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EXCLUSIVE | Toronto: Where to Eat Part Two

EXCLUSIVE | Toronto: Where to Eat Part Two

Skyline views are stunning from the patio of Ultra Supper Club (Queen West: 314 Queen St West; 416-263-0330; C$24-39), one of Toronto's most stylish venues for sipping premium cocktails and savoring global cuisine.

Tucked between Yorkville and the Gay Village Wish (3 Charles St. East; 416-935-0240; C$14-31) hides its heavenly attributes behind an unassuming fa?ade. The seductive emporium with white couches and generous cushions has an elegant menu (braised rabbit, New Zealand ocean trout with jumbo prawns) and friendly service.

Nearby, everybody's talking about C5 (100 Queen's Park; 416-586-7926; C$17-34), the restaurant inside the Royal Ontario Museum's new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Reviews are mixed, but exciting choices include Niagara Wild Boar Prosciutto, Seared Hokkaido Scallop, and Qu?bec Squab.

The multi-award winning Truffles (Yorkville: 21 Avenue Rd; 416-928-7331; C$29-42) at the Four Seasons serves sophisticated tasty French in a romantic setting. And even though Studio Caf? (upstairs; 416-928-7330; C$16-40) is less formal, necks will still be craning to see who you are.

One of Toronto's top restaurants is the gourmet Chinese Lai Wah Heen (108 Chestnut St; 416-977-9899; C$16-48) in the Metropolitan Hotel. This is where Toronto's first Chinatown sprang up before it moved west along Dundas. Rich lobster bisque with Morel mushrooms, Rainbow Chop (seafood medley) in Crystal Fold, and shredded jellyfish alongside the Moo Shu pork mean that this isn't just your corner Chinese.

In the Entertainment District, World-renowned Hong Kong chef Susur Lee delights serious foodies at his pair of namesake restaurants. Don't plan on grabbing a last-minute table at Susur, but it's possible to belly up to the sushi bar next door in the more casual Lee (603 King St West; 416-504-7867; C$75 average per person including wine) for tapas-size tastes of his exquisite Asian-influenced dishes, such as caramelized black cod with Cantonese preserves.

Light Fare
St. Lawrence Market, home to more than 60 specialty vendors, allows for snacking on the fly while taking in the sights of old Toronto. Locals swear that a peameal back bacon sandwich from the market is the ultimate hangover cure.

Lounge over lunch on the cozy little-known patio at Archeo (55 Mill St, Bldg 45; 416-815-9898; C$9-23) in the Distillery District. The casual Italian fusion den features pizza, pasta and panini .

For dessert, look no further than the District's SOMA Chocolate (55 Mill St, Bldg. 48; 416-815-7662), where the delectable creations include Mayan hot chocolate flavored with ginger, vanilla and chili. They make their own products from the bean, using some organic chocolates.

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