If you’re the kind of couple that loves to wine and dine, Valentine’s Day is your night to shine. Toronto’s celebrity chefs have designed elegant meals that are worthy of even your discriminating tastes. Check out these recommendations for the top Valentine’s Day menus for gourmet-loving duos.
The Carbon Bar
How about crispy frog legs topped with BBQ dust? No need to go traditional (read: boring) in your Valentine’s Day menus. The Carbon Bar, a chic joint serving elevated homestyle food, doesn’t mess around with white-gloved waiters or fussy decor. It’s all sleek giant booths and high – very high – ceilings, where you can roll in wearing your favourite plaid shirt and feel right at home. Walk in, dig the lively vibe, and be sure to check that winter coat: Their meaty mains come served with incredible sauces (like chipotle mayo and tangy BBQ) on the side, and you might get a little messy. It’s the ultimate carnivore’s delight with a pit master platter topped with tender pork ribs, smokey beef brisket, juicy fried chicken, and blackened sea bass. You know those fancy meals that leave you hungry afterwards? This won’t be like that.
Le Select Bistro
Or, maybe a giant platter of ribs is a bit too non-traditional for you on Valentine’s Day. If you want something with a classic-but-cool French style, take the Spadina Avenue streetcar to Le Select Bistro, the downtown fix for Parisian palates. In the heart of King West, step into a more romantic era with café-style seats and walls plastered in vintage French art posters. Get an early start on Valentine’s Day with the elegant prix fixe brunch menu. Indulge in rich lobster bisque, while you steal tastes of your date’s apple-stuffed French toast. Sip mimosas and Bellinis made with fresh juice and sparkling white wine. The only thing better would be a trip to Paris.
More casual, but still crafted for refined tastes, the Habits Gastropub‘s Valentine’s Day menu will be one of your favourite meals this year. You’ll feel instantly at home in the brick-walled restaurant with cozy lighting and beautiful reclaimed wood tables. The inventive, unexpected Valentine’s meal starts off with wild funghi salad, then moves onto grouper with zippy parsnip purée and tenderloin with herbed-maple sunchokes. For dessert, you can feed each other ganache truffles and fresh fruit while grooving to the jazzy stylings if the Chris Platt trio. Renowned cuisine, chocolate, soft music – what else do you need?