Madame Marie’s Top Restaurants of 2019

It’s been another year full of délicieuses experiences. From Michelin-star worthy tasting menus to foraged-focused food, here are my top three dining experiences of 2019.

1. ēst

When mes amis ask me where to dine in the city for a special occasion there are a few places that come to mind, but one stands out — ēst. Chef Sean MacDonald, the culinary genius behind ēst, has poured his passion into his first restaurant, which he opened earlier this year. A tasting-menu only format with both vegan and traditional options, it’s guaranteed to surprise, delight and etch his perfect creations into your mind. The only question you’ll have as you’re leaving: “When am I going back?”

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Potato dumplings.
2. Langdon Hall

To say the hour-ish drive to Langdon Hall, a country house outside of Toronto, is well worth it is an understatement. Chef Jason Bangerter, who helms Langdon Hall’s cuisine, is a master of his craft. Through his menus, he highlights the purity and natural beauty of food by taking it back to its roots. Herbs and vegetables come from le jardin on site and the finest cuts of meat are supplied locally. Whether you experience one of the tasting menus, an entrée à la carte, or a country breakfast after an overnight stay, everything here is memorable. Langdon Hall is a magical place for all the senses.

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3. Faim de Loup

Situated on an unassuming corner of the city’s west end, Faim de Loup exudes a quiet confidence. With only sixteen tables and two staff (including chef/owner Chef Jeffrey Yap), the polished restaurant doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to delivering on an exceptional tasting menu experience. Faim de Loup highlights local ingredients with finesse and depth of flavour coupled with top notch hospitality. 

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Campari tomato with corn chowder and snow crab.