On a cold winter’s night, there’s nothing that warms the body and soul quite like comfort food.
Lucky for us Torontonians, on those days when we can’t bear the thought of firing up our stoves, there are plenty of restaurants out there that are more than happy to fill our bellies with satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are eight of our favourite Toronto comfort food dishes from some of the city’s top eateries.
Lamb Bolognese – Beaumont Kitchen
If you’re in the mood for a hearty bowl of pasta that strikes the right balance between home-style and gourmet, Beaumont Kitchen’s is a definite crowd pleaser. This dish takes traditional spaghetti Bolognese to new heights with succulent lamb. And considering the restaurant’s Sherway Mall location, the meal is sure to be ample fuel for even the longest of shopping missions.
French Onion Soup – Coquine
If you have a hankering for all things French, the cuisine at Coquine is definitely worth the trip uptown. The spot has been known for its signature French Onion Soup for years. The hearty dish combines caramelized onions, rich broth, and a decadent helping of gooey, melted aged cheese that will surely satisfy any comfort food craving.
Poulet Grand-Mère en Croûte – Biff’s Bistro
At this Financial District staple, the Poulet Grand-Mère en Croûte is a perfect way to end off a stressful work week – especially when paired with a generous glass of wine. The comforting dish is Chef Bill Osborne’s French take on a chicken pot pie, but if that’s not your thing, Biff’s Fondue Sundays are always a good time.
Mafalde ai Funghi – Gusto 101
If you’re a mushroom lover, then you know there’s something about the food that really soothes the soul – especially when cooked just right. For a dish that’s sure to cure a case of the winter blues, try Gusto 101’s Mafalde ai Funghi. The super-rich pasta dish, filled with Portobello, porcini, and osier mushrooms in a truffle cream sauce, is a no-fail option.
Roast Duck Poutine Pizza – Bannock Restaurant
When you fuse two of the most comforting dishes known to the modern young professional – pizza and poutine – and add the gourmet touch of duck, the result is enough to make Bannock your go-to all week long. Don’t let the winter pass without trying this mouthwatering mash-up. It’s just as good as it sounds.
Truffle Mac and Cheese – Prohibition Gastrohouse
‘Toronto’s Best Truffle Mac and Cheese” is just one of many delicious reasons to return to this Riverdale restaurant time and time again. The addictive dish is loaded with a four-cheese sauce made with asiago, aged cheddar, l’ermite bleu, boschetto al tartufo, finished off with black truffles, fresh herbs and truffle oil.
Pollo Dona Aurora – Leña Restaurante
Leña – a newer player on the Toronto restaurant scene that’s become known for its South American-inspired dishes – offers comforting goodness with its Pollo Dona Aurora. The recipe has been passed down by Chef Anthony Walsh’s mother-in-law and represents old-school family cooking at its finest. The dish consists of a perfectly cooked organic chicken in a laurel, lemon and saffron braise, served with a potato purée.