Toronto is definitely a food mecca and if you’re a foodie like myself, you will be in heaven. Every year Toronto has two food festivals happening: Winterlicious and Summerlicious. The festivals began in 2003 and have steadily increased in popularity thanks to the three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners at affordable prices. Currently the prices are $23, $28 or $33 for lunch and $33, $43 or $53 for dinner, with drinks and gratuity extra. If you’re in the Toronto area, you can check out the Winterlious website and choose from over 200 restaurants.
Located in the heart of Yorkville, Sassafraz is one of the best restaurants in Toronto and offers quality, French-inspired Canadian cuisine. I’ve gone to this restaurant two times and each time, I’m impressed. The staff was attentive and friendly. The food was stellar as usual.
This time for lunch, I ordered escargots and bacon skillet for the appetizer; Paccheri Pasta with smoked chicken and oyster mushrooms for the entree; and cheesecake with chocolate ganache. Rather than drown out the escargot flavour with cheese, the dish was made with simple ingredients: bacon, heirloom tomatoes and garlic butter sauce. I rather enjoyed the simplicity of the escargots with the butter garlic sauce. The bacon enhances the flavour of the escargots. I could do without the sage hazelnut pesto on the grilled baguette though. I thought the Paccheri Pasta with smoked chicken was divine. The portion was just right and I enjoyed the rich mushroom flavour of the porcini cream enhanced by the herbed ricotta. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and admired the elegant presentation of all the dishes.
Winterlicious is indeed a foodie’s paradise. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s something for everyone.
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