Frilu

4.6
35 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Farm-to-table
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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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ND
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 13, 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 11, 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
18 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 4, 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 December 1, 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
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time at this restaurant. Great experience again!

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OT
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 17, 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
9 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 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I love their take on Asian Influence and creativity.

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F
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 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 25, 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
1 review
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
4 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
1 review
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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OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really enjoyed the experience. The food was innovative; and, interestingly, served on a variety of “dinnerware”. Chef and other staff were very pleasant, and informative. Wine pairings were also interesting. My husband and I will definitely return.

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DO
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place, it is a tasting menu so don’t expect big dishes. The Summer tasting menu was great. The flavours were very subtle and light. Personally, the Tartufo was the overall winner, it was like eating a banana and chocolate cake, and all of a sudden someone sprays black truffle perfume in the air. Great for dates, and adventurous eaters.

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JQ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good experience, great food, good service,very enjoy .

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H
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First, understand that you are leaving the evening to the professionals and professional they are!!! There is a menu but it is just a guide to what will be an evening where all your senses will be used...sight, smell, taste and sometimes even sound. The tasting Menu of 11 courses covers all the bases: vegetables, seafood, protein, liquids and solids....The entire evening was outstanding and we will be back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant! I can't wait for its autumn tasting menue!

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DW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Food design is good , but taste was not good .
Not recommended

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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NT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent small-plate tasting menu.

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TZ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Service was good. Environment was good. But for 95$ I was expecting more and better of food. Too much dessert... too little meat. Mainly pork pork fat for meat, and pork is not so much a quality source of protein...

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B
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful and friendly service. Our meal was a truly unique and pleasant experience. So happy to have such a restaurant in the area.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal. One of the best tasting menus around. Great pairings of alcoholic beverages. Highly recommended.

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