Toronto gives other cities food envy. It's a destination where East doesn't just meet West, but where it is fused together in a colourful cooking pot. Take your pick from over 8500 restaurants, and with so many diverse neighbourhoods to explore (there are 6 Chinatowns, a Portugal Village, Greektown, Little India and Little Italy!) the city truly dazzles with a spectrum of exquisite dining choices set to impress the most discerning gourmand.
Oliver & Bonacini
Recognized as one of Canada's leading fine dining restaurant companies, Oliver and Bonacini operate 11 unique and innovative restaurants in Ontario. Included in Toronto are Canoe, one of Canada's most celebrated dining experiences, Auberge du Pommier, serving impeccable French cuisine for over 25 years, Biff's Bistro, a modern Parisian eatery and Luma, a stylish restaurant and bar lounge in the TIFF Bell Lightbox. www.oliverbonacini.com
The McEwan Group
Sample the creativity of one of Canada's homegrown celebrity chefs, Mark McEwan. His innovative collection of restaurants include Toronto standards North 44 and Bymark, plus the always interesting ONE, a staple for the "see and be seen" crowd in Yorkville. The unique seasonal menus always feature Canadian-sourced ingredients. www.mcewangroup.com
A fusion of old with new, classic with modern, traditional with contemporary, the menu, wine and sake lists combine Japanese and Pan-Pacific with European and North American tastes. Featuring a brilliant combination of innovative gourmet sushi, complimented by a menu of hot and cold plates for sharing, these seemingly far flung influences create a memorable dining experience. www.blowfishrestaurant.com
A homage to Toronto itself, Toca (in the Ritz Carlton) is a culinary journey through the neighbourhoods of Toronto, with a 'back to basics' approach. A celebration of the mélange of ethnicities from around the globe using their flavors and influences to take you back in time when food was simple - and meals were a time for family and friends reconnect, unwind and enjoy each others company. TOCA is casual, yet refined with small plates meant for sharing, delivered with the warmth and hospitality that Canadians are renowned for. www.tocarestaurant.ca