Toronto has no shortage of amazing food and drink venues – you do not have to be a foodie to appreciate all the fantastic dining experiences our beautiful city has on offer. With so many options – how does one decide? If you are looking for something out of the ordinary for your next date night, check out these 5 incredibly unique establishments:
1. O. Noir – 620 Church St.
Dine in Complete Darkness. It is said that when we lose one of our senses that the others are heightened. If you are looking for a unique dining experience that will surprise and delight O. Noir is the place to go! With a dining room completely void of light, diners are taken through a 2 or 3 course culinary experience in the dark. Served and assisted by seeing-impaired staff, guests taste their way through surprise dishes and immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind experience. Two course meals start at $32 and there are two dinner services per evening. Reservations are recommended.
2. Gallery Grill. 7 Hart House Circle
Scrumptious Lunch/Brunch in a Historical Building. Enjoy a casual drink by the fireplace, or reserve a table in the beautiful dining hall in Hart House. Chef Suzanne Baby prepares comforting yet cosmopolitan lunch/brunch options that you can enjoy while you take in the views of the sculpture garden. With vaulted ceilings and hand-painted stained glass windows, this neo-gothic building is a unique lunch-time dining destination. Open to the public from September to June, reservations are recommended.
3. Auberge du Pommier. 4150 Yonge St.
Upscale French Dining in an Unexpected Spot. A tiny French restaurant set in two meticulously-restored woodcutter’s cottages from the 1860’s. Tucked away amongst the high-rises in North York, this little gem offers 5 star service and cuisine. Enjoy traditional French cuisine with fresh North American influences. Although this fine dining restaurant comes with fine dining price tags, most guests commend the restaurant for the high value they receive. If you are looking for a romantic escape in an unexpected place, this restaurant is a great choice. Reservations are necessary.
4. Mysteriously Yours. 2026 Yonge St.
Solve a Murder Mystery While You Dine. Taking ‘dinner and a show’ to a whole new level! Savour excellent food while you engage in a funny and smart interactive murder mystery. Mysteriously Yours is the world’s largest producer of murder mystery entertainment, so you know you are in for an unforgettable night. Whether you dine with two, or twenty-two, this experience is a great way to share laughs and great food with friends. Reservations are recommended.
5. Chill Ice House – 82 Bathurst St.
Enjoy Drinks in a Lounge Made of Ice. In case the winter was not cold enough already, why not enjoy a cocktail in a lounge completely made of ice? Chill Ice House provides a one-of-a-kind experience where visitors can put on complimentary capes and gloves and get together with friends to sip on drinks from cups made of – you guessed it – ice! The bar, walls, tables and seating are all made of ice as well. The lounge is kept at a cool – 5 degrees Celsius, so make sure to wear layers. If you are not a fan of the cold, the lounge is also connected to a (warm) speakeasy in the back where light snacks are available. Admission is $20 for adults and reservations are recommended.
Have you visited any of these establishments before? How was your experience? Let me know!