Recently I was exploring Toronto and had the pleasure of dining at the Fairmont Royal York during one of the nights I was in town. I am a big fan of the Fairmont brand and the consistency of high quality the hotels offer around the world.
The Fairmont Royal York has several dining options, but I dined at EPIC. You can easily access this restaurant inside the lobby and close to the concierge inside the hotel.
I should warn you, dining here is like eating a work of art. Both chefs Robert Mills and Graeme Little did a fantastic job in quality, presentation and spectacular flavoring of the food. Our server was probably the best server I have ever had anywhere in the world. He was full of charm and humor and had been with the company for several decades.
What I ate (I did have a guest with me so we did share):
- Soup Special – Hungarian Goulash
- New Farm Beets
- Alberta Lamb Shank
- Epic Chocolate Cake
- The “EPIC” Signature BRÛLÉE TRIO
While we were browsing the menus for what we would order, our server brought out a plate of fresh hot bread with the chefs ratatouille and whipped butter. This pairing was scrumptious and I knew we were in for a night of amazing food.
For appetizers I ordered the soup of the day, which was a Hungarian goulash and my friend ordered the New Farm Beets, which was a salad with a mixture of flavors like gouda, hazelnut, beets, and honey – both items were insanely delicious. As a professed foodie, I was skeptical of the New Farm Beets as the ingredients sounded like they would clash – but alas, I was wrong.
For dinner, the lamb. I must admit, I have never been a fan of lamb – but I had not ordered it in a very long time and wanted to give it another go. I am SO glad I did. The lamb was fall off the bone perfection. The meat retained all its juices and it was paired nicely with a polenta. I think my reservations about ordering lamb were that I had never had lamb I liked, but now, I have left the Fairmont a fan.
Dessert – the most important part of the meal. Or at least I think so. We ordered two desserts to try: the EPIC Chocolate Cake and the Brulee Trio. Both dishes were very decadent and I did favor the chocolate but I am a big fan of chocolate so it will almost always win over anything else. Also – the EPIC Chocolate was just that, EPIC. The dish was almost too pretty to eat.
We did speak with the wine sommelier throughout our meal. I did not drink that evening but I did taste the pairings he suggested with the dishes and I thought they paired nicely. Make sure and see him when you dine in for the best recommendations to go with your food.
Overall: A wonderful dining experience and top notch, which is consistent with all the other Fairmont properties I have been to. I am exceptionally happy with the service and my choice to try dishes I historically did not like. I always tell people that our taste buds do change, so give things another chance.
- Address: 100 Front Street W Toronto Ontario, Canada M5J 1E3
- Phone: TEL + 1 416 368 2511
- Attire: Smart Casual
- Reservations accepted
- Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch
- Wine list: here
- Valet parking available
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Disclaimer: I was hosted by the Fairmont Royal York, but as always, opinions are entirely my own.