Restaurant Review: TOCA Toronto

Located inside the Ritz-Carlton Toronto is a chic restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine, called TOCA. TOCA is the kind of place you visit once, then it instantly becomes your favourite go-to in the city! Birthdays, anniversaries or just a casual weekday lunch – no matter what the occasion, the metropolitan vibe of this restaurant is always well-suited! The chefs at TOCA put a huge emphasis on fresh ingredients, and their handcrafted dishes show attention to detail and a high standard of both taste and presentation. Everything I’ve tried at TOCA has been nothing short of delicious, but the pasta dishes is where they really shine!

Quick Facts

For a truly unique experience, TOCA has a chef’s table in their kitchen where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at all the action! This permanent table is set up in a little nook overlooking the kitchen, and includes plenty of interactions with the chef. When each course is ready to be delivered to your table, the chef comes out to explain the ingredients and vision behind the dish. Although the dinning room at TOCA is quite beautiful, if you get the chance to eat at the chef’s table then I highly recommend it! The atmosphere made for a truly memorable meal – and I loved that everyone gets to sign the wall after dinner!

Since pasta is the speciality here, I couldn’t resist the pasta tasting menu! This tasting menu is offered every Friday night, but the actual dishes vary based on fresh available ingredients. From homemade pastas to tomatoes flown in from Italy – the attention to detail and fresh ingredients is what set these dishes apart from anywhere else in the city. The in-house sommelier helped enhance the tasting menu even more – by pairing each course with the perfect wine. As a wine-lover, I’ve always appreciated when someone has the talent to perfectly pair wines with food to enhance the flavours of each ingredient (something I can’t do myself), so having this service added to the meal was such a treat!

Adding to the dining experience, TOCA is also home to a mouth-watering cheese cave! This speciality room houses cheeses from all over the world – and during my visit I saw a wide variety of cheese from Europe and Prince Edward Country, Canada. The staff are incredibly knowledgable in cheese, making this one of the best places in Toronto for cheese lovers! They also host special cheese events here – so be sure to check out their website for future dates and reservations.

If you’ve got the time, be sure to stop by Ritz Bar in the lobby for a cocktail before or after your dinner! I had the “Pisco Pasion”, which is a refreshing passionfruit cocktail made with liquid nitrogen. It’s really fun to watch the bartender make this drink, so I recommend that you grab a seat at the bar instead of a table. If you’re looking for a light appetizer, the Ceviche Mixto was fantastic.

The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to TOCA as guests, however our opinions remain our own.