WINE AND DINE LIKE THE BEST OF ’EM AT OUR AREA’S RITZIEST SPOTS
The lighting is soft, the conversation loud and the octopus served whole. BAR ISABEL guarantees a great, late night, Spanish style. 979 College St.
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.
It’s not only about fish-topped rice at EDOKO; 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hand-rolled, cone-shaped Hungarian pastries are the menu linchpin at
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.
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.
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.