Food + Drink

January 10, 2017

Winterlicious 2017 at Yonge + St. Clair

For two delectable weeks, Toronto’s beloved Winterlicious will bring a series of mouth-watering dining experiences to over 220 restaurants in the city. Yonge + St. Clair will not be missing out on the fun, with a number of our amazing restaurants participating from January 27th to February 9th.

Six restaurants at Yonge + St. Clair will be serving an elevated dining experience in three-course prix fixe menus, and today’s blog will serve up the best that our aspirational culinary community has to offer.

Try something contemporary or traditional, or just try it all at Yonge + St. Clair. Winterlicious will begin taking reservations this Thursday, January 12th.

1. Jaeger Schnitzel at Schnitzel HUB

1415 Yonge Street | Winterlicious Menu: $23 Lunch, $38 Dinner

Schnitzel HUB is a cozy restaurant and artisan vodka bar located right at Yonge + St. Clair.  Profiled last month, Schnitzel HUB has been serving European tradition to midtowners, with their perogies and schnitzels becoming big hits with the neighbourhood.

Schnitzel HUB’s Jaeger Schnitzel is a ‘crispy breaded cutlet with your choice of veal, chicken, pork or eggplant, topped with bacon, mushroom and red wine sauce, perfectly paired with traditional spaetzle and roasted heirloom root vegetables.’ The authentic Eastern European food of Schnitzel HUB is all made from scratch daily, and is an excellent choice for those that love hearty European classics.


2. Brie & Sweet Pepper Relish Chicken Sandwich at Union Social Eatery

21 St. Clair Avenue W | Winterlicious Menu: $18 Lunch, $28 Dinner

Union Social Eatery is a local lunch hotspot known for their well-crafted menus and extensive draught and wine selection. They’ve brought their well-thought menu to Winterlicious with $18 lunches and $28 dinners. Union Social’s Brie and sweet pepper relish Chicken Sandwich is area neighbourhood favourite, topped with fresh brie cheese, marinated fresh chicken breast, sweet pepper relish, and four herb mayo.

Union Social prides themselves in their approach to casual dining, or as they like to say, it’s ‘common dining, done uncommonly well.’


3. Ravioli Di Ricotta at Capocaccia Trattoria

1366 Yonge Street | Winterlicious Menu: $23 Lunch, $38 Dinner

Yonge + St. Clair is home to one of Toronto’s best Italian restaurants in Capocaccia Trattoria. Capocaccia provides a contemporary approached to fine-Italian dining with deep-grained wood tables intimately set up and lit softly to create a cozy bistro-style atmosphere, and additional seating options at their long bar and high-top communal table.

Every item on Capocaccia’s Winterlicious menu is delightful, from their pizzas to pastas to salads, but we recommend the Ravioli Di Ricotta, stuffed with spinach and ricotta with a squash purée, and topped with hazelnuts and black truffle.


4. Crackling Roasted Boneless Cornish Hen at Barnsteiner’s

1 Balmoral Avenue | Winterlicious Menu: $23 Lunch, $38 Dinner

Barnsteiner’s has brought some of the most extensive culinary knowledge and history to the neighbourhood, since opening their doors at Yonge + St. Clair in 2015. All the food is made from scratch and sourced locally by Chef Herbert Barnsteiner, an industry veteran with experience working some of Europe’s top restaurants.

The restaurant itself provides a “New York meets California atmosphere,” with the Crackling Roasted Boneless Cornish Hen being our choice for Winterlicious patrons. The locally sourced Cornish hen is seared perfectly and served with charred fall vegetables, apricots, shallots, fingerling potatoes, and leaf spinach, and is available on both the lunch and dinner menus.


5. Atlantic Salmon at Brownes Bistro

1251 Yonge Street | Winterlicious Menu: $18 Lunch, $28 Dinner

Brownes Bistro has been a Rosedale staple for over 30 years, “cherished by the neighbourhood’s affluent denizens as well as lovers from all over Toronto.” Brownes prides themselves in offering satisfying and sophisticated French cuisine at reasonable prices, and their Winterlicious menu reflects that.  

The lunch and dinner offering of Atlantic salmon, topped with citrus-herb-lime infused butter, new potatoes and seasonal vegetables, is a local favourite. We also recommend the grilled calamari, served with arugula and drizzled with aged balsamic and shallot sauce.


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6. Petite Duck Poutine at The Rosedale Diner

1164 Yonge Street | Winterlicious Menu: $23 Lunch, $38 Dinner

Another neighbourhood staple, the family-owned Rosedale Diner has become famous for its ‘Bohemian style and Israeli flair,’ winning over locals since 1978. Their menu is an eclectic mix of bistro classics and Middle Eastern inspired cuisines, and their Winterlicious menu has this on full display.

Their menu this year is extensive, with popular menu items like the locally sourced Kuntz Farm Wagyu Burger and Fried Chicken Mac and Cheese available. We recommend the Petite Duck Poutine from their starters menu, served with confit duck, Québécois cheese curds, smoky duck gravy, and crackling, which is available on both the lunch and dinner menus.