Michelin 2023 [Toronto]

Michelin is adding 12 Toronto restaurants to its 2023 guide, due to be announced at a ceremony on September 27. https://guide.michelin.com/us/en/article/dining-out/michelin-guide-toronto-new-additions-restaurants

Note: they are still limiting their selections to restaurants located within the City of Toronto boundaries, so the North of Steeles folks are out of luck).

Stars or Bibs will be awarded to:

Kappo Sato
Mimi Chinese
Sunnys Chinese
The Wood Owl
White Lily Diner


Frilu is north of Steeles. Maybe they’re using GTA boundaries.

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Ah, right about Frilu – but I think they are the sole exception. Unless I am mistaken, every other restaurant in the guide (including the 12 new ones) is within the 416 boundaries.

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Having both Mimi and Sunny’s on here looks suspect.

I was turned off by Mimi’s social media person’s response when I asked for takeout from Mimi’s since I’m immune-compromised and cannot dine inside. She replied that I should I come dine inside and bring lots of family and friends.

A tone-deaf idiot who doesn’t understand customer service.

Alo understands that not every customer who wants to spend money on good food is able to dine indoors.

Kudos to the restaurants that make accommodations for their clientele.
I want to try Wood Owl.

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Well, we have been to only 3 of these (4 if you count takeout from Sunny’s), so more options for our ever growing list. We’ve really liked Tiflisi and White Lily has been a nice neighbourhood option.

@Phoenikia There are plenty of places that offer great takeout aside from the ones that won’t. It’s their loss of your (and other’s) business.

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I’ve only been to Kiin and White Lily Diner off this list.

I’ve walked past Parquet frequently. Prices seemed steep, and that’s the main reason I hadn’t tried it yet.

In retrospect, the prices are comparable to Restaurant Pompette or Lapinou.


Well … Michelin did claim that “service” isn’t the criteria to be listed on the guide.
But the inclusion of Mimi and Sunnys just made me LMAO.

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I have the same misgivings.

Michelin listings are big business and it’s been widely reported of arrangements being been made with various Tourism Boards around the world (including Toronto and Vancouver) and private companies where Michelin is paid six-figure sums for the privilege having their restaurants to be reviewed by Michelin for set periods (e.g., 3 years).

In this context, it’s quite plausible then that Michelin may receive supplemental payments from particular restaurants to be featured as a Bib Gourmand or Recommended. Being able to advertise oneself as a Michelin restaurant has financial rewards & prestige, so there’s certainly incentive for restaurants to pay this “marketing expense.”


I have read interviews of someone stating that Toronto paid for its Michelin guide but I have never heard of restaurants paying to be included. Hiring consultants is one thing but paying to be included is something much more controversal. Are there any evidence to suggest that someone have paid for theirs?