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With only 30 seats, tables are hard to secure at west-end bistro Cowbell, where chef Mark Cutrara performs his own butchery in-house—now that’s fresh! Asian-fusion haven Rain offers sides like rainbow carrot kimchee crafted by Made To Order chef Guy Rubino—the kitchen is so hot, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto recently stopped in for a visit. In Old Town, hip Kultura regularly seats movers and shakers for tapas-style fusion nibblies and 24 varietals available by the glass in a retrofitted historic space. Nearby Colborne Lane screams delightfully avant-garde, courtesy of genius chef Claudio Aprile—who devises gastronomic mini-feats like vacuum-packed pork braised for 36 hours—to the contrast of exposed brick and beams with an über-modern onyx bar. The cool factor at the Distillery’s Perigee is that you can see chef Pat Riley cooking your meal in the open kitchen. Try the omakase (“trust me”) menu to see what delicacies he’ll prepare just for you. Named for a Spanish grape-growing region, hit midtown Cava, which serves tapas that pair well with wine.

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Tip! If you’re looking for a great place to pick up new recipes for your favourite food-lovers, try The Cookbook Store. It’s a veritable trove of tomes about every kind of cooking, with many books by top chefs like Toronto’s Susur Lee and Jamie Kennedy!

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