#41 Woodlot

Woodlot

Woodlot has matured into a kitchen in 100% control of everything it does. They’ve gone from barnyard chic and slightly downscale sincerity to grand cuisine — but still local and farmhouse funky. Their wood-fired oven turns out both white and dark red fife bread with terrific crust and crumb, with very snazzy butter. The menu changes seasonally but look for the best tourtieres ever — gossamer puff pastry enclosing gorgeously seasoned venison, pork and beef, with homemade ketchup. Their fish is wonderful, impeccably sourced and carefully cooked; sides are never an after-thought. A pilaf of barley with bacon, apple turnip glaze and celery root is almost more fun than the main event. Pastas are similarly blessed with delicate complexity, starters like cheddar stuffed gougeres pastry recall the glory days of French cooking.


  • Woodlot
  • 293 Palmerston Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 647-342-6307
  • www.woodlotrestaurant.com

  • Chef: David Haman
  • Sous Chef: Tim Steele
  • Cuisine: Canadian,Seasonal
  • Cost of dinner for two: $100
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 3 p.m. to close
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Bread sales, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 70+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Green P and other lots nearby
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