Underground Dining: Your Toronto Supper Club Guide

By Suresh Doss  |  November 19, 2013

The underground supper club is the delicious alternative to waiting in long lineups at restaurants, and dining in loud rooms where you can barely hear each other. For a number of years, cool themed dinners have been enjoyed in intimate settings thanks to a handful of popular clubs and collaborative chefs. Here's a quick primer to the best gatherings in the city. 

  • Charlie’s Burger

    Perhaps Toronto's most popular underground supper club series, Charlie's Burger runs semi-regular events that bring together local and international chef talent to produce some of the wackiest, weirdest and most innovative supper club menus this city has seen. Previous events have featured critically acclaimed chefs from a variety of countries to themed dinners that featured everything from offal, game meats and insects. 

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  • Massimo Bruno

    Chef Massimo Bruno's popular supper club series, highlighting various regions of Italy, has been running out of his King West studio for over the last five years. Each month, Bruno picks a different region of Italy as the theme, and cooks a number of dishes that best represent the food from that part of Italy. The intimately set dinners are very popular and sell out quickly. Occasionally Bruno will host culinary trips to Italy. 

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  • Kalofagas

    Published cookbook author and critically acclaimed chef Peter Minaki is obsessed with Greek food and showcasing a side of the cuisine that rarely sees the light of day in Toronto restaurants. His monthly dinner series draws from his travel experiences through various parts of Greece. 

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  • House of Commons

    An underground restaurant with a strong focus on farm-to-table cuisine, this is House of Commons. The organiser brings some of the best local producers and chefs for a series of intimate dinners. The recurring theme is provenance, as the dinners aim to showcase the best the province has to offer. 

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