Fine dining has come a long way from its traditional menu of caviar smoothies and gold-plated bronze sautéed in a stock-bond-and-white-wine sauce. Revel in more palatable splendour with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of fine dining and drinks at Oro on Elm Street.
Oro's Mediterranean-inspired fare sates the stomachs of customers in the midst of many of downtown Toronto's four-star hotels, shopping, and live theatre. Patrons sneaking coy peeks at the menu witness a cool and collected congregation of citrus scallop-and-sweet-shrimp ceviche with serrano chili, red onion, jicama, and coriander ($14.95). Admire sheep's-milk-ricotta gnocchi tossed in smoked bacon, mushrooms, wilted greens, and grana padano under amber lighting ($24.95), or witness 60-day dry-aged Ontario rib-eye girded with bacon, smashed potato, and roasted king mushroom subdue hunger pangs with a hypnotic lullaby ($39.95). The curtain closes on lemon trifle's sponge cake in lemon curd and ginger cream ($11.95).
Diners slide in next to convivial cocktails at the marble-top bar or pair their dinner plates with vine juices from the on-site wine cellar. Listen to the rosy whispering of the 2007 Domaine Magellan red blend or six-year Mas Amiel Vin Doux Naturel while watching the growth of winding ironwork vines or lounging by the candle-filled fireplace.