Summerlicious Preview-Thurs.,July 3rd,2014@ONE Restaurant

By Bill Kwan
A big thank you goes out to Anastasia Saradoc, of the City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture department, for the invite and the hospitality. Summerlicious kicked off  with a preview at ONE Restaurant on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014>  ONE Restaurant is chef and restaurateur Mark McEwan’s beautiful award-winning dining palace in Yorkville.  Sumerlicious runs from July 4th to 20th with appetizing three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at incredibly reasonable prices at over 200 of Toronto’s top restaurant establishments. It was a media frenzy with the return of a trimmer  Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Michael Thompson of Ward 37 Scarborough Centre/City’s Economic Development Committee who got the festivities started at 9:30 a.m. with remarks and then a photo opportunity with a Summerlicious menu sampling after.  The Summerlicious and Winterlicious programs which were started in 2003 generated more than $200 million in economic activity for local restaurants and the Toronto economy.  Three dishes were sampled: Pork Belly with Asian glaze, avocado puree, yuzu aicil, pickled carrot slaw, fried tempura and coriander;  A Fried Chicken dish consisting of: boneless chicken leg, coleslaw, jalapeno cheddar biscuit and gravy; Finally the dessert was a Chocolate Cheesecake(vegatarian) with: peanut butter crumble, honeycomb and salted caramel.  Surprising that the Pork Belly was appetizing. Not a big fan of Pork Belly but it wasn’t too fatty and it was quite tasty.  The Fried Chicken was a good ole southern fried dish you would have in Kentucky.  It had all the fixings of a traditional dish but the jalapeno gave a “kick” to the taste buds.  Finally if you are allergic to peanuts, then the Cheesecake would not be your choice for favourite dessert. It’s a filling dessert and the salted caramel worked well with the Cheesecake.  This Summerlicious lunch menu treat goes for $25. Other lunch menus go for $15 or $20 while Summerlicious dinner menus vary from $25 to $45, depending on the restaurant.  Great value and a tradition in Toronto for over 10 years. Sample the exceptional restaurants that offer modestly priced delicious meals during Summerlicious and when Winterlicious returns to town.