As if there wasn’t enough happening on King West to keep us busy – there’s yet another gourmet restaurant to try. Well, if you can get reservations, that is. Michael’s on Simcoe has become a hot spot for the theatre crowd and the Toronto International Film Festival. This year at TIFF, the restaurant hosted celebrity events and even scored a mention in People Magazine.
Nestled between the financial and entertainment districts, Michael’s On Simcoe reinvents the traditional steakhouse by creating a softer, more elegant space. It’s a modern Italian Steakhouse that integrates the best of contemporary cuisine with prime steak, fresh seafood, and authentic homemade pastas.
The beef Carpaccio with Parmesan, arugula and truffle dressing tastes pretty moist for 20 days old (above). It’s so tender that the meat almost melts in my mouth. At Michael’s, all the steaks are premium quality, ranging from $36 to $130, and are aged in their onsite aging chamber (what the what?!).
Hands down, the squash risotto (above) is our table’s top pick: a sweet and creamy rice mixed with chunks of squash, and accented with chestnut, onions, sage, and vincotto (cooked wine). Although served secondi, I’m left craving this dish as a main course.
I’m eating a flower! I bite into a soft, fried squash blossom, filled with ricotta and bufala cheese and set atop a tangy sundried tomato salsa (above). It’s a bit too salty for me, but I’m really loving the concept.
I need a plan of attack for this next dish. Which delicacy should I eat first? I bite into the lobster meat drizzled in white wine sauce (above), its sea saltiness lolling on my tongue. Next, I slice into the fresh ravioli, stuffed with minced lobster and herbs (above). The homemade pasta is tender and savoury – and the dash of salsa on top gives it a little extra kick. A fleeting but satisfying moment of my life.
Michael’s On Simcoe has a high price tag attached to their menu, but there are some sumptuous dishes. A good restaurant pick if you’re heading to the theatre afterwards. And here’s an insiders’ tip: the luxurious washrooms have heated toilet seats (!).
Michael’s On Simcoe
100 Simcoe Street
416. 260. 5100
Dinner from 5pm (Monday to Saturday)
Lunch from 11:30am (Monday to Friday)
Valet parking available.
The writer was a guest of Michael’s on Simcoe. The restaurant did not review or approve this article.