Just in time for Father’s Day and summer picnicking, we tracked down the best charcuterie in Toronto for family sharing.
Chef Michael Hunter is known for his focus on showcasing the country’s best in wild game and culinary delights. With ingredients sourced almost entirely from Canada, Antler prioritizes using local and wild foods that reflect the rural roots of the country. Antler’s charcuterie and cheese board highlight’s the restaurant’s dedication to game meat, featuring house-made charcuterie paired with a semi-soft Bleu d’Elizabeth blue cheese, freshly baked bread, compote, mustard and pickles. The board comes in two sizes.
1454 Dundas St. W.
Chef Herbert Barnsteiner worked in restaurants across the globe before settling in Toronto to open his own with his wife Michelle. Barnsteiner’s menu showcases a range of European comfort cuisine from Italy, Germany and France. The house-made charcuterie board features sliced cured salami, assorted meats and pâté and pickled vegetables. Unlike run-of- the-mill charcuterie platters, the bread featured on this board is grilled and paired with fruit chutney mustards. The board can also be topped with an ounce of cheese for an additional $6.
1 Balmoral Ave.
CÔTE DE BOEUF
Bistro and butcher shop Côte de Boeuf takes inspiration from the neighbourhoods of Paris, sourcing its charcuterie from Auvergne, a farming region in Central France known for its cured meats and cheeses. The Les Assiette features a chef’s choice of pork-based salamis, three kinds of cheese, pickles, butter and house-made terrine. The board comes in two sizes to feed two or four people. The picnic tote “grab n go” comes with a tote bag and sealed charcuterie, making it a nice option for those looking to enjoy their platter alfresco as a picnic.
130 Ossington Ave.
Helmed by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, Café Boulud’s menu highlights the chef’s upbringing in Lyon, France, through its combination of bistro classics rooted in French tradition with modern flair. The brasserie’s authenticity is epitomized by its iconic charcuterie boards, which feature a variety of high-quality house-made meats and accompaniments. For added European flavour, diners can upgrade to the cheese and charcuterie board option, which also includes three chef-chosen French cheeses.
60 Yorkville Ave.