George Restaurant, Unique Blind Tasting Menu in Toronto

Opened since 2003, George Restaurant is one of Toronto’s best and long-standing restaurants known for globally inspired dishes with seasonally sourced “Toronto Cuisine” menus.

Executive Chef Lorenzo Loseto has been leading the kitchen since George Restaurant opened, combining his classical training and international influences to create dishes with bold flavours and textures.

Entrance to George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario

Did you know? One of the best chefs in Toronto, Chef Lorenzo is an award-winning chef that has earned critical acclaim and several awards including the 2014 Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Champion.

Located in historic Queen Street East, the best way to visit George Restaurant is by TTC, taking the streetcar or walking from Queen Subway Station. There is also a metered street parking in front.

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7-Course Tasting Menu at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario

Inside George Restaurant

George Restaurant is set in a restored 1950’s chocolate factory with a decor that integrates a rustic industrial feel with a European flair, from its brick walls and modern chandeliers to its wrought iron screens.

The atmosphere is both intimate and casual at the same time. It feels like fine dining but makes you feel at home and doesn’t feel intimidating to wear casual attire.

Interior at George Restaurant, one of Toronto's Top-Rated Restaurant
Cozy Interior: antique French doors, crystal chandeliers, brick walls and high ceilings

The kitchen has an open concept so having a table next to the kitchen gives you a glimpse of the work that goes into each plate.

Open Kitchen at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Open Kitchen Concept

What’s on the Menu at George

George Restaurant offers seasonal lunch and dinner menus with à la carte or tasting menus including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

I recommend doing the signature Chef’s Choice tasting menu here. As of March 2020, there are three ($65) or four ($80) course tasting menus for lunch, and five ($125), seven ($145) or ten ($165) course tasting menus for dinner.

Wine pairing is available but only for the five and seven course tasting menus during dinner. Both at $95.

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George Restaurant Chef’s Choice Tasting Menu

I’ve tried most tasting menu restaurants in Toronto and what makes the Chef’s Choice tasting menu at George Restaurant’s so unique is its blind tasting concept. The tasting menu is custom-written based on the each guest’s allergies, restrictions and preferences.

First of all, you have no idea what you are getting. Second, each person in your group gets something different.

I highly recommend going with a group of at least two people who are willing to share and taste each other’s dishes as it makes it more fun. In this way, you get to try many dishes.

I went with two other foodie friends to George Restaurant and we did the 7 Course Tasting Menu for dinner. This meant we got a total of 21 different dishes for us to try!

It was mind-blowing how many combinations of dishes they can make in one dinner. The food was done incredibly well and presented beautifully!

Portions of each course are bigger than other tasting menu restaurants in Toronto like Alo. I found the the 7 Course Tasting Menu here would be comparable to a 10-12 Course Tasting Menu somewhere else, portion-wise.

Personally, I wish there could be more courses at smaller portions instead. However, given the blind tasting concept, I understand it would be less feasible.

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7 Course Tasting Menu Dinner

Here is everything we had during the 7-Course Chef’s Choice Blind Tasting at George Restaurant. Each course had an underlying “theme” even though we all got different dishes for it.

Because each person gets something different and there’s no fixed menu, George Restaurant will not provide you a copy of the menu unlike a usual tasting menu. We had to jot down notes for each dish as they were presented to us so that I can list them all here.

Bread

Homemade Bread at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
3 Kinds of Homemade Bread

Amuse-Bouche

Amuse-bouche at one of Toronto's Best Restaurants, George Restaurant
Spaghetti Squash with Shiitaki Mushroom

First Course: Appetizer

Ahi Tuna at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Ahi Tuna
Crab Cake at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Crab Cake with Beet Foam and Quinoa
Cod and Oyster at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Pan-Seared Cod with Oyster

Second Course: Seafood

Tuna Tartare at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Tuna Tartare
Salmon Tataki at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Salmon Tataki
Smoked Trout at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Smoked Trout

Third Course: Mousse

Crab Tartare at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Crab Tartare with Cured Egg Yolk Shaving
Pheasant Mousse at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Pheasant Mousse
Shrimp with Avocado Mousse at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Shrimp with Avocado Mousse

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Fourth Course: Foie Gras

Squab, Foie Gras, Fruit Tart at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Foie Gras with Squab and Baked Fruit Tart served with artichoke mustard and salad with goat cheese mousse
Foie Gras and Bison Cheek at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Foie Gras and Bison Cheek with Stracciatella Cheese, Mushroom and Kale
Foie Gras, Duck Confit, Quail Egg at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Foie Gras with Quail Egg and Duck Confit

Fifth Course: Meat

Beef Ribeye and Pierogi at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Beef Ribeye with Potato Pierogi and Crispy Kale
Rack of Lamb at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Rack of Lamb
Venison with Potato Fondant at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Venison with Potato Fondant

Sixth Course: Cheese

Allegretto Cheese at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Allegretto Cheese with Fruit Rollup

Seventh Course: Dessert

Chocolate Creme Caramel at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Chocolate Creme Caramel with Almond Brittle
Apple Tarte Tatin at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Apple Tarte Tatin
Poached Pear at George Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Poached Pear with Pumpkin Mousse

Verdict

George Restaurant is indeed one of the best tasting menu restaurants in Toronto. Wonderful atmosphere, great food and the suspense of what each person would be getting makes it a fun experience.

I can definitely see why they have been around for such a long time. It’s a great place to visit, not just for special occasions, but also regular occasions or to have a unique dining experience.

One room for improvement I found was, for the price, the server sometimes had trouble presenting the dishes and couldn’t answer some of our questions about the dishes, but I can also understand they are presenting more combinations than usual so it is harder to remember every detail.


Hope this Toronto restaurant review helps you decide if you’d want to dine at George Restaurant.

George Restaurant
Website / Address: 111C Queen St E, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1S2

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