If you’re planning a visit to Toronto any time soon, you might want to research where to dine out. Perhaps you’d like to find somewhere with a bit of a twist on the usual offerings. Well, much like an online casino game can offer thrills you hadn’t imagined, now you can even challenge the way you choose to eat: Toronto’s O.Noir restaurant delivers a surprising culinary affair, served in almost complete darkness by visually impaired waiting staff. And this is just one of the more interesting restaurants that have made a home in the largest city in Canada.
The city’s more exciting collection of eateries also includes the BlueBlood Steakhouse – located inside a castle, the Shameful Tiki Room and the uber-chic Canoe. We’re going to take a look at these and a few other eateries right here, so read on to explore some of the most unmissable dining experiences in the Ontarian capital.
Try feasting in the dark
Restaurant: O.Noir Toronto
Neighbourhood: Church and Wellesley
Location: 620 Church Street
Remember we mentioned you could eat in the dark? O.Noir does more than just fill your belly with sumptuous food and wine. It also allows you to experience what it’s like to live – and dine – without the benefit of sight. The restaurant insists that all luminous items, watches, phones, cigarette lighters and more, are put away while you spend hours in darkness.
The establishment’s owner describes the time as “a sensual dining experience like no other” because “when you eat food in the dark, your remaining senses are heightened to savour the smell and taste of food. Even everyday dishes like potatoes and yogurt take on a culinary flair.”
Dine in a castle
Restaurant: BlueBlood Steakhouse
Neighbourhood: Tarragon Village
Location: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
Situated in the historic Casa Loma Castle, BlueBlood Steakhouse is a visually delicious eatery where your eyes can feast on unique heirloom antiques that sit side by side with the more contemporary works of Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Mr. Brainwash. And while you enjoy what your eyes are feasting on, your taste buds will thank you for allowing them to enjoy the finest cuts of beef and seafood, complemented by a comprehensive international wine and spirit list. The Gothic Revival castle was built in 1914; at over 100 years old, it’s regarded as one of Toronto’s treasured heritages.
Escape to the South Pacific
Restaurant: The Shameful Tiki Room
Neighbourhood: Little Tibet
Location: 1378 Queen Street West
If you enjoy the thrill of escaping into another world when you play at a casino online, you may appreciate a visit to the Shameful Tiki Room, where the island vibe comes to life in full colour! Romantically themed cocktails and mocktails abound, as do some truly interestingly named dishes such as Popcorn Cauliflower, Garlic Knots and Musubi. Created for patrons to sit, chat, drink and enjoy, the music is down low – and there’s no TV on some random channel – making the place perfect for any occasion.
Take in the best view in Toronto
Neighbourhood: Old Toronto
Location: 54th floor, 66 Wellington Street West
Said to be inspired by Canada’s “rich, raw land” when dishing up its famously exquisite fine-dining cuisine, the Canoe restaurant and bar is said to offer one of the best views in Toronto. The CN Tower is up close and personal on one side of the eatery, with the airport on the other and a sparkling skyline on the horizon. It creates the perfect setting for sundowners, and you can eat a meal here that’s just as sumptuous as the view.