Toronto's First Michelin Stars

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What is the Michelin Guide?

Don't feel bad if you don't know what the Michelin guide is! Especially Canadian readers....we did not have this restaurant guide to refer to until now.

The Michelin guide is a book that originally was distributed at gas stations in France in 1900 to notify drivers where hotels, restaurants, tire repair and mechanic locations were.

Brothers Edouard and Andre Michelin, the authors and famous Michelin car tire manufacturers upgraded the guide with a review system for restaurants and hotels as the popularity increased for these sections by readers in the 1920s.

Stars were given to restaurants with top notch criteria. One, two or three stars would allow readers to decide where to dine.


Although our exceptional chefs in Toronto have been worthy for a long time, we have finally been recognized by this world renowned rating system.


"Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the World" - The Culture Trip


Toronto's First 13 Michelin Star Restaurants


2 Michelin Stars:


Sushi Masaki Saiko

Cuisine: Japanese

Address: 88 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2H2


In the Michelin review they mention that Chef Masaki gets his rice from Niigata Perfecture in Japan. If you have seen the movie "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" you will know how eminently important it is to have the best possible ingredients to outshine any competition.

In Japan, Niigata prefecture is famous their superior quality rice and is the nations No. 1 brand.


Congratulations Chef Masaki on being the only inaugural Toronto Chef that acquired 2 Michelin Stars



1 Michelin Star


Edulis

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Address: 169 Niagara St., Toronto,

M5V 1C9, Canada


With their menu changing with the seasons, the Michelin guide mentions their roasted young chicken dish. The neighborhood Bistro is owned by Tobey Nemeth and her husband Michael Caballo. Their heart and soul for fresh ingredients, attention to detail and the art of eating.


Congratulations Tobey and Michael on your Michelin Star!





Quetzal

Cuisine: Mexican

Address: 419 College St., Toronto,

M5T 1T1, Canada


Inspired by Mexican traditions and upscale excellence, Quetzal cooks authentically in a 26 foot long wood burning grill. The Michelin guide mentions their Lamb barbacoa.

Barbacoa is slow cooked meat, typically the tougher cuts. Chef Steven Molnar brines for 24 hours, marinates for 48 hours

cooking in the wood oven replicates the traditional pit cooking of Barbacoa.


Congratulations to the team at Quetzal! You are just as divine and precious as the Aztec Symbol itself.


Alo

Cuisine: French

Address: 163 Spadina Ave., Toronto, M5V 2L6, Canada


The Michelin Guide mentions that although there is a European and Asian fusion at the forefront, Chef Patrick Kriss also cooks French classics like Dover sole with caviar beurre blanc.

Dover Sole has a rare and unique flavour; mild and sweet and can win the palate of a non fish eater!


Congratulations to Chef Patrick and the team at Alo Food Group. Well Done!



Osteria Giulia

Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Address: 134 Avenue Rd., Toronto,

M5R 2H6, Canada


Liguria is a region of North Western Italy. Known for it's crescent coastline the Italian Riviera. The Michelin Guide mentions that Chef Rob Rossi narrows in on the famous seafood traditions of Liguria for the dishes they tried.


Chef Rob is a successful seasoned restaurant owner, was a runner up in the first season of Top Chef and the star of TLN's "The Chef's Bar"


Congratulations Chef Rob and the team at Osteria Giulia! BRAVO!


Alobar Yorkville

Cuisine: French, Seafood


Address:162 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A8

Chef de Cuisine is a title that means leader of the Kitchen. This role is responsible for managing daily operations, overseeing the kitchen staff, interacting with suppliers, and menu planning. Meet Rebekah Bruce, the Chef de Cuisine at Alobar Yorkville. Alobar is part of the Alo Food Group.


The Michelin Guide found a mentionable French dessert,

mille-feuille that I might just have to try myself, but there was an overall sense of a warm and friendly vibe and outstanding hospitality in their review.


Yorkville is a Street in Toronto that is dear to my heart as a Salsa dancer, I was there every weekend at a restaurant/nightclub in the early 2000s every Friday.


Congratulations Chef Patrick Kriss and Chef de Cuisine Rebekah Bruce.


Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto

Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary


Address: 1 Harbour Sq., Toronto,

M5J 1A6, Canada


Immersed in the Farm-to-table movement, Chef Alfonso Iacccarino and his team are passionate about fresh ingredients and the beautiful culture of Italian food and Wine. The Michelin Guide mentions their vibrant Agnolotti a stuffed pasta similar to Tortellini among other mouth-watering dishes. Chef Don Alfonso has previously earned 2 Michelin stars from his restaurant location in Italy.


Congratulations to Chef Alfonso, the team at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto and your families. Blessings.


Aburi Hana

Cuisine: Japanese


Address: 102 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, M5R 1B9, Canada


Offering a Kyō-Kaiseki culinary experience, Executive Chef Ryusuke Nakagawa has earned 1 Michelin Star for his standard of excellence. This sounds like my kind of restaurant, several small courses full of flavour, excitement and artistry. According to the Michelin Guide, each course out did the next.


Congratulations Chef Ryusuke and the team at Aburi Hana!


Enigma Yorkville

Cuisine: Modern European


Address: 23 St. Thomas St., Toronto, M5S 3E7, Canada


Chef Quinton Bennett is no stranger to accolades & Michelin Stars. Born in South Africa, he brings his expertise to Toronto, after acquiring skills in the UK and Denmark. The guide describes Enigma as an elaborate experience.


The cuisine at Enigma prides itself on fresh, seasonal ingredients from local and abroad. Dine in this gloriously designed restaurant and be intrigued by their blind tasting menu.


Congratulations to the team at Enigma Yorkville!


Yukashi

Cuisine: Japanese


Address:643 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, M4S 2M9, Canada


The Michelin guide comments on Chef Daisuke Izutsu's Otsukuri. The filleted fish is accompanied with delicate delicious intricacies and artistry on a beautiful white marble platter. In 2019 Toronto Life Magazine mentions that he cannot live without his knives, and they are like an extension of himself! It takes some effort to get a seat at Yukashi...so start planning now!


Congratulations to the team at Yukashi!



Shoushin

Cuisine: Japanese


Address: 3328 Yonge St., Toronto, M4N 2M4, Canada


Chef Jackie Lin's cuisine is Edomae style sushi. Master chefs are keen on continuing this tradition of sushi making. During the Samurai era 1603-1868 there was a Castle called Edo Castle. Any seafood caught from Edo bay that can be seen from the castle came to be called Edomae cuisine.

Shoushin's fish is imported from Japan for authenticity and excellence.

The Michelin Guide's review was riddled with a flavour experience that keeps you reading and ready to reserve a table!


Congratulations on your Michelin Star Chef Jackie Lin, and the team at Shoushin.


Frilu

Cuisine: Contemporary


Address:7713 Yonge St., Toronto, L3T 2C4, Canada


Experiencing internship in 3 Michelin Star "Benu" in San Fransisco, Chef John Vincent Troiano is in his zone at Frilu. Along with head Chef So Sakata, this restaurant is described as a Canadian landscape with some Asian influenced techniques. The Michelin guide says that this "tiny space is packed with talent". Fresh food from their own farm and both chefs work perfectly with their team to perfect flavours and hospitality.


Congratulations on your Michelin Star!



Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto

Cuisine: Japanese


Address:6 Garamond Ct., Toronto, M3C 1Z5, Canada


Kaiseki means a ritual Japanese meal with small portions and artistic presentation. Providing the best Kaiseki Haute Cuisine experience in Canada we applaud Chef Masaki Hashimoto on his Michelin Star.


The Michelin Guide comments on an unforgettable radish crane and the Chef's ability to understand the palate, entertaining rich and bold flavours as well as fresh and light ones.


Congratulations Chef Masaki Hashimoto on your Michelin Star.



Conclusion

With respect to our wonderfully diverse country, I am proud to share the 13 first Toronto winners of the Michelin Star Guide. There are so many restaurants to discover here, that can transport you to another country and culture.

This review system is new to Toronto, but just like the chefs highlighted here, it is no stranger to the Culinary world. There is immense talent, experience and wisdom to be celebrated. So go out and enjoy these incredible restaurants and make new memories.


Stay Sweet- Cha Cha Romero








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