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Edulis is the tasting restaurant in Toronto known for its seasonal menu made from scratch by husband-and-wife team Michael Caballo and Tobey Nemet.
Did you know? Edulis Toronto is listed No. 8 in Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants in 2016 and No. 6 in Post City Toronto’s Joanne Kates Best 50 Restauants “Spend A Lot” List.
Located in downtown Toronto’s west end neighbourhood, Edulis has a homey feel like visiting your aunt’s home for a homecooked meal.
Tasting Menu at Edulis Toronto
Edulis offers two tasting menus: 5 courses ($85) and 7 courses ($105). It’s very good for seafood lovers as most of the courses are seafood.
I recommend the 7 courses since it’s a better value on a price-per-course basis, and you will most likely not get full with 5 courses as they are tasting portions.
My favourites during the tasting menu at Edulis were the Nova Scotia bigeye tuna and the poached Lobster. Note though, as the menu changes frequently, these may not be available anymore.
The Poached Lobster with Pumpkin Seeds was very fresh and delicious and goes so well with the sauce! I even finished the sauce on its own!
The Nova Scotia bigeye tuna with tomatoes sauce & black garlic was, again, very fresh.
It was also very fatty and melt-in-your-mouth, which went great with the tomato sauce and black garlic to bring out the freshness even more.
One thing I love about how Edulis made their dishes is the sauces or condiments were all subtle and were mainly there to enhance the main item, be it the seafood or meat.
With seafood especially, I find it important that the natural flavour of the seafood to be intact because seafood can get overpowered easily. Edulis Restaurant executed this perfectly.
Unfortunately, I found the desserts at Edulis Toronto were particularly underwhelming.
The Rum Baba was heavily soaked in rum such that the cake had no texture and bite anymore, which was a shame considering the flavour was actually quite good especially with the mix of chantilly cream.
The other dessert, strawberry and chamomile sorbet, was nothing special and quite unremarkable.
Service at Edulis
Normally, I focus on the food more than the service. However, we were quite disappointed with the service at Edulis that it deserves a mention.
For this calibre, I expected service to be on-par with Toronto restaurants of similar type and ranking like Alo. However, what we got was rude and condescending, and slow service.
One incident was when we selected our tasting menu and the server asked for allergies/restrictions. Our friend told the server that she doesn’t eat meat so she can’t have meat in her tasting menu, and she had indicated that on the reservation.
Our server responded: “You know the menu is seafood, right?” My friend said she’s reminding just in case there is still a meat course. It turns out there was a rabbit course.
Another thing to note is Edulis Toronto is the first tasting menu restaurant I’ve been to that doesn’t give a copy of the menu at the end of the meal.
When we asked for it, we were told they don’t do it but we can email the restaurant after so they can send it to us. However, we never received them after my friends emailed the restaurant and followed-up a couple of times.
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Courses at Edulis
- Complimentary Bread
- Nova Scotia bigeye tuna with tomatoes sauce & black garlic
- Poached lobster with pumpkin seeds
- Scallops and mushrooms
- Spanish Mackerel
- Spanish rice & halibut cheeks
- Rabbit two ways: porchetta and pressed, served with mashed potatoes
- Strawberry and chamomile sorbet
- Baba au Rhum cake with Chantilly Cream
Overall, I enjoyed the tasting menu at Edulis, but not its service. It’s a great culinary experience for seafood lovers especially and the price is pretty reasonable for what you’re getting. Hopefully, the service we got was an off-day situation.
Hope this restaurant review of Edulis Toronto gives you an idea of what it’s like to dine here! Let me know if your thoughts on the restaurant, and if you have any questions.
Website / Address: 169 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1C9