Adventures in dining — the many flavours of Toronto

Five Toronto CPAs share their favourite restaurants in the city.

Dining in Toronto is a culinary adventure, with an abundance of flavours around every corner. To fully experience the city, five local CPAs share their favourite bistros, hidden gems and best places to entertain.

Table 17

Table 17 is a wine bar and bistro whose menu marries local ingredients with a European flair. Thomas Grady, director of finance and operations at Giffin Koerth, recommends its “juicy steak frites,” but it’s the arancino hot balls that have people talking. These crunchy, deep-fried risotto balls, stuffed with spiced lamb or shiitake mushrooms and Fontina cheese, turn first-time customers into loyal patrons.

Dinner for two: $100 with bottle of wine

782 Queen St. East

Rose and Sons

Rose and Sons is quite simply Americana with a Canadian twist. Nostalgic at heart, it takes family fare and makes it extraordinary.

The menu is stocked with items that make even the most ardent foodie stop and admire the unique interpretation of classics. Case in point: the patty melt burger-grilled cheese. Lawrence Nisker, owner of Lawrence K. Nisker Professional Corp., prefers the chicken club-bacon sandwich, but he, along with other patrons, “enjoys sampling the eclectic menu and appreciates the distinctive approach to food.”

Dinner for two: $50

176 Dupont St.

Queen's Pasta Café

Queen's Pasta Café is popular with locals for its homemade pasta, relaxed atmosphere and fresh approach to traditional Italian cuisine. Its signature butternut squash agnolotti can be found on the tip of many tongues at this popular spot. The café’s creamy, cheesy baked farfalle draws Joanne Azevedo- Vaz, director of finance at ADP, and, as she attests, “no one ever leaves hungry.”

Dinner for two: $85 with wine

2263 Bloor St. West

Scaramouche

Award-winning Scaramouche has more than 30 years of experience providing luxury and culinary excellence to its guests. Its contemporary cuisine, deeply rooted in French tradition, is a favourite among loyal patrons. Scaramouche offers a “succulent roast lamb and a spectacular view of Toronto’s skyline,” says sole practitioner Paul Wong. Attention to detail and first-rate service ensure that every visit is a night to remember.

Dinner for two: $175 to $225 with wine

One Benvenuto Place

Auberge du Pommier

Auberge du Pommier is a grande dame of fine dining in Toronto. Its French cuisine has received international acclaim and it is famed for the cuisses de grenouille, tempura of frog legs, and porcelet, a suckling pig. Regis Joseph, financial controller of logistics at Labatt Breweries of Canada, recommends the “foie gras with a pairing of Bordeaux” from the 500-label wine cellar.

Dinner for two: $200 with bottle of wine

4150 Yonge St.

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