Because Luma is nestled next to the TIFF Lightbox, the hub of the Toronto International Film Festival, you can take a traditional dinner and a movie to a whole new level this Winterlicious.
A left turn from the lit-up lounge walks you into smiling hostesses waiting to take your coats and lead you to your seats at a dark square wood table with cloth napkins next to eight-foot-tall pinecone art-pieces in glass vases. You’re on the second floor of the TIFF building, which means floor-to-ceiling windows on one side of the room that give a view of the buildings and traffic jams of King Street. In the evenings, there are decorative lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling to bring some sparkle to the room.
What does eating seasonally in Canada mean for winter? One look at the Luma Winterlicious dinner menu will point you in the right direction, showcasing some of Canada’s finest — and most innovative — cuisine with our best local ingredients. Your choice of appetizers includes locally sourced ingredients for a celery root soup with Maytag blue cheese that mixes in harmony with chunky bits of apple and bacon compote, or salads like fregola and mixed beans or winter radish and scarlet globe turnip with lime pickle ricotta, yellow beet tahini, and mint, beautifully displayed like flowers on your plate. Luma's innovative choices for entrées include roasted trout, honey-charred chicken, ricotta ravioli, and pork shoulder. The ravioli, as a vegetarian option — with rapini, roasted garlic, and pecorino — is light on the stomach but not weak on the flavour. The braised Willowgrove pork shoulder is a locally sourced choice from a North American farm, with a delicious shiitake mushroom pilaf, green mango pickle, honey truffle sauce, and the unique addition of rice paper crunch.
Even alongside the over 200 other restaurants that Winterlicious allows you to choose from until February 13, Luma still stands apart. It has the Oliver & Bonacini name to back it up — owners of other landmark Toronto restaurants like Canoe, Auberge du Pommier, and Biff’s Bistro. Luma serves consistently good food, and with the option to catch a movie before or after without having to venture out into the cold in between, you can’t go wrong.
$20 lunch and $35 for Winterlicious