No. 1: Toqué!

No. 1: Toqué!

When Toqué! opened in 1993 it stood local haute cuisine tradition on its head, replacing old pretentions with a sense of fun. The idea endured because in the kitchen, chef Normand Laprise was also busy hatching a new culinary style—what…

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No. 3: Buca

No. 3: Buca

Since opening in 2009, Buca has shifted local parameters of Italian dining. Salume is now something made lovingly in house—and it’s no longer all about pork, but includes goat and lamb and sometimes even a local spin that extends to…

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Up & Coming Chef

Up & Coming Chef

Paul Moran—or, more precisely, Paul Moran’s cooking—first came to my attention back in 2013, at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts on Granville Island, Vancouver. Moran was then 26, and a finalist in the inaugural running of the Hawksworth Young…

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No. 4: Raymonds

No. 4: Raymonds

Until five short years ago, speaking the words “St John’s” and “fine dining” in the same sentence would inspire a smirk, if not outright laughter. Then came Raymonds, elegantly ensconced in a former bank building on Water Street. The setting…

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No. 5: Splendido

No. 5: Splendido

Now in its third regime, this quartercentury- old institution is for the first time being run by a locally bred chef-patron: Victor Barry, from Niagara-on-the-Lake. As expressed in his exuberantly rambling tasting menus, Barry’s idea of Canadian cooking is as…

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Canada’s Best New Restaurant

Canada’s Best New Restaurant

Our experts pick Yorkville’s Buca Osteria & Bar as top new dining destination. The sad truth about great new restaurants is that they don’t come around very often. Most happening new places thrive exclusively by virtue of their novelty—and when…

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No. 6: Canoe

No. 6: Canoe

In more ways than one, the 54th floor of a downtown Toronto office tower seems an odd choice for the setting of a restaurant conceived to showcase culinary Canadiana. But it works. Day and night the views of the lower…

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No. 7: Edulis

No. 7: Edulis

With décor running more to modest than stylish, and only 30-odd seats spread over its twin main floor rooms, this restaurant appears to the uninitiated as your average neighbourhood bistro. But its foodie following borders on cultish. Part of the…

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No. 8: Bar Isabel

No. 8: Bar Isabel

Tracking down a decent meal after 10pm in Toronto has traditionally been a problem. Or it was, until Max Rimaldi (the restaurateur who introduced Toronto to Neapolitan pizza), and celebrated local chef Grant van Gameren got together and opened Bar…

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No. 9: Nota Bene

No. 9: Nota Bene

This spacious, sleek and modern restaurant, with its stylish long bar and lounge overlooking lively Queen Street West, is unusually flexible in the roles it can play. For it possesses that rare sort of casual sophistication that fulfils the needs…

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No. 10: Joe Beef

No. 10: Joe Beef

Some people love this Little Burgundy eatery because it serves beautiful seafood platters, foie gras, excellent dry-aged steak, and all kinds of other sturdy, meaty dishes, liberally seasoned with old-school enhancements like salt, butter and Worcestershire sauce. Others go there…

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