Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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Biff’s Bistro
Great French restaurants are few and far between in the city, but Biff's goes some way to filling that void.
Blowfish
Blowfish has been a word on everyone's lips since it opened here in 2003.
Boehmer
If it feels like you're eating in a redeveloped auto garage, that's because you are.
Buca
If the term hadn't been so abhorrently cheapened, we'd tell you that Buca has the X-Factor...
C5
If you're in favour of the two birds/one stone philosophy, then you'll like this gastronomic experience within a world-class museum.
Canoe
Taking a punt on the Financial District 15 years ago, this pioneering restaurant is still one of the grandest and greatest in the area.
Canteen
Colborne Lane
Chef Claudio Aprile is Toronto's answer to Heston Blumenthal, and this is where he performs his molecular gastronomy theatrics.
Foxley
Foxley was one of the first restaurants to take a gamble on what is now coined as the 'Ossington Strip'.
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.
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.
Jacobs & Co.
There's a whiff of machismo about this sophisticated meat Mecca in the trendy King Street area.
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.
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).
Lee
A genius 'celebrity' chef and a discreet, informal restaurant experience are rarely peas in the proverbial pod.
Lucien
If you are looking for real Russian cuisine, then look no further than increasingly popular Lucien.
Maléna
One of a handful of restaurants in Yorkville's classy catchment area, Maléna hauls in the sophisticates in search of seafood.
Milagro
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.
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.
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.
Pasta, Paris and DJ SLOK
Electronic music genius DJ Slok, shares his thoughts on pasta, Paris and the DJ game in this quick interview.
Pizzeria Libretto
When it comes to praising this pizza place at the top of the 'Ossington Strip', all Torontonians are singing the same tune.
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.
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.
Roosevelt Room
Slip down this side alley and slide back into the Old Hollywood of the roaring twenties.
Rosedale Diner
It's as much about the personality as it is about the food at this upscale eclectic diner...
Sassafraz
After suffering a fire in 2006, this Yorkville legend rose like a phoenix to re-embrace its coterie the following year.
Scaramouche
As one of Toronto's most reputable restaurants, expectations run high, not least because of its famed 'view'.
Scarpetta Toronto
If the Thompson Hotel is Toronto's shiny new box, then Scarpetta is the jewel inside.
Senses
Jet-fresh celebs who've checked into the Soho Met hotel love this five-star eatery on the hotel's ground floor.
Sotto Sotto
Mamma bustles around this Yorkville treasure with no airs or graces, yet her secret sauces are the stuff of dreams.
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.
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).
The Federal
Beloved by foodies Toronto-wide, The Federal is known for serving incredible brunches and burgers in its petite, exposed-brick space.
Tutti Matti
Real passion imbues the kitchen and the staff – all radiating out of chef and owner Alida's love of all things Italian.

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