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  Cuisine: Italian  
  Location: Downtown  

BIAGIO
Northern Italian

Classic perfection in the elegant dining room is reflected in Biagio’s Milanese menu. Savour Osso Buco, succulent Grilled Lamb, Seafood, Risottos and homemade Pastas courteously served by their professional staff and matched with an excellent wine cellar. Hot tip: reserve a table in Toronto’s most sought after patios in the city.

155 King St. E. (at Jarvis St.)      (416) 366-4040

Biagio

 

  Cuisine: Italian  
  Location: Downtown  

BUCA
Italian Enoteca

This trendy, popular restaurant is found tucked down a laneway. Make your way into the spacious dining area with towering brick walls — a reminder of its previous life as a boiler room. Today, however, you’ll admire the hanging cuts of cured meats by the open kitchen. Order a starter which might include the house-cured prosciutto and absolutely addictive baked in house fresh bread. Enjoy authentic combinations of intense rustic flavors matched with Italian wines from their extensive list.

604 King St. W. (just west of Portland St.)
(416) 865-1600

Buca

 

  Cuisine: Contemporary  
  Location: Downtown  

BYMARK
Contemporary

Down in the financial district, Young Turks and their well heeled superiors populate Bymark at lunch and after 5pm for cocktails and dinner; you’ll spot them in the smart, contemporary subterranean dining room or out on the patio. From the moment you enter, the well trained wait staff exudes charm and cossets the visitor, making one feel extra special. Your choices from the large menu will arrive perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. An extensive wine and beverage list compliments this popular, well established restaurant.

66 Wellington St. W. (at Bay St.)
(416) 777-1144

Bymark

 

  Cuisine: N. American  
  Location: Downtown  

CANOE

Uniquely located on the 54th floor of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower is one of Canada's finest restaurants. The design is clean, simple and unpretentious, yet absolutely stylish. It's big and bold, with a spectacular bar and absolutely breathtaking view that makes it one of T.O.'s hottest after-work destinations. Canoe brings a passion for food, wine and innovation to the heart of Toronto's business and theatre district. Definitive Canadian cuisine, using many indigenous and local products.

T-D Centre, 54th floor      (416) 364-0054

Canoe

 

  Cuisine: Mediterranean  
  Location: Downtown  

Chiado

CHIADO
Portuguese

Named for Lisbon's oldest neighborhood, where great food and wine were enjoyed in wonderful bistrettos. A long dining room, resplendent with paintings, is the setting for thoughtful, attentive service mixing a quiet convivality with romantic tables. The chefs achieve great intensity of flavours in their creations by using only fresh fish, farm-raised capon and free-range chicken. Focusing on a Mediterranean diet that uses herb-infused oils, olive oil, and savory reduction sauces. Chiado has the largest collection of fine Portuguese wines in North America, and superb Vintage Ports.

864 College Street       (416) 538-1910

 

  Cuisine: Contemporary  
  Location: Downtown  

EDULIS
Contemporary/International

Chef Michael Cabello and his wife Tobey Nemeth roamed Spain, Italy and Panama before returning to Toronto to open this comfortable 33-seat restaurant. The cuisine is built around French and Spanish provincial county food, much of it served family-style in earthenware cazuelas and enameled cast-iron pots. Their menu changes daily and features local ingredients whenever possible. Try the luscious Veal Belly, the perfect Sweetbreads, or order a day ahead for the whole Heritage-Breed Chicken roasted slowly and carved tableside. A well thought out and reasonably priced wine list. Edulis is for gourmets who are willing to be slightly adventurous, and not looking for the same old thing.

169 Niagara Street (south of King Street West)
(416) 703-4222

Edulis

 

  Cuisine: Contemporary  
  Location: Downtown  

FRANK'S KITCHEN
Contemporary

Frank’s Kitchen has returned the lustre to Toronto’s Little Italy. Owned and operated by Chef Frank Parhizgar and his wife, Shawn Cooper who tends to the front of the house, this busy space is well served by their professional staff. The adventurous menu focuses on local ingredients from Ontario producers, such as a salad dressing featuring honey from the restaurant’s rooftop hives. The mantra here is fresh, fresh, and all exquisitely cooked by Frank himself. You simply can’t go wrong with most any choice on the menu. That includes the desserts, for a perfect finish. A nice touch is the tiny house-made chocolate truffles served with the check. The large, international wine list will please any palate.

588 College Street (at Clinton)      (416) 516-5861

Frank’s Kitchen

 

  Cuisine: Asian  
  Location: Downtown  

GOLDEN THAI
Thai

Golden Thai has received more acclaim than over 30 other Thai restaurants. And deservingly so with its exotic cuisine known for its sensuality and searing spiciness. More than 60 different catagories are on the menu. Try the prix fixe, with lemon shrimp soup, perked up with coriander and chile, followed by basil beef and curry chicken, with a red curry sauce thick with coconut milk and basil leaves. The Pad Thai will lead you into the great lexicon of flavours of Thai subtlety and drama.

105 Church Street       (416) 868-6668

 

  Cuisine: Steak  
  Location: Downtown  
Harbour Sixty Steakhouse

HARBOUR SIXTY STEAKHOUSE

Situated in the 1917 landmark, Toronto Harbour Commission building, this splendidly designed restaurant, with its three distinctively-different dining areas, has already gained a reputation for substance and style. The open-kitchen concept conveys subtle, yet rich aromas of USDA Prime steaks, rib roasts, succulent fresh seafood and lobster dishes. Bold yet simple appetizers and salads. Exquisite desserts include Apple Tarte Tatin and Grand Marnier Souffle.

60 Harbour Street      (416) 777-2111

 

  Cuisine: Asian  
  Location: Downtown  

HIRO SUSHI
Japanese

In this subdued restaurant, owner Hiro Yoshida welcomes you as his personal guest. Join chefs and gourmands who come here for the freshest raw delicacies exquisitely executed. Trained in Japan over 30 years ago, Hiro’s Sushi and Negiri presentations and his Omakase, where he applies all the latest techniques, have made him a legend in the industry. Pair anything on the extraordinary menu with one or more of the thirty high-end sakes to drink cold for the perfect accompaniment.

171 King St. E. (East of Jarvis St.)
(416) 304-0550

Hiro

 

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