Boulevard Cafe

Price guide: Mid-range

161 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1H1

Price guide: Mid-range

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#21 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Romance

Expert review of Boulevard Cafe

Toronto's best Peruvian food — the Andes hits the Annex.

It doesn't look remotely Peruvian, but the flavours rustled up at this two-storey coner restaurant in the University-adjacent Annex neighbourhood are authentically South American.

Recommended dishes: 

Gazpacho, chili-centric sea bass brochettes, parihuelo spicy monkfish and mussel stew.

Ambience: 

Cosy, which can sometimes translate as "crammed", but early diners usually get a bit more room.

Service: 

This is where this otherwise excellent restaurant falls down. The service can be slooooooow, but charming, or it can be frustratingly slow and disorganised. Definitely not a place to go in a hurry or if ravenous. Reservations, while recommended, are not always honoured on time.

Location: 

A couple of blocks off Spainda, near U of T.

Price advice: 

Worth paying for the unusual Peruvian dishes. I wouldn't pay the extra for the more straightforward South American/Mexican offerings on the menu.

Tables to book: 

Upstairs seems like a Mexican restaurant, downstairs has more of a French restaurant feel. The sidestreet patio is the best bet in summer.

More information on Boulevard Cafe:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Brazilian, Caribbean
Address:
161 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1H1
Telephone:
+1 416 961 7676
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Peruvian

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