The glamorous Fairmont Royal York, that ‘grand old dame’ in downtown Toronto, opened its doors in 1929. Original details, from hand-painted ceilings and crystal chandeliers, are still intact. Many major celebrities, as well as, Queen Elizabeth II, have stayed in the hotel. Certainly nothing can beat the location – connected by underground (PATH) walkways to Union Station, Air Canada Centre, Eaton Centre, and the Hockey Hall of Fame, and just two blocks from the Yonge Street shops.

Epic restaurant, in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, recently launched its seasonal menu with an emphasis on regional quality ingredients. Award winning Chef de Cuisine Joshua Dyer strives to ensure the EPIC menu ingredients are always fresh and sourced locally (within 100km of the hotel).

You can’t get any more local, than the 18th-floor garden, where the Chef grows fragrant herbs and vegetables, which along with the award-winning honey produced by the bee hives, are used to create the wonderful dishes for the hotels ever-changing menus.

In an intimate private dining room, Chef Dyer presented Epic’s seasonal menu, featuring seafood, poultry and meat dishes.

Winter Menu

Top L-R: Bread Course Butter with flecks of pepper and honey. Diver Scallops with Ontario Pickled & Raw Radish and Celeriac. Bottom L-R: Hay Smoked Hen with confit potato and Quail egg. Willowgrove Hill Pork braised belly, rye berries, roof top honey & hazelnuts.

Ontario Striped Bass with Black Garlic, Grilled Kale, Nut Crunch and Monforte Chevre

Ontario Striped Bass with Black Garlic, Grilled Kale, Nut Crunch and Monforte Chevre.

The restaurant features an extensive wine list in partnership with Ontario wineries. All four wine regions are represented on the list: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County.  Sommelier Gint Prunsku has also added a good mix of international wines to the list from Europe, Australia, South and North America.

Royal York Hotel Epic Restaurant Wines

The seasonal menu was paired with excellent wines: 2013 Big Head, Chenin Blanc, Niagara and 2012 Rennie Estate Winery, ‘Paradox’ Pinot Noir, Beamsville Bench, Niagara.

Royal York Hotel Epic Restaurant team

Chef de Cuisine Joshua Dyer (left) and kitchen team

Note: EPIC Restaurant has been awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor, and is the 2015 winner of Diners’ Choice Award.

If you go:

Don’t forget to check out the 2015 offerings from Festive Dinners to Luncheon Buffets, and of course, Christmas dinner in Epic or buffet in the famed Imperial Room on the 25th. If you’re in the mood for a spot of tea drop by the Library Lounge for their Holiday Tea.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Epic Restaurant
100 Front St. W. Toronto
Tel: 416.860.6949