This March Break, Travel the World
Dreaming of a week-long vacation peppered with indulgent eats and late-afternoon cocktails? Wishing you could roam the Italian countryside in search of the perfect trattoria? Itching to refuel after a day of sightseeing with the perfect crêpe or pain au chocolat?
If you can’t get away for March Break this year, you can still be transported to some of the most wanderlust-worthy destinations while staying right here in the city. By travelling Toronto’s rich culinary scene through taste, embark on a journey around the world by embracing the unique flavours and aromas of The Big Smoke’s diverse melting pot.
From the sidewalks of Paris to bustling night markets, each satiating stop tells the story of the culture in which it is rooted. A mecca for international cuisine, join us as we embark on a journey around the world without a trip to the airport, honouring the traditions, stories and memories evoked by the creations of Toronto’s top chefs.
First Stop: South America
Showcasing the vibrant essence of South American cooking with unique Spanish and Italian influences, Leña’s stylish design, warm character and lively music will instantly transport you to Argentina and beyond. Enjoy small plates like Lala’s spicy fried ‘bravas’ potatoes and coveted gaucho empanadas or dig into albacore tuna tartare, grilled whole branzino or veal milanesa. Don’t forget the churros and alfajores for dessert!
Next Up: Italy
Delivering freshly extruded and handmade pasta that takes inspiration from the beloved recipes Chef Andrew Piccinin learned from his nonna, Parcheggio is an escape to the rolling hills of the Italian countryside with the hospitality to match. Devour a delicately crispy plate of fritto misto or succulent limoncello-cured salmon. Twirl your way through a plate of tagliatelle Bolognese or seafood papardelle and savour the familiar flavours of a classic chicken Parmigiana. To finish, cannoli and tiramisu are a must!
On y va!: France
Francophiles can enjoy a taste of refined French fare at Auberge du Pommier’s cozy North York haven offering a slice of haute cuisine-inspired indulgence. Linger over Chef Doug Penfold’s menu dégustation, a multi-course ode to classic French fare, or uncover new favourites as you peruse items à la carte. Downtown, Biff’s Bistro offers 1930s Paris meets fresh London cool with a tribute to Old World cuisine, hospitality and style. Try the esacargot de Bourgogne and canard confit or treat yourself to a three-course prix fixe and savour the rich flavours of coq au vin. For a neighbourhood bistro feel in St. James Town, Maison Selby features reimagined French classics with a modern twist. Tucked away downstairs, Sous Sol is an underground speakeasy and romantic cocktail bar that is perfectly Paris after dark.
Fourth stop: China
Inspired by the cuisine of his childhood married with his grandfather’s dim sum, Chef Eric Chong pays tribute to traditional Asian flavours and beloved Canadian dishes at R&D. The modern eatery in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown serves up creative plates like French onion spring rolls, foie gras sou and torched king salmon plus large offerings like its highly sought-after whole roasted Pekin duck, dubbed ‘the best duck in the city’.
Final Stop: Canada’s Backyard
Reaching far and wide, why not explore the bounty of our very own backyard with a taste of true Canadian cuisine? At Canoe, enjoy one of the city’s best views while discovering Executive Chef Ron McKinlay’s eight-course tasting menu and culinary voyage through the Great White North. Working closely with farmers and suppliers to source the finest ingredients from across the nation, dishes are inspired by our country’s diverse landscape with the option of accompanying wine pairings.
Whatever your appetite, explore O&B’s endless culinary offerings and be transported to the March Break destination of your choosing in a matter of bites. The best part is, you can leave your suitcase at home! Safe travels!