For many years I had heard from friends, both foodie and non-foodie alike, that Splendido was a super eating experience. Still, the thought that it would be there the next week or the next month put things off for a long while. When I heard that Yannick Bigourdan and chef David Lee would be selling the resto to long-time general manager Carlo Catallo and chef de cuisine Victor Barry, I quickly made arrangements to eat at what many consider to be Toronto’s finest dining experience, making sure to get in before the changing of the guard. Purposely missing the “Best of 8 Years” menu that would wrap up David Lee’s reign in the kitchens, we opted instead to experience Splendido on a more quiet, albeit, still busy, Tuesday night. Here are the highlights of the evening:
With so many of Toronto’s fine dining restaurants fading out, I am very glad I had not missed this last opportunity to eat at Splendido as it has been for the past 8 years. It’s the closest to The French Laundry experience that I’ve had in Toronto. While I look forward to the restaurant’s rebirth in the summer, I will have to hold on to this meal as the standard that Toronto can achieve and I hope, surpass, in the future.
- Splendido 88 Harbord St., Toronto
More photos from the evening, including menus
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