This extended hot weather streak in Toronto may have you putting down your pots and pans and running from your kitchen to protest the warm cooking conditions. If you can’t stand the heat in your kitchen, Summerlicious in Toronto, which opened July 6, 2012, can help you make it through these dog days of summer. An eclectic variety of Toronto’s restaurants from high-end to moderately- and reasonably-priced will be participating again this summer by offering prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus. Summerlicious runs until July 22. Here are some menus worth checking out.
Boehmer, 93 Ossington Ave., 416-531-3800, $45 dinner
Boehmer has one of the most stylish interiors on the popular Ossington strip and the food is consistently good.
Potato Rosti OR Forest Mushroom Soup OR Mixed Organic Greens
Grilled Hangar Steak with Frites OR Pan Roasted White Fish with Wild Rice Mushroom Pilaf OR Chive Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Baby Spinach
Banana Bread Pudding OR Lemon Semifreddo with Blueberry Compote OR Devil’s Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse
Oliver and Bonacini Café Grill, Bayview Village, 416-590-1300, $25 dinner (also serving $15 lunch)
Oliver and Bonacini’s Café Grill is always packed with Bayview Village shoppers. This menu is worth the price for the Ontario pickerel entrée alone.
Smoked Salmon Pâté OR Sweet Pea and Avocado Soup OR Romaine Salad with Apple and Walnuts OR Grilled Lamb Kofta and Organic Quinoa Tabouleh
Baked Ontario Pickerel OR Chicken Breast and Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad OR Boccole Pasta with Cauliflower, Raisin and Pine Nuts
Carrot Cake OR Lemon Panna Cotta OR Strawberry Pavlova with Vanilla Cream
The Shore Club, 155 Wellington St. W., 416-351-3311, $45 dinner (also serving $25 lunch)
The Shore Club has been making waves; here’s a chance to see what all the hype is about.
Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad OR Red Snaper Ceviche OR Chilled Corn Soup
New York Striploin OR Grilled Halibut OR Mediterranean Polenta Cake
Beluga Lentils OR Crab Coquette OR Polenta Fries
Terrine of Sorbet OR Keylime Cheesecake OR Chocolate Crème Brulée
Maléna, 120 Avenue Rd., 416-964-0606, $35 dinner
Serving Mediterranean fare in its cozy quarters, Maléna has developed a cult following from the Annex set since it opened a few years ago due to its superior execution of seafood dishes.
Cucumber and Radish Salad OR Atlantic Fluke Crudo OR Gazpacho Bianco OR Prawn and Zucchini Fritters
Grilled Market Fish OR Handmade Gnochetti OR Spaghetti Carbonara OR House Made Beef Sausage
Raspberry and Chocolate Parfait OR Lemon Semifreddo OR Gelato Affogato