Best First Date Restaurants in Toronto

Cava at Yonge & St. Clair #WorldInMyCity ~Andorra

Andorra is a tiny little country nestled between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. Escudella is often referred to as Andorra's national dish. We wanted to eat traditional escudella for the Andorra stop, and while it wasn't readily available on any Toronto restaurant menus, we found a few spots that were willing to put their chefs to the test and put it on their Saturday evening menu. Typically eaten in winter, this dish is a big meaty hearty stew that will make meat-lovers very happy. We found the perfect place to make us escudella... Cava at Yonge and St. Clair. A restaurant that proudly invites diners to "Just Let Us Cook For You" is exactly what we needed. And you should definitely let Cava cook for you... look at what came to the table leading up to the main star of the dinner...

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Escudella means bowl and it is traditionally cooked up for family gatherings like a Christmas feast. It's a huge stew prepared as a one-pot winter meal, with a variety of vegetables and a selection of different meats such as veal, meatballs, chicken, pig snout/trotters, and delicious butifarra sausage which is a very juicy pork sausage that is an important part of Catalan cuisine. Even though it was a beautiful mild April evening, we were very happy to see this steaming hot stew arrive at the table. It was perfect.

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It was served with lovely vegetables that were a crisp and fresh complement to all that hot, juicy, delicious meat.

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It never fails to amaze me how even after eating an enormous amount of savoury hearty food, you can still have room for something sweet, like churros con chocolate.

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Thanks Andorra... you inspired a wonderfully creative meal and thank you Cava for doing the research into the dish and making it for us. Cava is located at 1560 Yonge Street near St. Clair, and it has the loveliest patio I can't wait to return to this summer. It was incredible! Rosie :)

Cava Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Good Son | Queen West

What a gem The Good Son is! Cozy, inviting decor with a wall of grandfather clocks, varnished wood tables and a stunning vintage chandelier that gives a warm glow to the dining area (a good chandelier gets me every time.) The wood oven baked pizzas do not disappoint. I had heard lots of good things about the prosciutto one and it was perfect- crispy and flavourful topped with mascarpone, arugula and roasted tomato.

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Chef Vittorio Colacitti was at lots of top Toronto restaurants including Lucien and Pizzeria Via Mercanti before opening The Good Son. Top Chef superfans like me will remember him from season four of Top Chef Canada. What a lovely addition to Queen West in the location that Nyood used to occupy. Rosie :)

The Good Son Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Richmond Station | Downtown Toronto

Carl Heinrich, winner of Season 2 of Top Chef Canada, opened Richmond Station in 2012. It's downtown in Toronto's financial district at 1 Richmond Street West. He has turned his restaurant into a winner exactly like he won Top Chef- by focusing on the ingredients and keeping it simple and delicious. Every year during Nuit Blanche we make Richmond Station our stop for edible art. Some highlights from 2016 include the lamb crochette:

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Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie | Distillery District

Restaurants in the Distillery District really have a duty to live up to their picturesque surroundings. When you walk on lovely cobblestone past beautifully restored storefronts and popular public art like the love lock installation, when you finally sit down to dinner it really better be good. Cluny Bistro is lovely inside and out and the food is as good as it looks. Start with the salt cod doughnuts- they are light, tasty and delicious.

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