The Spend A Lot list is Joanne’s sky’s-the-limit guide to dining in the big city.

#3 Scaramouche Restaurant

Scaramouche Restaurant

It’s still the most elegant restaurant in town. We love the deluxe ambiance, the smoother-than-silk service, and of course the impeccable food. The cuisine is a complex mix of classic and modern. Like big fat scallops with jazzy relish of Meyer lemon, olive and pistachio and shaved raw veg grace notes. And superbly moist house-pickled pastrami with a side of foie gras mousse on toast with a designer salad of toasted hazelnuts with dots of prune puree beside endive and poached pears. Clever combos. Who else slightly smokes fresh sturgeon and set sits snowy perfection atop spaetzle with trumpet mushrooms and pickled apple? Or serves tender quail with foie gras and other fab fixings anointed with orange hazelnut picada? It’s not trendy, but for a Big Night Out where better than the soothing pleasure palace on the hill.

  • Scaramouche Restaurant
  • 1 Benvenuto Pl., Toronto (map)
  • 416-961-8011

  • Chef: Keith Froggett, Carolyn Reid
  • Cuisine: French
  • Cost of dinner for two: $175
  • Hours: Mon. to Sat. 5:30 p.m. to close
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 250+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $35
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Entire venue can be rented Sundays
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Complimentary valet parking
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