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Splendido

Description

Musical chefs has been the name of the game: When Acadia’s chef Matt Blondin left for Momofuku in spring 2012, Acadia owner Scott Selland stole Splendido chef Patrick Kriss. But fear not for the splendours of Splendido: Chef Tommy McHugh, who cut his teeth under Joël Robuchon in London and was sous-chef at Nota Bene, has taken Splendido’s food to a new high. The deceptively simple menu is a poor descriptor of McHugh’s gastro-complexities: His mushroom salad is a symphonic triumph of multiple woodland mushrooms zinged with sweet from Jerusalem artichoke chips and sour from pickled wild leeks. He cleverly roofs unctuous pumpkin agnolotti with espresso foam (!). His cold-smoked Irish organic salmon is innovation incarnate, a great play on seafood: squid ink foam, blackened cuttlefish and cuttlefish tempura. 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: smoked brisket as rich as pork belly, baby veg, both bordelaise and béarnaise sauce, and a ribbon of onion jam puree. For dessert one ought not miss the deconstructed entertainment of chocolate, caramel and peanut cake/mousse/ice cream and crumble. Now if only they would fix the service: One evening we wait half an hour for bread while the maitre d’ is fawning over regulars at the next table.

This Year's Rank
18
Last Year's Rank
11
Address
88 Harbord Street
City
Toronto
Province
Ontario
Postal Code
M5S 1G5
Neighbourhood
Harbord
Phone
416-929-7788
URL
http://www.splendido.ca
Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 5 - 10pm
Cuisine
Canadian,French,Italian
Price Range
200
Cost
$320.00
Chef Name
Tommy McHugh
Year Opened
1991
Reservations
Required
Meals
Dinner
Vegetarian Friendly
yes
Vegetarian Friendly
Yes
Signature Dish
Foie gras parfait
Signature Dessert
Desserts change seasonally
Credit Cards Accepted
AmEx, Mastercard, Visa
Bring Your Own Bottle
yes
Bring Your Own Bottle
Yes
Wines Available
600
Corkage Fee
$30
Sommelier
Matt Roulston
Winterlicious/Summerlicious Participant
No
Private Party Areas
Yes
Wheelchair Accessible - Filter
Yes
Wheelchair Accessible
Yes
Patio
no
Patio
No
Dress Code
Smart casual
Closest Automated Banker Machine
Spadina & Harbord
Closest Parking
Street & valet parking available
Latitude
43.663021
Longitude
-79.402854
Brunch
no
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