Hadn’t been to North 44 for a large number of years ... so my memories of it are a stellar “foodie” destination with incredible table service and utmost professional atmosphere ...so now I know again that things change and so did North 44 ...BUT the food is no longer at the leading edge ... there are many more alternatives to this menu which tends to mediocrity and old style sauces to mask underperforming mains and appetizers ... at one point on this Saturday evening the noise ambience bordered on that of a downtown raw bar/meet up/hook up destination ... somehow Scaramouche and Scaramouche pasta bar have evolved elegantly to maintain an au courant presence, atmosphere and menu content... even Mitsura without Capra has delivered an outstanding edginess to menu design and execution ...watch your side mirrors North 44 because the competition is about to pass you and leave you behind... Mark McKewan’s reputation deserves better !
There are so many things I like about North 44, but the most significant praise I can offer is that after 20+ years of visiting this venerable establishment, I have never been disappointed. The food is rock solid, service is on point, and the ambiance is relaxed yet sophisticated.
This meal was on New Year's Eve, and I've always found that restaurants "struggle" on New Year's Eve. Not here. I was very happy to see their regular menu and no extra tables lurking in corners.
The lobster tagliatelle with chanterelles appetizer was the highlight of the night for us - I would have eagerly ordered a full portion! It was truly an example of flavors "you just can't get at home". My date's tuna carpaccio appetizer was very good - citrusy, smoky, and well seasoned.
Main course special was beef tenderloin and king crab for my date, which she relished, and which was thoughtfully cut for her in the kitchen (she has a broken wrist). My main was ostrich, also very well cooked, although to be fair, I think I'd get the beef if I had to do it again.
Desserts were lovely and delicious.
I was happy to pay the the bill when it came. Well done.
Excellent food and impeccable service. Smallish portions but delectable.
I absolutely loved my meal. I ordered the duck. My fiancé ordered a steak and it came as just a steak on a plate nothing else. We both agreed that it was overpriced for what we ordered. Service was excellent though. Would go back again for a nice date night.
My wife and I celebrated New Years Eve here. It was one of the best meals of our lives.
We started with salads, and for our entrees she had duck and I had ostrich (with thanks to our waitress who described these exotic dishes to us). The food was gorgeous and meticulously prepared. Every single bite was delicious and, sincerely, perfect. We ate very slowly to appreciate the complexity of each dish.
Our meal with a couple of drinks each plus tip cost us about $260 which is a rare extravagance (and certainly the most we've ever paid for a meal) but it was absolutely worth it. It was a luxury and a privilege to be served by such a talented team of experts.
We have always had a wonderful dinning experience at No 44 and this occasion was no different.
Excellent food, service and ambience. Among the many reasons we like No 44 is that, unlike many Toronto restaurants, you can hear each other at the table and have an enjoyable conversation.
While it is the case that North 44 is one of most expensive restaurants we have gone to, the quality of the food combined with the feeling of comfort and the ambience of the restaurant( and the fact that one can whisper and actually be heard) made our experience truly memorable.
As always the service was excellent. My wife had the fish special and loved it. I had the venison and loved every bite. The folks at North 44 always live up to their reputation.
a wonderful night out. As usual the food and the service was second to none. Thank you to Elaine and her staff for a beautiful night out
Great overall experience. Ambiance was great, food was outstanding. A really great place to treat yourself and others with a dining experience!