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Frilu, Thornhill, ON

Frilu

4.6
4.6
183 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Farm-to-table

Welcoming our guests to enjoy an experience that embraces everything that the seasons have to offer. Contemporary Canadian with some aesthetics and technique that are Asian-influenced. An open-kitchen concept that is personal and interactive, a unique and humble dining experience that is located in serene North Toronto.

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2 people

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Asian, Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (289) 597-8867

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John-Vincent Troiano

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant capacity is 30 seats. Please contact us for special events/buy-outs.

  • Neighborhood

    Thornhill

  • Cross street

    7713 Yonge Street, Thornhill ON L3T 2C4

  • Parking details

    Free parking at rear

  • Public transit

    Located 15-minutes North of TTC Finch Subway Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

This is a sample menu only, items subject to change based on availability

Chef's Tasting – Summer 2021

$140

  • Bread & Butter

    frilu sourdough

    • Couple Bites

      fried sweetbread, pine salt & polenta, raw beef, green onion

      • B.C. Spot Prawn

        jus, salted radish

        • Charred Salad

          cucumber, puffed grains

          • Simple Leek

            chicken skin, bread miso, egg yolk

            • Pasta by Hand

              ricotta, mint

              • Steelhead Trout

                asparagus, saffron

                • Linton Pasture Pork

                  salted plum, large leaf spinach

                  • Refreshing Break

                    summer ice

                    • Green and White

                      pea ice cream, goat milk, lemon balm

                      • Coffee Cake

                        after dinner

                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                        What 183 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                        4.6
                        4.6 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.6Food
                        • 4.8Service
                        • 4.5Ambience
                        • 4.4Value

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                        1. SG

                          SGK1027

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on December 8, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The most valuable dining experience in Richmond Hill/Thornhill Area. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for excellent dining for special occassion or any event. Food was excellent and pairing wines were amazing with the courses.

                        2. JR

                          JacquelineR

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on December 13, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Rare to find such quality and service in North America. Attention to detail of every course recalled fine Parisian dining for me. I would recommend they offer a special cocktail to accompany each tasting menu!

                        3. SJ

                          SlimJim

                          Toronto

                          8 reviews

                          5.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on December 13, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Third time to this restaurant and never disappointed. The progression of the dishes was flawless. The depth of each built on the last creating a wonderful taste experience.

                        4. T

                          Terence

                          London

                          6 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on November 22, 2020

                          overall4food5service3ambience5

                          Nice fine dining option up North. Unique menu which replaced the tasting menu before Covid. However, server needs to be better trained to explain the new menu. We was kept on telling “everything explained on the website.” Until I asked if he was accusing for not doing homework prior to the visit. Also, restaurant serves nice and unique sake. Server has absolutely no knowledge on. Didn’t even know where to find the requested info right in the bottle.

                        5. S

                          Schuyler

                          Toronto

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on November 15, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This is my tenth visit to Frilu now (harder to count the times now that I've gone to them so often over the years), this time for my 30th birthday. The amount of thoughtfulness that goes into serving their guests is incredible. JV, Sandra, Daniel, So, and co. are all incredibly charismatic, friendly, and well-versed in the food and drink that they serve. The dishes are astounding as always, and you can't go wrong with any of the a la carte dishes or the tasting menu - whichever is in season during these times. I will follow and support JV and his extraordinary team wherever they may go in the future - and would suggest that anyone with a receptive culinary mind to enjoy what Frilu has to offer. Go at least once a season, you'll love the diversity in the dishes!

                        6. C

                          Cjsutanto

                          Toronto

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on October 10, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Always an amazing experience. Got one of each item on the menu. All the dishes were amazing. Wonderful chef and service everyone is so caring and friendly. Can't wait to come back!

                        7. YB

                          YlvaB

                          Toronto

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on October 2, 2020

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          We love this place. Its a must to visit in Toronto!

                        8. F

                          Foodie

                          Toronto

                          17 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          17 reviews

                          Dined on October 1, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          As usual the food and service was fantastic!

                        9. JE

                          JEANNIE

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on October 1, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE!!! WILL RETURN IN THE NEAR FUTURE!!!

                        10. TC

                          TheCharles1688

                          Toronto

                          22 reviews

                          5.0

                          22 reviews

                          Dined on September 24, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          As a devoted fan of ‘tasting menu dining experiences ‘, the opening of the ‘ Nordic/Japanese’ influenced “Frilu”, just a short drive from my home was a God sent! Sadly, the onset of this Covid pandemic has deprived me of such enjoyment. For over 6 months I have been yearning for their re-opening. After noticing a month ago of their dine-in option is returning, I decided to pay it an overdue visit. Even though, for now, they will only be offering a la carte dishes. The dinner I shared with my foodie partner tonight was near perfection! After such a long hiatus, the chef and his kitchen miraculously did not miss a single beat! Every dish was uniquely conceived, lovingly prepared and innovatively crafted and presented. The clever use of Bincho-tan charcoal, in a western kitchen, for grilling mushrooms, duck, beef rib etc was a masterful touch, resulting in gorgeous smoky aroma of some key ingredients taking the center stage! We shared the following dishes (repeating for some of the outstanding ones): - Foie de Poulet Parfait ( Chicken Liver mousse, toasted Sourdough crisp ) - Fagottini di Bisonte ( Pulled Bison Short-rib in pastry with sauce ) - Lobster on Crispy Rice ( Lobster meat dressed with chive, horseradish emulsion ) - B.C Tuna & Smoke ( lightly smoked Tataki Tuna paired with Fennel, Konbu Oil & Parsley cream ) X 2 - Mineral/Briny ( Char-grilled Maitake mushroom, Ikura foam ) X 2 - Duck/Grain ( Char-grilled aged Duck Breast, creamed corn, char-grilled whole scallions ) - Dark & Light ( Chocolate granite, strawberry, Chantilly ). Overall, every dish we ordered was a hit! From the super velvety smooth Foie pate to the buttery, crispy thin phyllo-pastry wrapper for the Bison, to the interesting textured and tasty lobster crispy Nigiri, to the lightly smoked, melt-in-the-mouth fresh Tuna, to the ultra-aromatic and delicious char-grilled duck, to the mouth-watering Maitake and Ikura etc. Even the simple char-grilled scallions tasted so amazingly delicious! Wow!!

                        11. G

                          Greg

                          Toronto

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on September 20, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Our second time to Frilu. We had their tasting menu the first time with a wine pairing. The menu is still very good, we shared a number of the appetizers and entrees between the four of us. It was all excellent and allowed us to try different menu items. Also great selection of Sake. Thanks again

                        12. SO

                          StefanoO

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 12, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Fully recommend. Impeccable service with even better food.

                        13. SK

                          SaraK

                          Toronto

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on September 12, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The first time we dined here was September 2018 and since then every visit continues to delight us! There is a whimsical feel to some of their dishes which engages all of your senses. Their food is not only beautiful but also perfectly prepared. While it's not what I would consider cheap, we usually leave feeling like the bill was less than what we should be paying! I always look forward to dining here and would highly recommend!

                        14. F

                          Foodlover

                          Toronto

                          16 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          16 reviews

                          Dined on September 10, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Had an early birthday celebration with my friend and we enjoyed our dinner a lot! Food quality has always been great and service as well! Our server was very attentive.

                        15. a

                          amad

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 6, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Beautiful minimalist decor. Fantastic food, attentive service. Chef is a wonderful person with fantastic skills. Highly recommended. Best restaurant in Vaughan.

                        16. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Toronto

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on September 4, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Amazing food and attentive service

                        17. H

                          Helen

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 28, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent meal. Totally exceeded my expectation. You can tell that each dish is prepared with lots of care and passion. Will definitely be back.

                        18. MW

                          MichaelW

                          Las Vegas

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 21, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Another wonderful dinner. They have gone back to a more traditional menu than the forced tasting menu which I enjoyed better. We ordered the dishes which appealed to us and shared. The ambiance is fantastic, the food amazing. Still our favourite restaurant in Toronto.

                        19. N

                          Nomad

                          Toronto

                          51 reviews

                          5.0

                          51 reviews

                          Dined on August 21, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Exceptional food, creatively prepared and uniquely curated - always a great culinary adventure. Thank you to the team - again!

                        20. F

                          Foodie

                          Toronto

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on August 15, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Would highly recommend Frilu. The food and ambiance are terrific.

                        21. FE

                          FoodEnthusiast

                          Toronto

                          6 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on August 14, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          A Jewel in Thornhill. Great innovative food. Worthwhile experience.

                        22. NL

                          NicoleL

                          New England

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on August 14, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Amazing service, ambience, and food. All dishes were very balanced in flavor and beautifully plated. I would highly recommend anyone to this restaurant.

                        23. SG

                          SarahG

                          Toronto

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 10, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Unbelievable food, great service. Wonderful experience.

                        24. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Toronto

                          11 reviews

                          5.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on March 7, 2020

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          Worth the drive to Thornhill. Friendly service, incredible food! It's a fixed tasting menu with optional beverage pairings (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). We opted out of the pairings and had a bottle of wine from a lean but sufficiently broad and reasonably-priced wine list. The courses were well-paced and service was attentive. The place settings and plating were uncommon and beautiful... but the food was the real star. Each dish was thoughtfully composed, with complex layering of flavors and top-quality ingredients. My husband usually abhors beets and lamb... but he savoured both the slow beet dish and the aged lamb that Frilu served us. The chef and his team are geniuses! Frilu was an exquisite dining experience!

                        25. J

                          Jonathan

                          Edmonton

                          12 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          12 reviews

                          Dined on March 6, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Server was very personable, did not get a name but had a man bun. Great food and great service! Would definitely recommend.

                        26. TD

                          TellyD

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 1, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great find in Thornhill. Brings downtown charm and high end service outside the core. Food was memorable, and the entire experience was one story after another.

                        27. j

                          jcdays

                          Toronto

                          29 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          29 reviews

                          Dined on February 29, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                          Clean minimalist spot in Thornhill Village. Food was thoughtful and delicious. One of the better tasting menus I have had in recent memory. Servers were friendly however a couple courses my pairing was served 10-15 minutes before the next course arrived and I was finished by the time the next course came. One of the courses they topped me up so I could experience the pairing with the course...Would return!

                        28. S

                          Schuyler

                          Toronto

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on February 23, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The dishes are very unique, creative, prepared in a non-traditional way, beautifully presented and of course deliciously awesome. Love the cutlery, glasses and the chopsticks resting on a tiny rock. The shape of them makes everything drink and dish more enjoyable. Oh! the pairing! its a Must. The staff, they have a genuine smile. Very knowledgeable, attentive and they make sure that you are taken care of and never forgotten. i think next time will be my 10th time, and I cant wait to be wowed again.

                        29. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Toronto

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on February 22, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious food and attentive service, great alcoholic and nonalcoholic pairings that complement the dishes well.

                        30. V

                          Vincanity

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 15, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          What can I say. Second time coming to Frilu has been another fantastic experience. With the theme of winter, Frilu has done a fantastic job of guiding us through the cold with their well thought-out menu. Service is great and the bottle of Ontario "champagne Kombucha" is amazing. Kudos to Frilu and their teaming for delivering high standard tasting menu and drinks. We will be back. Hopefully soon!

                        31. FL

                          FredL

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 8, 2020

                          overall5food4service4ambience4

                          Good food, good service and reasonable price. My wife likes the non alcoholic pairing. This is already our fourth time back here.

                        32. DW

                          DavidW

                          Toronto

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on February 5, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Exceptional service, amazing presentation. High quality food. Will definitely go back...

                        33. UJ

                          UJAY

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 2, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Called a week ahead and chef put together an amazing 8 course vegetarian meal. It is worth it for the price

                        34. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 31, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Absolutely outstanding service and exceptional food. Wonderful experience.

                        35. E

                          Eric

                          Toronto

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on January 30, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Very good service and food was amazing

                        36. JG

                          JoshuaG

                          Hawaii

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 25, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Really reasonable pricing given the extensive tasting menu. Portions were on the smaller side, but that allowed us to enjoy everything without feeling absolutely stuffed. Service was great, very attentive and knowledgeable about the food, it's preparation, and the wines that were paired with it.

                        37. LC

                          LaraC

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 19, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Each course was a marvel! The aromas and flavours were amazing and complemented by such lovely presentation. The wine and sake pairings were great. Service was lovely and you can tell that everyone enjoys being there.

                        38. TC

                          TheCharles1688

                          Toronto

                          22 reviews

                          5.0

                          22 reviews

                          Dined on January 16, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          To kick off the New Year and to help us forget about all those pathetic, mass-produced party food. My foodie partner and I decided to pay a visit to this neighborhood dining destination for a round of innovative and refined Nordic/Japanese fusion cooking by Chefs Troiano and Sakata. Wow! What an enjoyable meal from start to finish! Both chef Troiana and Sakata really out did themselves with this new menu offering. IMO, the best and most delicious of our four visits! Every dish possesses its own uniquely independent and diverse appeal, both in terms of taste profile and textural interplay. Even a simple ‘amuse‘ skewer of lettuce topped with house made sweet chickpea miso dressing and crunchy pumpkin seed managed to garner an head nodding ‘wow’ approval from us. A few humble nuggets of juicy, piping hot, turnips with a surprising green herbal filling could well be one of the tastiest morsels of root vegetable I have ever eaten! Other stand out dishes include the warm Oysters, the sous-vide Scallops paired with a home-made ' oyster sauce tasting ' beef garum, the melt-in-the-mouth, fork tender braised Bison short-ribs paired with a most aromatic red-wine based sauce, the pan seared, salt-cured Blue Cod with sweet, house wasabi foam.......etc. Remembering we have already savored the duck and rice dish from our previous fall visit, Chef Troiano automatically substituted the duck with some perfectly cooked and tender Ontario Angus Striploin! What a nice touch and gesture! This type of attention and professional approach alone is well worth our repetitive visit. Coupled with the great food, great value and great service, making this place our ' neighborhood canteen ' is a natural no brainer!

                        39. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Toronto

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on January 16, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Best restaurant I tried so far in Canada (including some top ones such as Toque, Canoe). Top in the modern gourmet entry level restaurant. Would make it into the bib gourmand category in a top restaurant market such as Copenhagen, NYC, Chicago.

                        40. d

                          dinerdiner

                          Toronto

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on January 10, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          A fantastic tasting menu with attentive service from the entire staff. The wine pairing was fantastic and the ambiance was very good. This type of experience is usually only available downtown Toronto so having it up here is great. Good value and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fine dining experience and would return there myself when the menu changes.

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                        Google Map for Frilu

                        7713 Yonge St Thornhill, ON L3T 2C4

                        Additional information

                        • Cross street

                          7713 Yonge Street, Thornhill ON L3T 2C4

                        • Neighborhood

                          Thornhill

                        • Hours of operation

                          Dinner
                          Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

                        • Cuisines

                          Farm-to-table, Asian, Canadian

                        • Dining style

                          Fine Dining

                        • Dress code

                          Smart Casual

                        • Parking details

                          Free parking at rear

                        • Public transit

                          Located 15-minutes North of TTC Finch Subway Station

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Executive chef

                          John-Vincent Troiano

                        • Additional

                          Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                        • Phone number

                          (289) 597-8867

                        • Private party facilities

                          Our restaurant capacity is 30 seats. Please contact us for special events/buy-outs.

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