Relish Bar & Grill , 2152 Danforth Avenue (1 block east of Woodbine), Toronto; 416-425-4664
While I was in Toronto over Christmas, I went to a restaurant called Relish Bar & Grill twice. My first visit was with a friend who'd sussed out the spot before my visit. Relish is a small restaurant with a long, skinny bar, and it’s away from the downtown core but easily accessible by subway (it's a block east of Woodbine station). The menu is Mediterranean tapas — small plates meant for sharing — and the list of both gluten-free and vegetarian choices was impressive. My friend doesn’t have celiac disease, but she ordered off the gluten-free menu so that we’d be able to share dishes in the true spirit of tapas. It was a fantastic spread: warm olives with fresh rosemary and red peppers, a salad of heirloom tomatoes and feta atop pickled red onions, a wild mushroom risotto drizzled with black truffle oil, and a blue corn tortilla stuffed with chicken.
There were a couple of service issues on my second visit, but the food was still excellent (the full story is on my blog, the Gluten-Free Guidebook , if you'd like to read more). Nonetheless, Relish is well worth a visit.