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SPLENDIDO, Toronto, Ontario
Chef/owner: Victor Barry
Website: www.splendido.ca. Cuisine: Contemporary French and Italian.
Telephone: 416-929-7788. Twitter: @Splendido_TO
2015 Rank: 6
2014 Rank: 38
2013 Rank: 51
2012 Rank: 14
Price Range: $39-$45 for main courses; $125 for tasting menu.
You Must Order: Roasted Rack of Lamb ($45)
Need to Know … from Fine-dining aficionado Peter Faist: “Simply the best Canada currently has to offer. After many years of being one of the best restaurants in Toronto (if not the best), Splendido upped its game beginning in the summer of 2014, offering tasting menus only, and focusing on a journey of the Canadian culinary landscape, incorporating various components from several ethnic cuisines representative of Canada. The result is the finest dining Canada has to offer, exceeding 1-star Michelin restaurants in North America, equalling 2-star, and even competing with some 3-star establishments. Victor Barry's kitchen is now a well-oiled machine, putting out some dazzling and exceptional plates. You would be remissed not to dine here when in Toronto, should the opportunity arise, and a specific trip to Toronto just to dine at Splendido would be recommended.”
Fine-dining aficionado Howard Levitt says: “It is the closest Canada has to a three-star Michelin restaurant. Victory Barry is at the top of his game and inventing brilliant, French- and Asian-inspired tasting menus nightly.”
Vacay.ca Deputy Editor Rod Charles says: ”A sweet culinary journey with several unique and delightful dishes. You will love the tasting menu.”