One Restaurant (Toronto)

Location: Toronto, Canada
Address: 116 Yorkville Avenue
Type of Meal: Brunch

During the early days of summer, when the sun is shining but the temperature not stifling, eating on a patio is such a delight. The hemlines get shorter and smiling people are abound sipping cold drinks.

Weekends are a great time to visit One Restaurant as they serve a brunch menu but still offer lunch time favourites. Wanting something substantial I ordered the organic chicken burger ($24). The patty is made from ground chicken mixed with herbs (perhaps parsley) and had a nice crust with a juicy centre. Topped with melted gruyere, a mild pickle, dill aioli, lettuce and tomato it had enough flavour without being overpowering so the chicken tastes were still prevalent. The bun was a pillowy brioche with crunchy sea salt on top.

Served with a choice of salad or fries, I always opt for their fries which are piping hot with a rich potato flavour and crispy crust. I prefer the truffle or citrus aioli (generally served if you order these separately as a side dish). With the burger there is a dill aioli instead which was decent but not nearly as flavourful as the others.

Toronto summers are short so get out and enjoy it! One Restaurant is blessed with a great Yorkville location and getting a table outside on the large wraparound patio is even better. It’s the perfect place to people watch with the hedges still high enough to provide a sense of privacy. Just reserve or arrive early as there are many like-minded individuals making the patio tables prime real estate.

Overall mark - 7.5 out of 10

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Gastro World's Grading System

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  • - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
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  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!

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