Monday, April 20, 2009

Four, 187 Bay St. (lower level), Toronto; 416-368-1444

I've had great gluten-free dining experiences at Far Niente, but it's an expensive choice. But a moderately priced restaurant now resides in Far Niente’s basement, where there used to be a bar. The restaurant, Four, advertises itself as having a “balanced approach to guilt-free dining.” Every dish on the menu is less than 650 calories. That’s not such a feat with a starter salad like the beet-and-pear with goat cheese, but it’s pretty impressive with gluten-free main courses like the delicious ocean trout with beluga lentils and sherry-mustard-dressed greens.

Four isn’t such a health-crazed spot that they neglect the cocktail list (the pernod-chambord-raspberry cocktail is lovely). At lunchtime, Four offers sandwiches on gluten-free bread. There's a longer review on my blog, the Gluten-Free Guidebook, if you'd like to read more.

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