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Toronto Restaurants

C5
100 Queen's Park
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5S 2C6
Tel: 416 586 7928
www.c5restaurant.ca

Daniel Libeskind's angular glass-and-metal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum may be filled with dinosaur skeletons and stuffed birds, but the fifth floor is reserved for the pursuit of fine culinary enjoyment. The space looks something like a postmodern attic—vaulted ceiling, angular walls, open kitchen, slashes of window veering in odd directions—and the crowd is just what you'd expect: well dressed and well heeled, though certainly not stuffy. Diners are encouraged to order a six-course menu; not-to-be-missed starters are the raw platter and the grilled octopus. Mains such as rack of lamb or roasted squab with seared foie gras aren't big, but the execution is faultless. Servers are attentive and friendly, and quite capable of suggesting appropriate wine pairings.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays, 5 to 10 pm.

Canoe
66 Wellington Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5K 1H6
Tel: 416 364 0054
www.canoerestaurant.com

If the name brings to mind a woodsy interior with lumberjack tchotchkes, think again. This much-loved haven of refined dining is situated on the 54th floor of Mies van der Rohe's TD Centre, which easily takes the crown as the handsomest office building in the city. Like the building itself, the decor is elegant and timeless, with soft blue jean–colored booths and blond wood accents. The vibe is surprisingly laid-back considering the caliber of the food being served. Dishes have a refreshingly Canadian theme, such as Yukon-gold potato gnocchi and corn and West Coast Dungeness crab chowder. The wine list features the province's greatest red, Le Clos Jordan's much talked-about pinot noir, Le Grand Clos.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11:45 am to 2:30 pm and 5 to 10:30 pm.

Eigensinn Farm
449357 10th Concession of Grey Highlands
Singhampton , Ontario
Canada NOC IMO
Tel: 519 922 3128

Once upon a time, chef Michael Stadtlander was the hottest, It-est, most highly praised chef in Toronto. Then, he and his wife packed up and moved to a farm an hour and a half north of the city to raise chickens, pigs, lambs, ducks, and a whole lot of herbs and vegetables. But they didn't stop cooking. The dining room at Eigensinn Farm is small—a maximum of 12 guests can be seated on any given night—and unabashedly rustic, though the culinary creations are anything but. Expect dishes like duck consommé, terrine of foie gras and squab, or just-caught lake trout wrapped in wild grape leaves and grilled over herb smoke. The farm is open only three nights a week, sometimes fewer, so reserve as far in advance as you can and keep your fingers crossed that there's a table. Also: It's BYOB, so be sure to uncork something suitably grand.

Call ahead for information and reservations.

Jamie Kennedy Gardiner
110 Queen's Park
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5S 2C7
Tel: 416 362 1957
www.jamiekennedy.ca

Even if antique plates aren't your thing, there's a very good reason to pay a visit to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art—namely, the restaurant. The open and airy all-glass box perched over University Avenue is helmed by local celeb Jamie Kennedy, who's nothing if not a fan of "local." Ingredients are sourced nearby, and an Ontario wine is matched with each dish. Expect hearty fare like a warm sheep's milk tartlet, or a braised duck sandwich. The fries are among the best in town, and the cheese plate is a survey of the region's best offerings. However, beware that the restaurant is open for dinner only on Friday nights.

Open Saturdays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Fridays 11:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Lee
603 King Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5V 1M5
Tel: 416 504 7867
www.susur.com/lee

Susur Lee easily ranks as Toronto's biggest celebrity chef, and some locals grumble that he has been distracted by his growing name and stateside ventures. But Lee, the chef's buzzing culinary landmark on King West, is good enough to quiet any criticism. The perennially crammed dining room, brightened by a whimsical screen printed with roosting canaries, is all informal good cheer. Yet the casual vibe doesn't disguise some very serious food, from a signature Singaporean slaw to a caramelized black cod. The newest stand-out dish: a fresh ground green-curry chicken that Lee perfected on the Top Chef Masters competition.—Raphael Kadushin

Open Mondays through Fridays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5:30 to 11:30 pm, Saturdays 5:30 to 11:30 pm.

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5V 3X3
Tel: 416 977 6400
www.notabenerestaurant.com

Nota Bene counters its location on the edge of Toronto's very funky Queen Street neighborhood with a coolly composed, whitewashed dining room hung with bright, abstract paintings. Suits doing business deals fill the olive green banquettes at lunchtime, and give way to dressy, theater-going couples in the evening. Executive chef David Lee knows how to satisfy the crowd with quietly luxe dishes punctuated by Canadian flavors. The softshell crab salad is reason enough to come. So are the charred wild Digby sea scallops, a Stilton beef-brisket burger, and a sticky toffee pudding that would feel at home in the Cotswolds.—Raphael Kadushin

Open Mondays through Fridays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5 to 11 pm, Saturdays 5 to 11 pm.

Southern Accent
595 Markham Street
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M6G 2L7
Tel: 416 536 3211
www.southernaccent.com

Set in a refurbished Victorian row house, Southern Accent serves hearty Cajun, Creole, and soul food. Visit on Thursdays between 8 and 10 in order to stomp your feet to live Cajun music from the band, Swamperella. Try a Cajun martini made from jalapeno-infused Gordon's gin and save room for the N'awlins Bread Pudding with Wild Turkey bourbon sauce. Follow your dinner with a reading from the resident psychic, available from 7 p.m.

Closed Mondays.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.