 120 years, and their guide has expanded beyond their homeland of France and to 37 countries worldwide, where restaurants are awarded stars based on five criteria:
Yesterday, Michelin published their first Canadian guide, and featured 13 restaurants within Toronto. Let’s take a look and see which restaurants made the cut and earned their spot amongst the world’s elite!
The only restaurant to get two stars on this list, Sushi Masaki Saito provides a sushi experience like no other; their namesake chef imports fish exclusively from Japan and prepares exciting, bold dishes in a gorgeous restaurant.
Where: 88 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON, M5R 2H2.
Offering French cuisine with seafood delicacies tucked away in downtown Toronto, Chef Patrick Kriss, Rebekah Bruce, and the team at Alobar Yorkville have more than earned their Michelin Star. Enjoy choice selections paired with world class wines!
Where: 162 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON, M5R 1A8.
Voted the #1 Italian restaurant in the world outside of Italy, Don Alfonso 1890 offers world-class Italian food with one of the best views in the city. Chef Alfonso Iaccarino honours Italian classics with his signature, Michelin Star winning tasting menu.
Where: 1 Harbour Square 38th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5J 1A6.
Just off of King West, you’ll find Edulis, a husband-and-wife owned Michelin Star calibre restaurant (ranked #8 in all of Canada!) with a charming red house and a flower patio. The decor is lovely, and their Mediterranean multi-course menu will keep you coming back for more!
Where: 169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON, M5V 1C9.
Chef Bob Rossi, formerly of the critically acclaimed Bestellen, is the head chef and founder of Giulia, a sleek, authentic Italian eatery. Offering an expansive menu with a variety of authentic options (including a delicious $100 prix-fixe menu), Giulia has more than earned it’s Michelin Star.
Where: 134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON, M5R 2H6.
The only restaurant in Toronto offering traditional Mexican fare that has garnered a Michelin Star, Quetzal turns up the heat and serves incredible food. Enjoy duck breast, grilled octopus, and more delicacies cooked over open flames and hot coals!
Where: 419 College St, Toronto, ON, M5T 1T1.
Chef Daisuke Izutsu has cooked for the world’s elite, and if you’re lucky, you could be one of fifteen dining at his intimate, Michelin Star winning Yukashi restaurant. Enjoy incredible dishes made exclusively with seasonal items in one of Toronto’s best new restaurants!
Where: 643a Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON, M4S 2M9.
Part 2 will be coming soon!
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