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Monk Kitchen
Monk Kitchen
  • Address:
    348 Adelaide St West
    Toronto, ON M5V 1R7
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: CAN$51 and over

Monk Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.templarhotel.com
  • Phone: (647) 933-5546
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Continental, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Fracchioni
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Monk Food Services
    Bespoke Catering for 2 to 300
  • Private Party Facilities: Entertain like it is your own private dining room with your own private chefs.
    Media Previews | Product Launches | Private dinners | Receptions | Closing dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: Andrew Van Buskirk (647) 933-5546

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Peter St
  • Public Transit: Peter | Soho Queen Line | Blue Jays Way | Peter King Line
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking $35.00 | $45.00 overnight Many area surface lots adjacent.
A word from Monk Kitchen
The Templar Hotel, "Toronto's Secret Hotel", opened in 2012 to widespread acclaim, receiving many notable awards including “One of the 10 Best Design Hotels in the World” by London newspaper, The Guardian and runner-up in the “Best New Hotels” by Wallpaper Magazine.

Like all kitchens, Monk Kitchen is the heart of our home. Whether guests choose to dine at the chef’s table while engaging directly with our chefs, the culinary creations prepared by Monk Kitchen can be enjoyed anywhere in the hotel, including the dining room, Monk Lounge, the lobby, or our sidewalk table.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had the most intimate, interesting and relaxed upscale dinner we have ever enjoyed. We were fortunate enough to have the kitchen table all to ourselves for a fabulous dinner last Sunday evening. Monk Kitchen is not only about great good, it is about a unique ddining experience liek no otehr. You can watch yoru dish be prepared from inception to plating, chat with teh chef (we had Anthony all to ourselves on Sunday and he was amazing) and enjoy. We foudn the dishes to be well thought out, marrying various textures and layers of flavor's to result in a tantalizingly mouth and stiomach pleasing experience."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Good food. Great svc . Great chef and servers. This place rocks!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Popped in for last minute lunch with a couple of colleagues. Chef pulled together a terrific 'Chef's Table' meal for us and paired some terrific, surprising wines for us. Can't wait to get back there."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "this is unlike any ordinary dinning experience you've had this far, the chef is amazing, the other two staff were also great. such a great and relaxed environment, its a must go.. a bit on the pricey side but definitely worth it"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "After many rave reviews, we decide to pay a visit on Good Friday. Maybe due to the timing it was eerily quiet. We were the only patrons until the very end when another couple showed up and so got the attention of the whole staff. Chef walked through each tasting menu dish. We took the opportunity to ask interesting questions, learned a few things and find the whole experience engaging. The steak is a bit overcooked, but otherwise it is a unique experience."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Dinner started great and went downhill. Poor/no wine selection. Two unknown reds. Flank steak was flank steak. Kitchen seating interesting but not to be revisited. Three staff struggled to manage 10 guests. Waitress is in the wrong line of work. Was not value for the $300 bill. Former reviewers must not go out a lot."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This was a grossly overpriced and more or less underwhelming experience. I would recommend that others take a pass."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The very idea to allow guests for dinner into the compact kitchen of a lovely downtown boutique hotel to have a superb dining experience in a totally relaxed atmosphere is pioneering for Toronto. Everybody is lovely, welcoming, funny, outrageous and .... A reason to return as soon as possible. A lovely dining experience indeed, and we were very grateful for being looked after and entertained so well."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was very good and the experience unique. The chef was very personable and talked to the 4 diners in a very relaxed way throughout the evening. Very reasonably priced and well worth a visit."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had the 7 course tasting menu and wine pairings served in the kitchen. The food was phenomenal and the wines were divine. We enjoyed chatting with chef Roberto and with our servers very much, they were so accommodating to our interests and they made it an unforgettable evening. It is very pricey at over $200/person, but it's worth it for a one of a kind, memorable experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This place is amazing! We were at the chef's table and it was fun interacting with the chefs as we ate out meals. They couldn't have been any nicer and came to the table with each course to explain and discuss what was being served. Not only were they friendly and casual but the food exceeded or expectations. We chose the wine pairing which didn't suit everyone's palate but you can't always satisfy the entire group if ther are six different opinions. I would go back again if I was looking for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "dinning in a kitchen turned out to be a bit too weird for us, but the meals are great!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Hi this was a very special occasion and we dressed up, however the server was dressed like she should be working in a bar. Cords and a long sleeve t-shirt. She didn't remove my empty wine glasses and once the chef told her to, so our pictures have empty glasses in front of us. The food came to quickly and the stereo was playing rap,"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Eating in a restaurant kitchen is a unique experience every foodie should try. (The kitchen is casual so don't dress up too much if eating there, the restaurant is small intimate and beautifully designed if you want to dress up.) The staff are pros who are seriously passionate about food. Definitely recommend if you want to try something new but be ready that your bill will come in around $200/head."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The hotel entrance was innocuous; the main lobby, front desk and lobby bar were starkly minimalist; the elevator opens right into the kitchen - the tables were industrial kitchen counter and the 'stools' were not great for a 3 hour meal. HMMM --- Very interesting! The chefs, sommelier and server were gracious and made us feel most welcome. The 7 course chefs' table tasting menu and wine pairings were excellent although I wished for and requested (but never got) a listing of our courses with wine that was paired. It would have been nice to track our progress - I couldn't actually describe any dish now ... They all ran together. All up - an interesting one-time experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great evening excellent food, wine pairing, service Staff were very friendly great to be in the Kitchen with all the action one of the most unique dining experiences that we have had"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The no menus/chefs intro was a neat concept and we enjoyed the interactions with the Chef. Food was generally very good with some really good courses but a few misses. The pasta and fish were both fantastic. The fried chicken was a clear miss, with bland flavour and tough consistency (how do you make chicken thigh tough?) and the entree-sized flat-iron steak an odd choice at the end of a 7 course tasting menu. I'm always skeptical of the "boutique hotel vibe", but the restaurant was nicely done. It was a Tuesday so there were only two couples in that night. More guests likely would have improved the ambience. The Chef and the waitstaff were very personable and attentive."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Came with little expetations left feeling very happy with every thing!! Will tell all my friends about this place !"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Wanted a special lunch on New Year's eve day after an early movie at TIFF. Couldn't find anything open in the Entertainment District and finally found this on Open Table. They actually had meant to be closed for lunch but hadn't closed off the lunch time slot. However, despite being the only people in the restaurant, they said they were happy to cook for us. We figured, why not and sat at one of the kitchen tables. Spent the next 2 hours thoroughly enjoying great food and conversation with the chef and sous-chef. The wonderful 4 course meal, including dessert, wine and coffee was $144. It's not often that you have a restaurant all to yourselves and we never felt the least bit awkward. A great way to spend a freezing cold day!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I've been there 3 times now and each time was better than the last! I love not having to think about what to order, and I trust Chef Roberto 100% with what he prepares! Everything is delicious and the wine pairing is just perfect. The food and wine gets me just a touch outside my comfort zone (which I love). I can't say enough good things about Monk Kitchen. If you can, try to sit at the Chef's table, it really enhances the Monk Kitchen experience!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Not much more to say. This is hands down the best restaurant in Toronto. Roberto Fracchioni is brilliant."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great idea to have no menu and allow the chef to design his food based on availability of ingredients. Wonderful experience with excellent wine paring. Perfect portion sizes. We found the cost to be reasonable for the service and offering however would recommend some indication of price in advance."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Inventive cuisine, terrific touch from the affiable chef - highly recommended for a unique, memorable dining experience. Budget 3 hours to get through it."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Service was attentive. Chef was friendly and welcoming. Food was great! A must for foodies. Hidden gem indeed."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I'm glad that other reviewers noted the obscure location for this restaurant, because I never would have found it. We were greeted immediately upon entering the unmarked building and escorted to the bar to select our beverage and then down into the kitchen for dinner. To our surprise, we were the only reservation for the rest of the evening. Our menu for the evening included an amuse of "grilled cheese," "fish and chips" of beet cured fish, orecchiette with bolognese, a beautiful fish and mushroom dish, duck with roasted root vegetables, and a generous assortment of mini desserts. Everything was elegantly presented and delicious. Our banter with the chef and hostess was friendly without being too much. I definitely will return."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Hanging out at the kitchen table with the chef, eating flights of delicious food paired with great wine, made for one of the more memorable evenings ever. Our guests from the UK were delighted by the experience."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "We took the 7 course dinner. Good food, although a bit pricey. Very warm and open service. Nice experience. Main chef was not there."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The restaurant is in the basement of the Templar Hotel, where we were allowed to choose our seats. Options were in the kitchen on bar stools or in very modern community dining room. We chose the dining room setting, possibly a mistake. It would have been fun to sit in the kitchen and watch the food being prepared. The chef asked about likes and dislikes, explained everything would be prepared fresh for us, paired with the wine of their choosing, and we should relax and enjoy. Every course was fabulous, beautifully presented and delicious. Service excellent and all questions about ingredients, preparation and where grown were answered. We expected to have an excellent meal and this exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "Monk Kitchen is a great find. The menu changes daily and you enjoy what the chef prepares, so it is pointless to describe the dishes we enjoyed because yours will be different. Each dish was wonderful alone and the entire meal flowed together well. We did not think the wine pairings matched the quality of the food. It is a little hard to find as the Templar Hotel, where Monk Kitchen is located, has no sign or street number; look for the stark white building on the North side of Adelaide just past #342."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Dining on great food in the midst of talented chefs preparing a meal with Chef Roberto entertaining is an experience that's hard to beat. Really good fun and good food."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Overall great experience. Food selection good. The salad was too much salad for mushrooms. Great talking to the chef and staff."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "No menu. The chef is very sociable and designs a tasting menu based on what is fresh and avoids any food intolerance. The meal was our best in Toronto. The price was very fair for what we were served. We would most definitely return."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Wonderful food made all the more interesting by the opportunity to sit in the kitchen and chat with the chefs while at work. If you are a person who needs to know what you are getting in advance this may not be the place for you, but our small group of 3 found the lack of a menu made the whole experience that much more enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "No fixed menu. Chef's discretion. Everything in the 7 course meal was delicious. The wine pairings were fantastic. Cost per person is approximately $150 (all in) but worth every penny... Great and attentive service."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "Chef Roberto did a great job on the skate and the pork loin! And our waiter, Jonathan was very nice :-)"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "No menu. The chef meets and serves you personally. He will ask you about likes and dislikes and make you a mystery menu. This is a rare gem where you get individual attention from a wonderful chef. You will be there several hours. Between the many courses you will chat and mingle with the chef, staff, and other guests. It's a small place with maybe 30-40 seats. You are encouraged to explore and visit the kitchen to mingle with him and staff between courses. All food is fresh from the market or his own gardens. We had a seven course meal. Six piece desert. All phenomenal. We liked the steak so much he gave the recipe and bottled me up se homemade red wine vinegar for the marinade."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "This place is amazing! A must for anyone visiting (or living) in Toronto. Unless you've done your research, this place would be hard to find. It's located in the basement of a very funky, boutique hotel on an almost desolate road. We wanted a fabulous last hoorah dining experience before flying back home to Australia the next day and Monk Kitchen did not dissapoint. As it was a Monday night, my friend and I were the only customers so we joined the fabulous Roberto (Chef) in his kitchen to eat, drink, listen to music and share ridiculous stories! Roberto is an amazing chef and all round superstar. He was the Toronto highlight!"
    Dined on 7/1/2013
  • "What a find! Tucked away in the lower level of a boutique hotel, the multi-course meal depends on what's fresh in the market that day. Sitting at the edge of the kitchen, you get to chat with chef Roberto and his staff about what they're making for the meal. The wine (and one beer) pairings were simply outstanding. All the way around, this was a very special meal, one of the very best dining experiences of our lives."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "We've eaten at world-class restaurants and Monk really stands out."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "Did not know what to expect with so little reviews and no menu. We are so happy we took the risk and dined here. My wife and I have dined at some of the best restaurants in NYC, and we could not believe Monk was just as good as Michelin star restaurnts in NY. Chef Roberto cranked out some dishes that were unbelievable for any foodie to appreciate. His homemade fettuccine was off the charts. What was even better then his pasta was the fact we got to interact with the Chef and his staff while they made each course for us. It was an unbelievable experience and the food was just as awesome as the experience. Good luck trying to find it, but when you do, you won't regret it!"
    Dined on 6/22/2013