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Continental Cool

With trendy fusion, small-plate, and pan-Asian restaurants dominating the culinary landscape, it’s easy to overlook the continental old guard. But sometimes the palate can use a break from challenging cuts of meat, experimental techniques and mysterious substances that take you back to Chemistry 101. When foam-fatigue sets in, nothing comforts like pasta, paté or a slow-braised piece of beef.

Le Trou Normand has been providing comfort since 1973, with old-school classics: wonderfully gooey French onion soup, duck à l’orange and New York steak au poivre.

For continental flavour with a modern Canadian twist, chef Martin Kouprie of Pangaea makes stops in Italy, Spain and France for inspiration. Here, jamon iberico bellota, a rare find in this city, is served simply with marinated artichokes and spiced olives.

FOR MORE, TRY…

Chez Victor; Coco Lezzone; Donatello; Florentine Court; Fuzion; Le Papillon on Front; Little Anthony’s; North 44°; Superior Restaurant; Trattoria Sotto Sotto.

TIP

If you’re looking for a great place to pick up new recipes, try The Cookbook Store (850 Yonge St., 416-920-2665). It’s a veritable trove of tomes about every kind of cooking, with many books by top Toronto chefs including Susur Lee and Jamie Kennedy.

For more on Toronto’s tastiest trends see Fork Fads.
Check out Everyday Exotic for elegant dishes with an extraordinary twist.
Discover all fromage has to offer with Cheese Please.
Go fishing for some tasty treats with Surf Savvy.
Don’t travel half way around the world for yummy Indian food. Instead, visit The New Delhi.
Set your sights on the best spots in the city with A Room with a View.—Signe Langford

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