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BEST AT­MOS­PHERE

The light­ing is soft, the con­ver­sa­tion loud and the oc­to­pus served whole. BAR IS­ABEL guar­an­tees a great, late night, Span­ish style. 979 Col­lege St.

BEST SER­VICE

SCARAMOUCHE should have a Miche­lin star. Chef Froggett still works the pass, and his ded­i­ca­tion is ev­i­dent. The ser­vice is flaw­less, as is the co­conut cream pie. 1 Ben­venuto Pl.

BEST SUSHI

It’s not only about fish-topped rice at EDOKO; it’s got lunch bento boxes, chicken teriyaki din­ner … and there are rolls. Try the Wav­ing Unagi with bar­be­cued eel and bonito flakes. Yum. 425 Spad­ina Rd.

BEST JA­PANESE

In a cosy, mod­ern din­ing room,

SKIPPA serves up dif­fer­ent meals every day, its con­cise menu chang­ing daily in ac­cor­dance with what’s fresh. All sushi and sashimi is made of Ocean Wise fish and won’t dis­ap­point. 379 Har­bord St.

BEST FILIPINO

Mow down on the LASA sam­pler plat­ter with all the things: BBQ pork skewers in soy 7 Up glaze, veg lumpia with ji­cama and green beans, chicken adobo and more. Save space for sweets like ube-stuffed turon. 634 St. Clair Ave. W.

BEST ASIAN FU­SION

Not that there’s much by way of com­pe­ti­tion in the Viet­namese-Cam­bo­dian snack bar depart­ment, but PINKY’S CAP HE is the one you want. Eat: the brisket and Asi­ago sand­wich with pho broth dip­ping sauce. 53 Clin­ton St.

BEST IN­DIAN

A phoenix ris­ing from the ashes,

BANJARA is back in ac­tion after two fires in a three-month span. Now that it has spent more than a decade at this lo­ca­tion, fans of its malai kofta and beef rogan josh will be de­terred by noth­ing. 796 Bloor St. W.

BEST PI­ANO BAR

THE GATSBY, tucked into the Wind­sor Arms, is like walk­ing into the past. Nosh on seafood plat­ters or fancy chicken while some­one tin­kles the ivories. 18 Saint Thomas St.

BEST CHICKEN

P.G CLUCKS is a hole in the wall churn­ing out to-die-for fried chicken. Their meat is mar­i­nated for 24 hours in lemon-herb brine, and then an­other six hours in but­ter­milk. In a jalapeno & honey sand­wich, it is ev­ery­thing. 610 Col­lege St.

BEST TREAT

Hand-rolled, cone-shaped Hun­gar­ian pas­tries are the menu linch­pin at

EVA’S ORIG­I­NAL

CHIM­NEYS. Does it mat­ter whether it’s filled with a beef (or ve­gan) hot dog or soft serve? Nope. Even empty it’s so good. 454 Bloor St. W.

BEST LATTE ART

A main­stay of the Yonge ’n’ Eg nabe, DE MELLO PALHETA has scooped up many an award for its work, in­clud­ing a re­cent one for latte art. Cof­fee can be quaffed in the colour­ful café or pur­chased for home. 2489 Yonge St.

BEST CANA­DIAN

Chef Justin Cournoyer is de­voted to Cana­dian in­gre­di­ents and is a keen for­ager. What’s on your plate at ACTINOLITE, though, will seem oth­er­worldly. Think Colling­wood trout in rutabaga broth with moss. 971 Ossington Ave.

BEST LUNCH

Mid­day eats are never dull, thanks to PANTRY’s tasty mix ’n’ match op­tions. Peren­nial faves in­clude jerk chicken, teriyaki-glazed grilled sal­mon and co­conut curry quinoa salad, and the prices won’t hurt the wal­let. 1094 Yonge St.

BEST FRESH FISH

JOSO’S is about the seafood (and the scene). Fish is flown in daily from the Adri­atic and pre­sented ta­ble­side: squid, spot prawns and sea bream might be on of­fer. 202 Daven­port Rd.

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