If you haven’t heard yet – tonight is the big gluten-free night! I’m excited to be hosting the GlutenFreedom Week Twitter party at 8p.m. EST! Come join GFW founder, Rachael Hunt and myself as we share helpful tips and chat about the challenges and joys of going gluten-free. I’ll be giving away 3 copies of my book, Where Do I Start? to participating tweeters, so be sure to join in!
In celebration of GlutenFreedom Week, I’ve been profiling a number of participating restaurants. Today I’m presenting Toronto’s Yours Truly, located at Ossington and Dundas West. This restaurant’s eclectic and ever changing menu can only be described as “simply Canadian,” according to owner Aleem.
Chef Lachlan Culjak and his kitchen team is made of up young and creative cooks from across the globe who have spent years traveling and cooking in respected kitchens. Their inspirations “change as quickly as the seasons” and centre around preparing Ontario’s best ingredients in creative ways.
What’s most unique, however, about this restaurant is their tasting menu format. For those of you who are like me that are never quite satisfied with only a single main dish – this format is definitely for you. The standard Yours Truly tasting menu (5 plates + 5 amuses for $55) has a single focal ingredient for each dish. The diner has two options per course, vegetarian or omnivore.
For the very adventurous diner, the restaurant offers a limited number of seats per evening for their Carte Blanche menu ($95), which is a blind tasting menu, where the kitchen selects 20 courses based on the diner’s meat or vegetarian preference.
Both menu formats include a series of amuse and tasting courses from the kitchen which can be customized to accommodate dietary restrictions. Gluten-free dishes are prepared with the same care as peanut or shellfish allergies, and the kitchen follows strict procedures to ensure cross-contamination is never an issue for diners. (As always, it is the diner’s responsibility to communicate their dietary needs to the kitchen!)
Yours Truly has not yet released their GlutenFreedom Week menu, but no doubt it will be delightfully adventurous!
Visit Yours Truly during GlutenFreedom Week May 25-31
229 Ossington Avenue
416-533-2243 (reservations recommended)