Sunday, July 21, 2019

A European Summer in Toronto

~ A few of my favourite underrated restaurants and patios in 
Toronto with a European feel ~
I love discovering hidden gems in Toronto and sharing them with you guys. During my walks around the city, I've stumbled on countless undiscovered restaurants with beautiful decor and delicious cuisines. In this series, I'm sharing some my favourite underrated European restaurants that will transport you across the Atlantic. Enjoy! 

Maison Selby
592 Sherbourne St

Maison Selby is what Parisian dreams are made of, and the interior itself is worth the visit. But don't get me wrong, while the stunning decor drew me in, the eggs benny and co. had me overstaying my welcome.  
The brunch here was an absolute delight, and the almond croissants are to-die-for. I've been back several times since my first visit in May, and the cravings just grow stronger. I'm serious, I crave the almond croissants  e v e r y - s i n g l e - d a y. 
Oh, and I'm sure you could tell, it's a blogger's paradise. Totally insta-friendly. 

Dessert Lady | Cafe & Bakery  
1 Sultan St

Stumbled upon this cafe last summer and it's become a personal favourite for their avocado grilled cheese and house made gelato. Located in a quiet nook on the outskirts of Yorkville, there's not much going on around here, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing meal on the outdoor patio.  

Piccolina Gelato 
85 Portland St
This little gelato shop has the creamiest and most delicious gelato and a dainty little outdoor patio that stands out near the corner of Portland and King St. Try the pistachio, you won't be disappointed!

Auberge du Pommier 
4150 Yonge St
Currently wishing I was on a European getaway, but Auberge du Pommier is the next best thing. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the outdoor terrace, and it's quite unbelievable that this French paradise is situated right here in Toronto. 
The food here can only be described as exquisite, with bursts of complex flavour in each bite. I had a chance to try the Summerlicious menu, and everything from the fresh lemonade to the clafoutis was delicious. While some of the Summerlicious items are only available for a limited time, I guarantee that you'll enjoy anything you select from the lunch or dinner menu. 

Donatello Restaurant 
37 Elm St
Donatello's is a new favourite Italian spot of mine, with a super cute authentic feel. They have a romantic interior, outdoor seating, as well as a beautiful quaint rooftop patio filled with summer florals. This place is Italy....and brb because I've just decided to book a one way ticket to Florence...

1095 Yonge St
I suppose this is not the most underrated spot, but it's definitely an escape from the city. Terroni is my go-to for perfectly fried calamari and saucy pastas, and I always make sure to book a spot on the rooftop patio under the beaming sun. Surrounded by lots of greenery, florals and Italian cuisine, lunch here is what I imagine an afternoon in Italy to be. I've never been, but a girl can dream. 

Le Select Bistro 
432 Wellington St W

I've walked past this spot numerous times, but have not yet had the chance to dine here. While we enjoyed a quick pastry and cappuccino on the patio, we weren't able to get a walk-in reservation as they were all booked up. I guess that's a good sign. 
If you're looking try their weekend brunch, I'd recommend making a reservation.  

Mercat DEL Carmen 
920 Queen St W

Afternoon tea at Mercat DEL Carmen consists of Spanish cookies, biscotti, and all of the European vibes. 

The Elm Tree Restaurant
43 Elm St

I've waited months to share this spot, eager to be able to enjoy a Mediterranean meal by the open terrace window. It has a unique restaurant design with a balcony window and an exposed brick interior. One of a kind for sure. The portions are also fairly large, so be prepared to eat! 

*Please remember to be mindful when taking photos during your restaurant visits. You can still get your insta-worthy shots and respect the restaurant staff, guests and space in the process. Enjoy :)


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