Canada’s only “dining in the dark” restaurant creates an extraordinary culinary adventure and invites guests to experience food, drinks, and conversation without the use of sight. This is done due to the fact that when you eat food in the dark, your remaining senses are heightened to savour the smell and taste of food. This restaurant does more than just stimulating the senses, as after an hour of two of guests dining in complete darkness (no flashlights, cell phones, etc.), customers are able to gain an better understanding of what it’s like to be blind- just like the restaurant’s team of wait staff which consists entirely of the visually-impaired. Menu items include: pesto chicken breast with potatoes and vegetables, shrimp risotto with mushroom and garlic, Cajun fish with white rice and vegetables, as well as “surprise” entrees and desserts where servers can choose what to serve the customers. The restaurant has one location on Church Street in Toronto and is open from 6:30- 8:45 pm on weekdays and from 5:45 pm- 10:30 pm on weekends. Customers are asked to make a reservation at least one day in advance. For more information about the restaurant, visit: http://www.onoirtoronto.com
2. The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc
Plush cushions and belly dancers welcome you to this place under candle-lit Moroccan fabric tents and includes Moroccan-French menu items. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant offers a 3-course French Moroccan dining experience, which includes a 30-minute belly dance performance for entertainment. Menu items include: North African peri peri chicken, sahara kabob, saffron rice with garlic mashed potatoes and couscous grilled vegetables, etc. The restaurant has one location on Front Street in Toronto and is open every day from 5:00 pm- 11:00 pm, with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays, when it is open from 5:00 pm- 12:00 am. Reservations must be made for dining in advance. For more information about the restaurant, visit: https://www.thesultanstent.com
3. The Commoner
This charming and spacious neighbourhood restaurant has 32 taps pouring mostly hyper-local tap craft beer and a sidelong patio where spots are always taken in the warmer months. The restaurant has marble and genuine leather which adds a luxurious yet welcoming feel. The simple and uncomplicated menu includes: Portobello burger, fish and chips, chicken tacos, French onion soup, duck fat fries, etc. The restaurant has one location on Dundas Street West in Toronto and is open Monday-Fridays from 5:00 pm- 11:00 pm, Saturdays from 12:00 pm-12:00 am, and Sundays from 11:00 am-11:00 pm. For more information about the restaurant, visit: https://www.thecommonerrestaurant.ca.
This restaurant is currently being hailed as the city’s most imaginative upscale resto-lounge located in Yorkville. This restaurant is fully committed to the comic book theme. When diners walk into Figures, they pass through a comic book and collectibles shop through the hidden door camouflaged by figurines and into an eclectic dining room where comic book pages wallpaper the walls. For its innovative restaurant concept, Forbes Magazine named Figures one of 2017’s best new restaurants in Toronto. Once seated, diners will notice that there are no appetizers, mains, and desserts. Instead the menu categories are “exposition starters”, “climax mains”, “antagonist bites”, and “resolution dessert.” Menu items include: black truffle gnocchi, chicken parmigiana, slow cooked oxtail, grilled bread and marinated olives, etc. The restaurant has one location on Avenue Road in Toronto and is open Thursdays from 5:30- 11:00 pm, as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 pm- 2:00 am. It is closed all of the other days of the week. For more information about the restaurant and to book a reservation, visit: https://www.figuresto.com.
5. BlueBlood Steakhouse
Located inside Toronto’s majestic castle Casa Loma, this restaurant offers a refined dining experience in an upscale environment. This one of a kind space offers a modern and edgy feel with a juxtaposition of classic heritage architecture, unique heirlooms antiques, and modern art pieces by Warhol, Mr. Brainwash, and Salvador Dali. The menu consists of various cuts of the finest beef around the world and also includes French onion soup, big eye tuna tartare, local ricotta cheesecake, etc. The restaurant has one location on Austin Terrace in Toronto and is open Saturdays- Tuesdays from 5:00 pm- 12:00 am and Wednesdays- Fridays from 5:00 pm- 1:00 am. For more information about the restaurant and to book a reservation, visit: http://www.bluebloodsteakhouse.com.