There are only a few days left of TIFF and if you hope to take part in festivities to the fullest degree then you can’t miss out on the themed drinks and food being whipped up in honour of the prestigious fest.
The world-renowned film event runs until the 18th and the city has been buzzing with celebrities, once again.
From the most exquisite themed cocktails to bold flavourful menus, there are some Toronto restaurants that have created themed menus for all to enjoy.
Here are a few restos offering TIFF-themed food and drinks you can indulge:
Would you like more popcorn on your croissant? The Bisha’s French Made cafe has a limited edition Extra Buttery Popcorn Croissant for the remainder of TIFF. This sweet and buttery croissant is filled with butter popcorn diplomat cream, a combination of pastry cream and stabilized whipped cream. To top it all off, it’s then dipped in white chocolate and garnished with caramel popcorn.
Just look at how flakey it is! Mouthwatering to say the least. it’s priced at $6.50. Grab yours before TIFF ends.
Go big or go home! The culinary crew at the Shangri-La has composed a series of Tiff-inspired delights from cocktails to Afternoon teas. This special will be available for all starting September 8.
We’re talkin’ elevated takes on movie snack classics like a delightful spin on peanut butter cups and the Mars bars, honeycomb caramel popcorn, fois gras donuts, napoleon of nachos, the classic Shangri-La scones, and more.
As for drinks, they’ve created nine unique boozy drinks from extravagant to simple choices. Just look at those drinks! For the full TIFF menu, click here.
Eat and drink like the stars at EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace, at the Ritz-Carlton downtown Toronto. This year, during TIFF, EPOCH is offering three speciality cocktails to indulge in the theme of films. They include: Film Noir (Activated Charcoal, Tanqueray, Sake, Yuzu, Liquid Nitrogen); Tanqueray Ten, sake, and yuzu come together with activated charcoal and liquid nitrogen to create an elegant cocktail aptly named Film Noir, a nod to the cinema of a past EPOCH; El Mariachi (Don Julio 1942, Mezcal Tepetzate, Agave, Aztec Bitters, Ice Globe); Don Julio 1942 and Mezcal Tepeztate combine with chocolate bitters and agave syrup held in an ice sphere to create an Old Fashioned for the future EPOCH; and Midnight in Paris (Dom Pérignon, Hennessy) Dom Pérignon and Hennessy XO, along with a Zalto Universal, elevates the classic French ’75 to the ultimate luxury for our current EPOCH.
EPOCH is also featuring some culinary specials including the Uni Toast, featuring Hokkaido Uni, Smoked Eel and Caviar, and Surf & Turf Royale made with Dungeness Crab, A5 Wagyu Filet, and Shaved Foie Gras.
The Italian trattoria and home to the hotel’s illustrious Cheese Cave at the Ritz-Carlton, TOCA will also have special dishes that include Carpaccio di Gamberi Rosso, Risotto all’Aragosta and Wagyu Tagliata.
If you’re in Yorkville, check out Eataly’s Daria Nicolodi, a special cocktail offered from September 8 to 18 at Trattoria Milano, Eataly Toronto’s northern Italian-inspired restaurant on the second floor.
According to the Eataly team, “The Daria Nicolodi cocktail is an ode to the iconic Italian film actress and screenwriter of the same name, best known for her starring roles in several of Dario Argento’s horror films between 1975 and 1987. With its dark amber colour from the Amaro Lucano, cognac, and port, this cocktail has a rich, round flavour that’s perfect to get you in the movie night mood.”
Over TIFF this year, Wahlburgers on Blue Jays Way is upping the ante with their new SURF ‘N TURF BURGER. “Nothing says luxury more than lobster (at least when it comes to food!),” says Wahlburgers. “With this burger guests can enjoy the 5 oz Wahlburgers fresh beef patty they know and love, topped with lobster meat, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and our housemade lemon chive mayo.”
This festival-feature is only available for dine in.
Eat like Hollywood royalty at Minami for TIFF. The beloved King Street resto has an exclusive premium dish called The Final C.U.T, inspired by a “movie director’s final cut where only the best is presented.” The dish features caviar, uni, and truffle aka C.U.T. This temaki set includes the three premium dishes, sushi rice, nori sheets, and condiments. It’s priced at $400. Exclusive, premium, and expensive!
Minami also has a seafood option that’s nicer to your wallet. This dish features Saikyo soy and miso-based sablefish garnished with a green onion ash, a gruyere cheese sauce, shiso pickled corn salsa, a yuzu cream foam, and Hokkaido scallops.
Last but certainly not least, Minami has a special Wagyu Trio featuring Nigiri, roll, and gunkan. As for drinks, there’s a special TIFF inspired cocktail at Minami – Buena Vista. It features Sugar Kiss Melon infused Casamigos Anejo, Japenese Niwa No Uguisu 50 Junmai Daiginjo, Bergamot, fresh lemon, lime, and egg white.
According to Minami, the name was inspired “by a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios and reflects the whimsical plating of the cocktail inspired by films such as Beauty and the Beast.”
When it comes to TIFF offerings, Flora Lounge is coming in strong with variety. Dish offerings include an Asparagus Caesar Salad from Eat, Pray, Love, Royale with Cheese inspired by Pulp Fiction, and Ratatouille inspired by the movie. These three menu items are available from September 5 to 18.
When it comes to cocktails, there are four to choose from. Amity Island named after Jaws, is composed of Vodka with blue curacao, aloe vera juice, lemon juice, and fever tree elderflower tonic; Sunset Blvd based on Hollywood’s most iconic street, features Bombay Sapphire Gin and Passionfruit Puree, fresh lime juice, and a splash of beau’s local organic; Something You Said Last Night named after the Canadian film debuting at TIFF, composed of reposado, watermelon, and lime juice. For those who like the splurge, try Flora Lounge’s 5 Stars.
This $1,000 drink features botanist gin Infused with black truffle, Madagascar vanilla, citron caviar simple syrup, cristal champagne, and edible gold glitter. To make it even better, part of the proceeds of this cocktail will be donated to charity.