Toronto, ON M5V 1C9
Chef Michael Caballo and partner in life and love chef Tobey Nemeth have been at their bucolic Niagara Street restaurant for a handful of years now and have consistently found themselves hovering near the top of the city’s best restaurants lists. It’s no surprise: Their menus are dictated by the whims of the season and tailored to the personal preferences of diners. Chances are, veg, seafood and plenty of wild mushrooms — their namesake — will grace your table over either five or seven courses. This is not a meal to rush through, rather, it is one to linger over and savour while Nemeth and Caballo work their magic. Cape Breton snow crab comes with teardrop peas. John Dory is paired with grilled mountain porcini, pine nuts and white asparagus. Or devour a ballotine of light Sussex chicken, sweetbreads and foie gras with morels, crayfish and sauce Nantua. For dessert? A decadent baba au rhum with Chantilly cream. Special additions to look out for include both black and white truffles (when in season) and the nightly option of a caviar starter. A tin of the good stuff — Imperial Osetra Caviar — complete with accompaniments might set one back a pretty penny ($160), but what a way to begin a meal!
JUDGE CRAIG HARDING,
LA PALMA & CONSTANTINE
"When dining at Edulis, you always feel like you were invited to an exclusive dinner party hosted by Tobey and Michael."