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Learn the latest cooking trends, exquisite homemade recipes and meet the team at Essence of Unionville.

Holiday Gatherings

CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY DINNER December 24th & 25th View menu SANTALICIOUS BRUNCH December 25th View menu TURKEY MEAL WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS Early bird by December 15th View menu NEW YEAR’S Prix Fixe Dinner December 31st View menu Market Brunch January 1st View menu For reservations, call 905-470-8500 or dinehilton@markhamsuites.com.  

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Food Lovers Rejoice (again)

Effective Monday November 16th, the lounge will serve an all day menu for lunch and dinner, weekend a la carte brunch and weekend traditional afternoon tea. View menus below: All day A la carte brunch Traditional afternoon tea Looking forward to welcoming you back!

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French Onion Soup Recipe

Ingredients   Butter – 125 grams Onions (sliced) – 5 medium  Garlic (chopped) – 3 cloves Sugar – 5 grams Red Wine – ½ cup Beef Stock – 1,250 ml Thyme – 2 sprigs Bay Leaves – 2 pieces Beef (diced, no fat) – 500 g Salt & Pepper – As per taste Crostini – 1 piece per serving Gruyere Cheese – 30 grams per portion   Method   1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. 2. […]

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Celebrate the First Day of Autumn

Happy first day of Autumn! Warm up and celebrate with our warm apple tart freshly baked from our Pastry Kitchen. To place an order, call 905-415-7611 with 48 hour notice. For a list of our cakes, pastries and more, click here.

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15% off Promotions During September

For the month of September, enjoy 15% off our traditional afternoon tea and Sunday market brunch. TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA A classic three tiered silver stand featuring a mouth-watering selection of elegant tea sandwiches, beautiful and delicate sweets and pastries, homemade scones, all accompanied by specially selected loose leaf tea from Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. A decedent way to celebrate a birthday, baby shower or just to enjoy a cup of tea with close friends. View menu here SUNDAY MARKET BRUNCH Featuring […]

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Thanksgiving Early Bird Savings

Let our Executive Chef Jitin Gaba and his team cook turkey with all the trimmings for your family this Thanksgiving. Join us for our Sunday market brunch, 4 course prix fixe turkey dinner or take home turkey meal with all the trimmings. MARKET BRUNCH Sunday October 11th 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Early Bird Adult $55, Child (5-10 years) $28 before September 30th Adult $65, Child (5-10 yrs) $30 View menu here TAKE HOME TURKEY MEAL Pick up between Saturday […]

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New Sunday Market Brunch Starts August 9th

Our Sunday market brunch offers a different weekly menu featuring a selection of salads, charcuterie, Ontario & Quebec cheeses, four live cooking stations (seafood market, meat & fish carving, omelette and pasta special), mains and Chef’s selection of pastries. Available from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. For reservations, call 905-415-7611. SPECIAL PROMOTION: Enjoy 25% off until end of August 31st. Regularly $45 per person, taxes and gratuity extra. View sample weekly menu here

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Foodies Re-unite!

We look forward to welcoming you back starting Friday July 24th. Invite your social circle or coworkers and catch up over breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or traditional afternoon tea. Current Promotions 25% off Lunch and Dinner in the lounge (excludes alcoholic beverages) 25% off Saturday a la carte Brunch and Sunday Market Brunch 25% off Traditional Afternoon Tea (kids menu available) Offers valid until August 31, 2020. Not valid on to go menu and traditional afternoon tea to go […]

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Join Us for Canada Takeout Day

We are excited to announce that Essence of Unionville is now opened everyday for take out and joined Canada Takeout. Canada Takeout is encouraging Canadians across the country to order take out en-masse in a show of support for their favourite local restaurants. Restaurants are doing their part to stay open for takeout. Now it’s your turn to take an active part in the support of an industry that employs millions of people in this country. Let’s make Wednesdays #TakeoutDay https://canadatakeout.com/ […]

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Cakes, Pastries & More To Go

Cakes, pastries and more oh my! Order something sweet made from our Pastry Kitchen to celebrate, indulge or just say thanks! To order, call 905-470-8500. CAKES Black Forest Carrot Cheesecake • Bumbleberry (baked) • Cointreau: plain (cold) • Lemon (baked) • Passion Fruit (cold) Chestnut Chocolate Rum Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Mango Charlotte Mocha Napoleon Opera Red Velvet Sacher Tart Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu Full Size Slab (80 portions) Half Size Slab (40 portions) Double Size 1 ½ Size 6 inch 8 […]

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Thank You for Your Support!

Preparing thank you cards for our traditional afternoon tea to go orders. Thank you for your support!  We miss serving our community and seeing our regular guests but we have some great news to share. You will now be able to order our traditional afternoon tea menu ($24 per person) to go including our kid’s menu ($12 per child, 5-10 years), taxes extra. To order, call 905-470-8500 by Friday for pick up Saturday or Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 […]

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Traditional Afternoon Tea To Go

We miss serving our community and seeing our regular guests but we have some great news to share. You will now be able to order our traditional afternoon tea menu ($24 per person) to go including our kid’s menu ($12 per child, 5-10 years), taxes extra. To order, call 905-470-8500 by Friday for pick up Saturday or Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. MENU Selection of Sandwiches English Cucumber – Ricotta & Dill Spread, Tomato Brioche Free Range Egg […]

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Mother’s Day To Go Menu

While we won’t be able to celebrate with your family in our dining room, Executive Chef Jitin Gaba invites you to enjoy a culinary experience at home with our to go meal.   SALAD Ontario Tomato, Bocconcini, Basil Pesto, Balsamic Reduction Roasted Beets, Toasted Pecans, Mandarin Segments, Maple Vinaigrette   SOUP Cream of Summer Squash & Carrot   CHEESE Chef’s Selection of Two Ontario Cheeses, Crostini, Seasonal Jam   MAINS Citrus Marinated Chicken, Port & Mushroom Jus Herb Roasted Salmon, […]

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Today’s Starter Special: Zucchini Fritti

Sometimes it’s nice to order something off the usual dinner menu. Enjoy today’s starter special featuring zucchini fritti with black olive salsa and pesto mayo.

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Engaged? Now let’s celebrate!

Congratulations! As you embark on the next chapter in life with marriage, what better way to celebrate with friends and bond with some new family members than over a great meal. Executive Chef Jitin Gaba`s invites to join us for a culinary experience for your bridal shower, pre or post wedding afternoon tea or brunch. Custom group lunch and dinner menu options available. Let us help you design the perfect menu to suit any taste and budget. Complimentary printed menus […]

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2020 OpenTable Diner’s Choice

Thank you once again. OpenTable diners have voted our restaurant as one of the best around for 2020. Thank you for dining with us. We look forward to welcoming you back and serving new diners.

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Weekday Sandwich Special

If you’re familiar with our lunch menu, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that we offer a daily sandwich special. Today’s sandwich special features curried chicken salad on a mini brioche bun with choice of fries or salad. Daily specials are available during lunch from Monday to Friday.

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Family Day Long Weekend

Let us take care of the cooking this Family Day long weekend and make it a staycation at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa. Check in, sleep in, order room service or dine in our restaurant. It’s a win win for everyone. For hotel reservations, call 905-470-8500 or visit www.torontomarkham.hilton.com.

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Special Delivery: 84 lb Parmesan Wheel for Valentine’s Dinner

Special delivery of our 84 pound Parmesan wheel has arrived for our Valentine’s 4 course prix fixe dinner menu available February 14th to 15th. Enjoy our carnaroli rice risotto or linguini pasta cooked in the Parmesan wheel.   For the menu, visit http://www.essenceofunionville.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Menu-Valentines.jpg   For reservations, call Essence of Unionville at 905-415-7611.

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Valentine’s 4 Course Prix-Fixe Dinner

Executive Chef Jitin Gaba invites you to join us for a date night on February 14th or 15th and enjoy a 4 course prix-fixe dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. $66 per person, taxes and gratuity extra. AMUSE BOUCHE PEI Oyster – Canadian Sturgeon Caviar 1ST COURSE (choice of 1) Tuna – Albacore Tuna Tartar | Black Vinegar Aioli | Fried Shallot | Lavash | Cucumber Foie Gras – Niagara Icewine Compressed Grapes | Walnut Granola | Homemade Brioche […]

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2019 OpenTable Diner’s Choice

Congratulations to our Essence of Unionville restaurant! OpenTable diners have voted our restaurant as one of the best around. Thank you for dining with us. We look forward to welcoming you back and serving new diners.

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Cakes, Pastries and More; oh my!

Cakes, pastries and more; oh my! You don’t need a reason or party to order something sweet made from our pastry kitchen. CAKE Black Forest Carrot Cheesecake – Bumbleberry, baked – Cointreau: plain, cold – Lemon, baked – Passion Fruit, cold Chestnut Chocolate Rum Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Mango Charlotte Mocha Napoleon Opera Red Velvet Sacher Tart Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu PASTRIES & MORE Cheesecake Lollipops Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Fresh Scones French Pastries Mini French Pastries Mini Macaroons Tart – Apple Crumble […]

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Hello 2020. Now Lets Brunch!

Welcome the New Year in style with a glass of sparkling wine. Featuring seafood bar, sushi, cheese and charcuterie, breakfast favourites, omelette station, beef wellington and leg of lamb carving stations, pasta station, cornish hen, slow braised short ribs and a sweets table. New Year`s Day Brunch Buffet Two seatings: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm $65/adult, $32/child (5-10 years)* For Reservations, call 905-415-7611. Terms & Conditions * Prices shown are subject to applicable taxes […]

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3-2-1 Happy New Year!

Ring in the New Year with a feast to remember featuring an array of delicious specialties prepared by the culinary team. Then say goodbye to 2019 with a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight complete with a DJ, party favours, and balloon drop. New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet 7:00 pm to 2:00 am Essence of Unionville Restaurant $108/person* For Reservations, call 905-415-7611. Terms & Conditions * Prices shown are subject to applicable taxes and 15% gratuity. Reservations for all festive […]

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Welcome to our Gingerbread House

This 8.6 foot gingerbread house was designed and constructed by our Executive Chef Jitin Gaba and Sous Chef Nathan Sinnathamby. In case you’re wondering, here are the ingredients used to bake the gingerbread tiles below. TILE INGREDIENTS Flour – 39 Kg Baking Soda – 1 Kg Salt – 120 Gr Cinnamon Powder- 320 G Ginger Powder – 1800 G Cloves – 320 G Nutmeg – 320 G Sugar – 10 Kg Butter – 11 Kg Molasses – 8 L HOLIDAY MEMORIES We’d […]

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Traditional Afternoon Tea Kid`s Menu

Introducing our Traditional Afternoon Tea Kid`s Menu starting Saturdays in December from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. Selection of Sandwiches Peanut Butter & Jelly English Cucumber, Brioche Bread Ontario Ham & Cheese, Slider Bun Chicken Salad Sandwich Selection of Sweets Red Velvet Cake Slice Chocolate Cake Slice Fruit Tart Cheesecake Lollipop Choice of Beverage Milk Chocolate Milk Fruit Juice (Orange, Apple, Cranberry, Tomato) Hot Chocolate $18/Child (5-10 years), taxes and gratuity extra Reservations recommended. To book, call 905-415-7611.

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Take Home Christmas Turkey with all the Trimmings is Back

Let our Executive Chef Jitin Gaba and his culinary team cook turkey for your family this Christmas. Pick up 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, December 24th and 25th. Must be pre-ordered and pre-payment is required. Last day to order is December 20th at 5:00 pm. To order, call 905-415-7611. $200 (serves 4-6 people, 12 lb turkey) $280 (serves 6-8 people, 16 lb turkey) SOUP – Canadian Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Veloute | Dinner Rolls SALAD – Ontario Autumn Salad | Balsamic Vinaigrette […]

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Introducing Traditional Afternoon Tea

We are delighted to announce that Traditional Afternoon Tea will be offered starting this December on Saturdays from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. We will be featuring a mouth-watering selection of elegant tea sandwiches, beautiful and delicate sweets and pastries, homemade scones served on a classic three tiered sliver stand, all accompanied by specially selected loose leaf tea from Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. A decedent way to celebrate a birthday, baby shower or just to enjoy a cup of tea with […]

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Mistletoe Lunch Buffet

Yule love it! This seasonal favourite features all the holiday classics. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the holiday season with friends, family and coworkers – a great venue for a Christmas celebration! December 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 11:30 am to 2:00 pm $36/adult, $18/child (5-10 years)* Sample Menu For reservation, call 905-415-7611 or email dinehilton@markhamsuites.com   Terms & Conditions * Prices shown are subject to applicable taxes and 15% gratuity. Reservations for all festive events […]

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Holiday Gatherings

Let our Executive Chef Jitin Gaba and his culinary team take care of the cooking while you celebrate the festive season with us. For event details, click here to view our 2019 Festive Brochure. Mistletoe Lunch Buffet (December 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13) Traditional Afternoon Tea (Saturday December 7, 14, 21 & 28) Afternoon Tea Buffet & Festive Brunch Buffet (Sunday December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29) Christmas Eve & Day Dinner Buffet (December 24 – 25) Christmas […]

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Take Home Thanksgiving Turkey with all the Trimmings

Let our Executive Chef Jitin Gaba and his culinary team cook turkey for your family this Thanksgiving. Pick up October 13th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. To order, call 905-415-7611. $200 (serves 4-6 people, 12 lb turkey) $280 (serves 6-8 people, 16 lb turkey) SOUP – Canadian Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Veloute | Dinner Rolls SALAD – Ontario Autumn Salad | Balsamic Vinaigrette TURKEY – Ontario Apple Cider Brined Whole Roasted Free Range Turkey | Classic Turkey Gravy | Homemade Cranberry & Orange Chutney STARCH […]

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Introducing Sloane Tea

We`re excited to introduce you to an upgrade tea experience with seven Sloane Tea loose leaf teas.  The pyramid sachets are 100% plastic free and are made from a biodegradable material derived from Non-GMO corn starch. DARJEELING 2ND FLUSH – As the “champagne of tea” this award winning Jungpana Estate Exclusive possesses a smooth bodied profile with an earthy and sweet finish. EARL GREY CLASSIC – Ceylon and Assam black tea blended with natural oil of Italian bergamot for a classic citrus […]

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Thanksgiving Celebrations

Let our Executive Chef Jitin Gaba and his culinary team cook turkey for your family this Thanksgiving on Sunday October 13th. For reservation or to order, call 905-415-7611. BRUNCH BUFFET 11:00 am to 3:00 pm | Adult $65 | Child (5-10 yrs) $30 | Sunday Brunch Buffet Menu 4 COURSE PRIX FIXE TURKEY DINNER 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $64/person | 4 Course Prix Fixe Turkey Dinner TAKE HOME TURKEY WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS $200 (serves 4-6 people, 12 lb turkey) $280 […]

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Food Lovers Rejoice!

Foodies can rejoice at Essence of Unionville. With an extensive culinary background working in International kitchens, Four and Five Star Hotels including a Two and Three Michelin star restaurants; Executive Chef Jitin Gaba introduces an evolving and eclectic seasonal menu perfect for snapping a picture and making your friends and family salivate. Tag your photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for your chance to be featured or even win a prize. Your table is ready.

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