Frilu

4.5
51 reviews
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
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Welcoming our guests to enjoy a tasting menu experience that embraces everything that the seasons have to offer. Contemporary Canadian with some aesthetics and technique that are Asian-influenced. An open-kitchen concept that is personal and interactive, a unique and humble dining experience that is located in serene North Toronto.
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4.3
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SG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great restaurant with great service. Will be back soon.

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H
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I dine out frequently and have been to every top restaurant in Toronto and to many of the world’s top 50. We feel qualified to say that Frilu is the best high end restaurant value! The food is creative and exceptional...the non-alcoholic tasting menu is wonderful....people are passionate and professional and we love every time we are Frilu. Three things to remember when you walk into Frilu...1. The professionals are in charge (this is a set menu and you have no say). 2. The pace will be determined by how you choose to eat your food but plan on a 2-2.5 hour experience. 3. The price is set ($95++) so the bill should never a surprise and as such you can enjoy the evening.

We think Frilu is a top 5 Toronto food experience but the best value!!!

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N
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Frilu was a fantastic experience - great fusion of Japanese and Italian with surprisingly complex and unusual flavour combinations. We loved it and hope to return soon! Small restaurant so book early

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Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an amazing experience! It’s my third time around to try their seasonal menu that changes every few weeks and it never fails to impress me with the level of perfection and love you can see and taste crafted for every single dish. Absolutely amazing, friendly staff, perfect tasting dishes. Can’t wait for the next season!!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small, intimate restaurant. Food was amazing. Presentation and service impeccable. Would definitely visit again.

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a
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Finally decided to try Frilu out and it didn't disappoint! The interior was warm and stylishly-simple. I was greeted and led to the bar table, where I could chat with Kelli the general manager and learn more about the dishes and paired wines and sakes. As expected for any tasting menu, portion of each dish was not huge but all tasted great. I loved the Winter Turnip as the chicken puree was rich and hot (perfect for warming up in a winter evening). Another dish that surprised me was the black cod. The fish was done just right, moist inside, without too much seasoning which could have hidden the true taste of the fish. And the dessert of the night was a fried hazelnut tofu and sweet yam icecream, both sounded unusual but tasted really good. And I actually had an urge to call and tell my friend about this place while enjoying the meal!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Exceptional food pairings great service and attention to detail.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

More than amazing food that has been meticulously prepared with extreme care and skill, Frilu is a destination that has the most charismatic owners and staff you could ever ask for in a restaurant. If you choose the alcohol pairing, you will notice the restaurant has a beautifully balanced "Yin and Yang" where the dishes prepared are wonderfully matched to various wines, ciders, and sake for the best enjoyment of your culinary journey. After 4 attendances, it's becoming clear that Frilu will stay as one of my absolute favourite restaurants, perhaps for a lifetime if I have any say into the continued success of such a great establishment.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant north of St Clair

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ST
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and presentation. Lovely spot to bring a date or show off to a friend. Price is reasonable compared to similar establishments in Toronto.

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SG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Our waiter was very forgetful of when we asked for lemon and water. It’s not a busy place and that’s the only order we placed as it’s a set menu. We didn’t need to ask several times until it was brought. The portions were extremely small. Each meal fit on about a teaspoon- I’ve been to restaurants like this before and the pre-set meals are very substantial you do not go home wanting to make yourself a snack but here the entire party was still hungry afterwards. We were not a fan of the dishes, they were mediocre. Edible but not outstanding. The waiter would bring each dish to our table and would whisper what they were. I understand it’s a quiet restaurant but it’s an issue when the diners cannot even hear what the waiter is saying. I would not recommend, save your money.

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e
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

First of all, we parked at the back of the restaurant as directed by Frilu’s website. The walk to the restaurant was a safety hazard with an unsalted, icy and slippery walkway. Secondly, Frilu took my credit card number upon reservation, so when I arrived on time and my table was still occupied. The server explained “The previous table arrived late, we tried to rush them but there’s nothing we can do.” I questioned, “So, why is that my problem?” Instead of addressing my question, the server simply walked away. Later the service manager came by and said “they’re still having dessert so you can wait at our bar table.” But the bar table didn’t have enough seats for the 6 of us. When I expressed again that I’m not happy about the arrangement, the service manager told me “well there’s nothing we can do to rush them, and I’m sure you have been late for reservations before”. I didn’t understand why I received a lecture on the unimportance of punctuality while I was on time and the restaurant was late! After 20 minutes, the 3 diners from the previous table agreed to sit at the bar to finish their dessert so the 6 of us can be seated. The service manager emphasized, “the guests are EXTREMELY NICE and offered to sit at the bar”. I happened to notice that they left around 40 minutes later. So if they weren’t extremely nice, was Frilu just going to make us wait for an hour? Couldn’t they be moved when our party arrived on time to avoid the whole unpleasant situation? In the middle of the meal we received a complementary dish for the wait, while I appreciated the gesture, it felt insincere and honestly a bit late after the horrible experience. Throughout the meal no one bothered to ask us about our experience, and as we were leaving no one said thank you or good bye (as they did with other guests). I did not appreciate Frilu’s unwillingness to own up to their problem and accept responsibility.

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TD
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Looking forward to my next visit!

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FK
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

food is not so good as expected, however the wine pairing is more satisfactory

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ES
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All was incredible. Delicious food, amazing presentation, fantastic service.

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ND
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

2nd visit, even better than the first. already booked our next visit. One of the best tasting menu's (and wine pairings) in the GTA. Highly recommended.

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H
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was excellent, creative and well presented. Servers were a little inexperience (did not pour drinks, forgot to refill, asking for wine & drinks, ) for a fine dining restaurant, although it is evidenced that they were trying their best (very polite & friendly). Frilu serves teas but not espressos, hope that will change! We would definitely come back for the next seasonal menu!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great, service was exceptional. I visited here to celebrate my friend’s birthday and since it is 10years since we’ve been friends, I wanted to take her to a special place. I like the private atmosphere unlike other big franchised restaurants, and the food was handled with personal care. I was provided with special course meal since Im allergic to many ingredients that are commonly used in food, and the chef took extra care with this. Not all food in the course meal met my appetite, but I enjoyed it overall. Definitely recommend the place. It is hard to locate local restaurants in uptown. Please please go and enjoy the food and support the local restaurants!

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Interesting combination of tastes. Presentation above and beyond. Great tasting menu. Looking forward to next seasonal experience.

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ED
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere, service, presentation are wonderful.
Ingredients are fresh and fine, cooking methods are interesting and creative recipes. Taste is subjective depending on dishes.

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TT
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday with family. Service was attentive and the food was beautiful and delicious. Every dish was a work of art. The dessert was such a delightful surprise to all the senses! Loved the partridge on a pear tree - original and flavourful.

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KL
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very lovely experience! Everything was gorgeously plated and it tasted just as amazing! We went as a family and we had a wonderful evening of food, drinks and conversation.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The dishes were very dainty and creative with some fun themed dishes that were Christmas themed.

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MI
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very impressive tasting menu. The ingredients are fresh and well coordinated. The dishes have strong Japanese influence, and match with the overall minimalistic and earthy decor. I would like to go back and look forward to their holiday/winter menu.

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AU
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! Definitely come back for the food!

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v
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Amazing experience , fall tasting menu with asian flavour. Cant wait to try winter suggestings.

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F
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time at this restaurant. Great experience again!

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A
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Definitely one of the best restaurants to open in the GTA this year. The tasting menu was fantastic and offered a lot of unique dishes. Very accommodating for food allergies. If I have to be nitpicky I would say that service lacked the refinement expected of a fine dining restaurant at certain points of the night, but in general was very attentive and friendly. Highly recommended.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The 2018 fall rendition of the menu is dubbed “harvest moon, changing leaves” ($95) and consisted of ten dishes. After speaking to the couple beside us, they insisted the wine pairing is a must ($60). Indeed, they were right. The pairings were spot on going perfectly with each dish. Given my friend and I were driving, they even let us split a pairing, or the equivalent of about two glasses per person.

Frilu aims to “excite and surprise” guests, so one dish that will span across all seasons in the Lar-Eo. Inspired by an Oreo, Frilu’s biscuit drops the chocolate and uses black quinoa and blueberry instead, which sandwich a creamy centre made with lardo(whipped pork fat) spiced with star anise.

We’re advised t o eat the savoury cookie like an Oreo - twist it open and lick the centre – the creamy white filling silkier and lighter than the original offering. While the quinoa cookie is an interesting idea, it’s also a bit mealy and dry. If Frilu really wants to start with something whimsical, they should take the dish one step further and serve it with a warm cup of cream consommé. It would help balance out the dry cookie and give the diner the whole experience of dunking an Oreo in a cup of “milk”.

Maybe they thought the cava paired with the Lar-Eo would be sufficient. It did help cut through the fat and added a refreshing contrast against the earthy spices, but didn’t revive a dry biscuit.

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A
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is AMAZING!! If you want a VERY high quality, authentic, fine dining experience in uptown / GTA, you MUST check this place out!!! Every dish was plated to perfection, the detail in the service provided was on another level, super nice and respectful staff, great atmosphere in a minimalist design, dimly lit room... For the price for a 10 course menu it is extremely worth it ($95), additional $60 for a glass of wine paired with each dish! My favourite was Waterfowl: Marsh with duck, burnt onion, fall textures!

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KK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I love their take on Asian Influence and creativity.

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F
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommended. We had a great meal at Frilu, where they appreciate the purity and wholeness of the ingredients. Service was also personable and courteous.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Warm greeting, kindly staffs and excellent service.

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OT
Toronto
134 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great to have a restaurant with quality tasting menu in Thornhill
Came soon after it opened & obvious they are trying hard
Each course beautifully presented!
Staff inexperienced still & they could use a vegetarian option
Think this will be a good addition to the area

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DM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very interesting dining experience! 10 or so small plates presented as a tasting menu. Although some were better than others, that was more a question of personal taste. The flavours, presentation, variety, and service were all excellent. A similar meal in downtown Toronto (of which Frilu is the same caliber) would be far more expensive. Highly recommended and we will be back when the winter menu rolls out!!

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VL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the food with wine pairing, full of surprises and amazingly tasty! The servers are very nice and friendly! Definitely will be back!

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AJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. A gem north of Toronto. The food was innovative and aligned to the season. The service was attentive without being overbearing.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding experience.
Delicious seasonal tasting menu!
Great knowledge of wine and spirits
Would highly recommend!

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LA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great tasting menu at an uptown location! The food was eclectic with every bite pleasing the pallet. Service was superb.

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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food.
Friendly professional service.
Been to most of the top 2018 Canada top 100 restaurant in Toronto serving tasting menu. This is highly original tasteful value meal.
The other items on the menu are exceptional as well.

A gem in the area. Just opened for 3 months.

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