#7 Splendido


When the Splendido/County General partners split, owner/chef Victor Barry kept Splendido, to its benefit. Chef Tommy McHugh, who cut his teeth under Joël Robuchon in London, continues to do great work. Although you can ask for a la carte items, the official menu is now tasting — 5 courses for $75 or a multi-course tasting for $125. I don’t like having to ask to go a la carte. But chef McHugh is a man of gastro-complexities: He cleverly roofs exotic truffle agnolotti with espresso foam (!). His Irish organic salmon sashimi is East/West fusion incarnate, a great play on seafood with crispy rice, avocado and nori. And for the carnivore, there is a ruby red striploin marbled like an Italian cathedral, juicy like a starlet, and decorated with a carnival of flavours: sweetbreads, porcini puree and veal jus. For dessert chef makes miracles with warm white chocolate and shortbread.

  • Splendido
  • 88 Harbord St., Toronto (map)
  • 416-929-7788
  • www.splendido.ca

  • Chef: Victor Barry, Tommy McHugh
  • Cuisine: Canadian,French,Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $150
  • Hours: Tues. to Thurs. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. to Sat. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner and brunch
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 600
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $40
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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