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The first time I went to Elmwood Spa was years ago before the renovations and it was such a nice and relaxing experience. Now that the renovations are done, with the new decor and additions, the experience is even better. I think the best new addition is the jacuzzi in the women’s change room.
Another thing I like about Elmwood Spa is that their pool is co-ed, so you can bring your male friends/partners. The water is not too cold and the jacuzzi next to the pool is a great plus as well, where you can relax with your loved one or a friend.
Elmwood Spa is definitely one of my favorite spas. It’s professional, clean, beautiful decor, great services (I would recommend Margaret or JC for a Swedish massage), polite and helpful staff, not too busy during weekdays, and amazing food at the Terrace, where you can eat in your robe.
Last time I went there, the lunch was amazing! It’s a three-course luncheon (appetizer, entree, dessert) for $29. I had the spicy tomato soup paired with spinach and herb. This soup was one of the best soups I ever had. The both sides complemented each other so well. The taste was comforting, yet refreshing with a bit of spicy kick to it but not too spicy.
Next on the menu was the Duck a l’Orange. Pan seared muskovy duck breast with orange chai reduction served with fingerling potato confit and cider braised fennel. I usually don’t like ordering duck in restaurants, as it’s such a hard meat to cook but the duck at the Terrace was very tasty and tender – no fatty chunks – and all the additions complemented each other once again.
I also recommend the Beet Cured Salmon and the Steak Frites. Both are really amazing dishes.
For dessert I got the Chai Panna Cotta. Creamy chai pudding topped with grilled orange and strawberries, drizzled with caramel sauce. It was good but too sweet for me.
Right now, Elmwood Spa is having some nice packages for Valentine’s Day, so take advantage of them and enjoy!
18 Elm Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1G7
(East of Bay Street, South of Gerrard Street)