Frilu

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Farm-to-table
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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AL
Toronto
51 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

This was my second time at Frilu since my first time there was very good. So this time I recommended some friends to go with again. They had just changed from summer to fall menu a few days ago. We all agreed that the fall menu was not that good. Not sure if we will come back again.

KW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and food! Really exceptional and will go again!

H
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First night of the fall menu and nothing disappoints. John, Kelly & team know how to make food and liquid use every sense....from eyes to nose to taste.....congratulations and look forward to seeing you again soon.

CC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was quite beautiful. I enjoyed the subtle Asian touches in the menu. There were definitely stand-outs in the tasting, there were other dishes that fell flat for me. They might focus too much on technique and presentation and not enough on flavour. I'm curious to see what their fall menu will look like.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good quality and unique experience uptown!
Wide range of ingredients, fun and original pairings, seasonal menu, would visit again

AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This was not a dinner. It was a dining experience. I would rather have 9 innovative and beautiful dishes as opposed to one big slab of steak for the same price.
Food is for the senses, both visual and aromatic and this meal clicked all those boxes.
The talented chef was nice enough to visit each table at the end of the meal.
Bravo!
Anne Miko

SJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service at Frilu was excellent. The food hit all the right notes for flavour and presentation. Service was performed by the Chef and knowledgeable servers. Each dish both excited and satisfied our appetite.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good!!!!!

FW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fine dining experience north of Toronto. Very creative menu and great attention to details.

D
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Noise level is high only because of the design of the dining room. There is a lot of echo likely because there is nothing to absorb the noise.

This is one place I can tell the chef puts his heart into the design of the dishes. High quality fresh ingredients are apparent. Every dis is a piece of art likely from Japanese influence.

A majority of the wait staff know the menu well.

This is a rare find in the GTA and particularly in North GTA.

t
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not only was the food delicious, the service is what blew this experience over the top for both me and my partner; they catered to our specific dietary restrictions and made sure we were content and comfortable the whole way through

OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If i could give Frilu 6 stars ... I would. I took my mom out for my birthday and right off the bet starting with the staff, service was tentative and friendly. We also love the fact that they have a non alcoholic pairing option.

Chef and team had our lots of thoughts and creativity to make the dishes tasty, playful at times and definitely a feast for the eyes as well.

Very happy that we have this wonderful dining option in Thornhill. Would definitely come back to try their fall menu.

G
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food and presentation of food. We did the pairing with the menu and it outstanding.

H
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

John and His team produce the best dining experience in the City....PERIOD. Don’t be fooled by the idea of not drinking alcohol BUT choose the non-alcoholic pairing

TC
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

With a kitchen anchored by a chef/owner ( John-Vincent Troiano ) who had honed his skill, not only in our local Japanese Kaiseki temple – Hashimoto, but also in kitchens like the world famous NOMA and San Francisco Michelin 3* BENU, it has become a prime target on my gastronomic radar screen. However, when, with the help of its adventurous Nordic and Japanese themed tasting menu, it was propelled onto Air Canada’s 2019 Best New Restaurant List (receiving a ranking way higher than other notable new stars like Don Alfonso 1890), It automatically became a ‘must-try’ on my book!

This evening, for once, without the need to brave the notorious rush hour Don Valley traffic, my foodie brother-in-law and I drove with heightened anticipation to ‘FRILU’ for our annual, men-only, joined birthday ritual.

Nestled within an un-assuming road side strip plaza on Yonge Street and in an area surrounded by predominantly Persian and Korean businesses. We entered the premise to find a quaint and cozy oasis, with neutral, minimalist, Zen themed décor.

With a ‘trust-the-chef’, Omakase style, tasting menu as our only choice, we settled down with our glass of lip-smacking, food friendly, Mittnacht-Klack’, 2015 Alsace Gewürztraminer and waited to be ‘wowed ‘?!

Well, I am pleased to report that this evening’s meal must be, hands-down, the most enjoyable tasting menu experience I have had in Canada for quite! A meal worthy of a Michelin star! Rare ‘wow-factor’ that had eluded many of my past meals has suddenly re-emerged! Every component and aspects of our dining experience were near flawless. From the super-friendly, attentive and professional service, to the beautiful plate presentation, to the dishes’ unique creativity and use of exotic seasoning, to the perfect execution of the ingredients, to the resulting delicious, complex flavor profile and its associated equally, wonderful textural interface, to the meal’s amazing value…..the accolades can go on and on!!
I'LL BE BACK! AND SOON!

j
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Where was Frilu when we lived around the corner for 30 years.
However, driving from downtown, where we now live, was definitely worth our while.
Liked the fact there is just one set menu, nothing else to choose from.
The presentation is superb on different plates each time. Expertly explained by staff. delivery of courses nicely timed, nothing is rushed. Staff is extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive.
We liked all items on the menu, but the halibut, the pork and the opening dish " Freshing" stood out.
Will definitely be back.
Wish this restaurant a very long, successful run at this location.
What a gem. Thornhill is very fortunate.

A
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely sublime. Do not be swayed by the location - this is worth a trip. The influences from the chef's stints at Noma and Benu show in the clever use of ingredients and the subtle artistry in presentation. Our servers were outstanding - and extremely knowledgeable in steering us through the excellent choices of sake, including a very rare sparkling sake. The finest meal we had in Toronto.

AL
Toronto
52 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my husband and I first time dining at Frilu after hearing great reviews about it. We weren't disappointed at all! We ordered the non-alcohol pairing, which we thought was an outstanding pairing! We had the summer tasting menu, all the courses was outstanding and couldn't wait to go back again!! Definitely recommend to family and friends!

DW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievable dining experience. A must try. The service was excellent, and just as much a part of the evening as the food.

KC
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

Most of the food was good, although the crab was tasteless and the noodles with it were not at all to my liking. The horsemeat was ok, but I hated the semi-raw egg that came with it.
The main problem was that the air conditioning was set at way too cold a temperature and was aimed directly to where I was sitting instead of up into the air.
When I moved the waitress said I’d be colder there because the air was aimed at my new location. Not true! This was the same waitress who said the name of the grape that made my wine was “gros”, which is only part of its name

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome dining experience! The non alcohol pairing is perfect as well! Really enhances the flavor of each course! Will definitely return in a few months when their Fall menu arrives!

JT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my second time visiting Frilu, and again was my experience incredible! My guests and I had the summer tasting menu. If you are looking to try Canadian farm-to-table cooking in a completely exciting and non-traditional style: Frilu does not disappoint. Over the last two menus that I have tried, Chef J.V. has brilliantly put together an amazing array of tasting menu dishes. The selection of alcohol was also fantastically put together by the front of house manager Kelli. Who could also forget the amazing service delivered by our server Leo, who was knowledgeable and took detail to each step of our meal. Will highly recommend to all of my friends and family. If you are planning on going, don’t hold back! Do the tasting menu and the alcohol pairing!!!!

IO
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent, can't wait for their Fall tasting menu!

SB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High Standard of Food. Absolutely excellent. Would recommend to anyone.

R
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal and would certainly go back again. Most exciting part is they have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic pairing, makes it fun for the designated driver as well. :)

BK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Creative and fresh. They have one tasting menu with 9 courses. But it is terrific and changed out 5 times per year for when you go back. Terrific food prepared with imagination, intersting combinations and super fresh ingredients. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable and enjoy what they are doing. Wine and sake pairings spot on and super interesting.

Definitely worth a visit. Average ticket $300 to $400 for two. Well worth it.

Only small negatives are decor a bit austere and location a bit out of the way.

Put this one on your list to try. Way better than some Michelin starred restaurant I have eaten at. Enjoy

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Frilu is a product of trends that are not sourced from an honest and genuine place. The food while conceptually impressive is not executed on a level that one expects from a $95 tasting menu. The small morsels of food tried too hard to be something they were not.

The bread, while having a pleasant story of being sourced from local wheat was flavourless, lacking any robust fermentation. The butter with "Italian" spices was single dimensional, tasting of Chinese five-spice.

The scallops were not fresh and lacked sweetness I found that the sake gel overpowered the dish, and while all the components tasted good together, I had just one "good" bite from the entire plate.

The horse tartar was good, but lacked complexity. It was rich from the egg, fresh from the greens, but lacked a spice or acidity that would make you salivate and want to eat more.

The crab noodle dish was truly perplexing. The dashi stock was flat, the noodles were out of place, and I found a piece of crab shell in mine. There was a lack of direction with this dish, I did not understand what the chef was trying to accomplish, I was lost in what he wanted the diner to experience.

The zucchini flower was technically impressive, and I did enjoy the egg plant jus. However, the flavours just were not there. The rice was under seasoned and there was barely any chicken in the dish.

The halibut was overcooked (3/4 diners agreed), and the chef simply told us it was "as he intended".

The pork dish was under seasoned as well, the corn sauce was overly sweet. The "smoked" peaches tasted like a cigarette butt. I found the fried pork belly to be delicious, but uninspired.

The desserts were serviceable, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, Frilu was unmemorable and in many ways a negative dining experience They have all the gimmicks of a fine dining restaurant with none of the substance.

N
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another fantastic meal curated by the exceptional staff and talented chefs at Frilu. A bit noise, but the creative and delicious food makes it all worthwhile!

GT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely stellar experience. Creativity and passion come through in all the dishes on this tasting menu. This chef is going places.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, chef was incredibly accommodating to our allergies, service was warm and friendly.

DT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I really enjoy the food. We were there on one Saturday and went back with 2 more couples on the following Thursday with wine pairing. The wine pairing is fantastic especially the Sake. No kidding, we could eat their food every day. Their food is almost as good as Alo IMHO except for the location, the ambience and the decoration. I ate in Michielin 3 star Benu in San Francisco, I see familiality as the head chef/owner did work there.

If you enjoy good food, I strongly recommend giving this a try for $95 (2019) ... Dave

SF
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All was excellent. Wishing they had installed acoustic panels to absorb some of the noise. Otherwise, it was exceptional.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I believe this is my 5th visit to my favourite restaurant. If the frequency of my visits don't suggest how much I truly value each and every experience, put simply: Frilu places the most thought into every single ingredient, dish, decor, experience, interaction, and taste that you will experience from the moment you arrive in a utopian-like atmosphere of amazing food and drinks, until you set foot back into the real world.

Pay close attention to what's being placed on your table - if you have the chance to talk to the amazing owners and GM, you'll learn exactly how much work goes from the entire Frilu team into making all of this possible. Two great examples are John-Vincent's handmade table bread for the latest summer menu, and Kelli's curations of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic pairings designed to bring out the flavour of the entire set menu. You won't be disappointed!

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

We love this restaurant, this was our second time to Frilu. The change of season and the change of menu was terrific, the food is presented beautifully, but the tastes and flavors blow everything away. Honestly when I saw horse on the menu, I was a bit hesitant, as I have never experienced it before and it just seemed a bit weird. Nevertheless I reminded myself of where I was and knew regardless it was going to be delicious. I was not disappointed. The overall service is top notch. Every dish is throughly explained and the staff are just very pleasant people. They really seem to love what their doing, which gives everything a nice vibe.
At $95 it is an extravagance but if it’s a special occasion the value is their based on the overall experience.
My hope is that the downtown crowd will hear about this little gem and make to trip north, it will be worth it and free easy parking.
We want to see Frilu flourish for years to come.
Congrats on your first year in the books.

DK

B
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food is very innovative and tasty that I would recommend friends to go. Service was great during the dinner and the servers are very knowledgeable of the dishes and ingredients. It is a small restaurant and music was soft but somehow a bit noisy and hard to hear the servers full description of the dishes. Part of the reason might be someone at the next table speaking too loud. One thing I want to comment is the flexibility. We were 1st one to be at the restaurant and was given a table for 3 by the window. It was sunny so we asked to have the next table not by the window. They were set up for 2 people but all you need to do is to put 2 tables together and split the other tables into 2 of 2 seater. This is a 1 min thing but the waiter refused to do and insisted us to take the window seat and put down the blind. If the other tables were taken, I could understand but being first in the restaurant,...

BB
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious, fresh and very creative. We enjoyed every single dish. The portion was just right for me but my husband may have a different opinion on that. Service was impeccable. $95 for a tasting menu of this quality is not bad at all but $65 for wine paring seems a bit on the expensive side relative to the price of the food. Would definitely recommend this place.

GL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service are excellent. Unfortunately it was very noise in the restaurant. I hardly hear what the server when they introduce their food.

TO
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Firstly the staff were fantastic, attentive, informative and hospitable while not overservicing
Secondly the tasting menu with 10 selections was exceptional - very creative dishes and we couldnt come up with a favourite - delicious and beautifully presented and for $95 super value.
The wine parings were not to our taste with a bit too much Sake so we opted for ordering from the wine list - while not extensive there is enough to choose from on the wine list both by glass and bottle
My only negative comment is we found it a bit warm early on with the sun beating in but it cooled down later in the evening - best recommendation we can give is we rebooked to take our friends there in a couple of weeks

SC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful culinary adventure!!!! So glad to have a restaurant of this calibre in Thornhill!

CM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is a pleasure to dine in a restaurant where everyone really cares about what they do. This was evident throughout our experience; the passion and care shone through. We will definitely be back.

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