Well, Toronto. You will need to add a few more restaurants to your ‘must-visit’ list, because the second edition of the Michelin Guide has just been released. There are two new One Star Michelin restaurants in Toronto.
In terms of the big awards, the Michelin Stars in Toronto were awarded to:
- Restaurant 20 Victoria (One Star)
- Kappo Sato (One Star)
- Aburi Hana (Previous One Star)
- Alo (Previous One Star)
- Alobar Yorkville (Previous One Star)
- Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto (Previous One Star)
- Edulis (previous One Star)
- Enigma Yorkville (Previous One Star)
- Frilu (Previous One Star)
- Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto (Previous One Star)
- Osteria Giulia (Previous One Star)
- Quetzal (Previous One Star)
- Shoushin (Previous One Star)
- Yukashi (Previous One Star)
- Sushi Masaki Saito (Previous Two Star)
Additionally, the Outstanding Service Award went to the front of house team at Restaurant 20 Victoria. And David Schwartz (of Sunnys Chinese) won the Michelin Young Chef Award.
As well, there is The Michelin Green Star, which honours “restaurants at the forefront of practices committed to a more sustainable gastronomy.” For that, Frilu and White Lily Diner both took home the award.
“Since the inaugural selection in Toronto last year, we have seen and felt the momentum grow in this culinary community,” said Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the Michelin Guides.
“The passion, encouragement and determination has been evident, and we see the fruit of that labor today. We are very pleased to welcome Kappo Sato and Restaurant 20 Victoria into the family of MICHELIN-Starred restaurants. The famously anonymous Guide inspectors were also inspired by the commitment to sustainable gastronomy at Frilu and White Lily Diner.”
Last year, Toronto was announced as the first Canadian Michelin Guide destination, and the 6th in North America.
“Renowned for its multicultural neighbourhoods and global influences and home to around 7,500 restaurants, the MICHELIN Guide Toronto provides an opportunity to spotlight the city’s diverse and rich food scene and to support the recovery of the visitor economy,” read a statement by the Michelin Guide on September 27.
According to the Michelin Guide, “the food service industry is Canada’s fourth largest employer and one of the hardest hit industries by the global pandemic.”
The Guide’s selection process follows Michelin’s historical methodology, based on five universal criteria, to ensure each destination’s selection equity and that includes: “1) quality products; 2) the harmony of flavours; 3) the mastery of cooking techniques; 4) the personality of the chef as expressed in the cuisine; 5) consistency between each visit (each restaurant is inspected several times a year) and throughout the menu.”
Additionally, the Guide adds that “the famous One, Two and Three Stars identify establishments serving exceptional cuisine rich in flavour and infused with the personality of a talented chef,” and “The Bib Gourmand is a designation given to select restaurants that offer good quality food for good value.”
Get ready for long waits for those reservations!