In the Italian theatrical tradition of commedia dell’arte, Scaramouche (literally, skirmish) was a roguish clown, sly and adroit in navigating a complex world. That description could also apply to the cuisine of Scaramouche, a South Hill restaurant that seduces diners with bold takes on classic French dishes. It’s an appropriately romantic choice for an anniversary dinner, so book a table for two and set off on a culinary journey to France with the love of your life. Guide your sweetheart into the majestic space, where white tablecloths, blue accents, and a stunning panorama of the Toronto skyline give it a feeling of unparalleled luxury. Then peruse a menu that would make any Gallic expat proud. The chefs at Scaramouche are more focused on perfect technique than pushing boundaries, so guests can always expect consistently flawless French cuisine. For starters, share a decadent foie gras terrine, which comes with a side of sea salt brioche, then order a dozen oysters on the half shell, served with red wine mignonette. Entrees are as bold as the French character, so take advantage of the special occasion with a hearty filet mignon with bordelaise sauce, or roasted duck served with bacon-wrapped winter greens. You’ll both be swooning from the food and views by now, but don’t forget to top off the sumptuous meal with a shared slice of Scaramouche’s famous coconut cream pie, adorned with white chocolate shavings and rich, dark chocolate sauce. It’s so good that you might just purchase a whole pie to take with you. A love like yours deserves a celebration that lasts for days … or at least a few more hours.