Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

The Federal
Beloved by foodies Toronto-wide, The Federal is known for serving incredible brunches and burgers in its petite, exposed-brick space.
Rosedale Diner
It's as much about the personality as it is about the food at this upscale eclectic diner...
Biff’s Bistro
Great French restaurants are few and far between in the city, but Biff's goes some way to filling that void.
Tutti Matti
Real passion imbues the kitchen and the staff – all radiating out of chef and owner Alida's love of all things Italian.
Queen And Beaver
If you're pining for an exemplary British roast or a fish and chips fix, proprietor Jamieson Kerr grew up in the U.K. and knows how to do it right.
Guu Izakaya
An Izakaya is a chaotic Japanese bar and snack-stop that promises a bullet train to inebriation. The crazy Guu chain has been getting around Vancouver, and now it's Toronto's turn.
Milagro
Nota Bene
This is fail-safe fine-dining: a large creamy room with flattering light and unobtrusive music, a smart-casual dress code and an exquisite menu.
Canteen
Maléna
One of a handful of restaurants in Yorkville's classy catchment area, Maléna hauls in the sophisticates in search of seafood.
Le Select Bistro
Two Parisians came, saw and created a traditional French bistro where there was none (when it comes to this cuisine, Toronto will never likely threaten Montreal's crown).
The Black Hoof
There's always a stampede for the Black Hoof, so stick on your spurs and get in there early because it doesn't take reservations (or credit cards).
Splendido
There aren't enough adjectives, Italian or otherwise, to describe how delectable the food is here - though it's easily encapsulated in a kissing-of-fingertips gesture.
Sotto Sotto
Mamma bustles around this Yorkville treasure with no airs or graces, yet her secret sauces are the stuff of dreams.
Rodney’s Oyster House
There's a festival for just about everything in this city, and when it's the crustacean celebration the team at Rodney's gets stuck in to the shucking.
Origin
Who wants molecular gastronomy for dinner every night? Not culinary wizard Claudio 'Colborne Lane' Aprile, who went and opened this more affordable, less showy second venture.
Pizzeria Libretto
When it comes to praising this pizza place at the top of the 'Ossington Strip', all Torontonians are singing the same tune.
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Being tucked away in the residential development of Liberty Village and with a train track running outside its window, this isn't the most alluring of locations.
Joso’s
A treasure chest filled with a cornucopia of sea-faring delights, this pearl of a seafood restaurant is as much about what you see as what you get.
L’Unita
Though only a few doors up from its younger, seafood-centred sibling Maléna, the surrounding neighbourhood of posh Yorkville seems to love both these restos in equal measure.
Gilead
Conceived as merely the kitchen for Kennedy's catering business (which he runs alongside various restaurants), loyal fans demanded breakfast, lunch and now dinner here.
Foxley
Foxley was one of the first restaurants to take a gamble on what is now coined as the 'Ossington Strip'.
Colborne Lane
Chef Claudio Aprile is Toronto's answer to Heston Blumenthal, and this is where he performs his molecular gastronomy theatrics.
Buca
If the term hadn't been so abhorrently cheapened, we'd tell you that Buca has the X-Factor...
Boehmer
If it feels like you're eating in a redeveloped auto garage, that's because you are.

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