Many Canadian bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Alanis Morissette. Enjoy artisan cuisine without irony with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of fine-dining cuisine at Lucien Restaurant, open for dinner seven nights a week.
Experienced restaurateur Simon Bower crafted Lucien's ambience, decor, and menu to exude elegance and promote a complete fine-dining experience, garnering the eatery the title of "the city's best new restaurant" from Toronto Life magazine and a place among enRoute magazine's top 10 restaurants in Canada. A menu starring all-natural ingredients includes appetizers such as the red deer tartare ($14) and the albacore tuna crudo ($17). Lucien's artful mains include British Columbia scallops with navy beans and ham ($29) as well as a Paradise Farms Black Angus rib eye and bone marrow with hen of the woods mushrooms ($36). Diners may complete the culinary trilogy with an artisanal cheese plate ($16) or gracefully trying to tie the cherry ice cream into a knot before nibbling on its accompanying malt cake, cured foie gras, and pickled cherries.
On a nondescript St. Lawrence Market District street corner, one of the area's top fine dining establishments hides inside a historic brick building. Lucien's almost industrial-looking facade is a stark juxtaposition to an interior where chandeliers and velvety red curtains contribute to a refined yet welcoming space. Customers dine flanked by an elegant marble-topped bar and a sectioned wall behind which the kitchen staff can be spied conjuring up the restaurant's acclaimed dishes, all made form locally sourced ingredients.
Experienced restaurateur Simon Bower crafted the eatery's attitude and decor while chef Etienne Lemieux created the menu, which stars such gems such as grilled bincho octopus and red deer bresola. Lucien's genial milieu exudes the elegance of fine dining in an unstuffy, cozy setting. The establishment has won numerous awards for its overall quality, being praised as "the city's best new restaurant" by Toronto Life magazine and placed among enRoute magazine's top 10 restaurants in Canada. Meals can be capped off with an artisanal cheese plate ($17) or sake cherries jubilee ($12).
36 Wellington St. E
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C7