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Hot Dining: Bite at the Museum

Enjoy brunch and more at Frank (photo by Edward Pond)

Combine the arts with artfully prepared cuisine—from fresh sandwiches to soft-shell crab tempura—at these major cultural institutions.

>> At the apex of the Royal Ontario Museum’s geometric Michael Lee-Chin Crystal sits C5, a sleek restaurant and lounge featuring a thoroughly modern spread. It’s best savoured following a day of contemplating the ROM’s many historical treasures.

>> The much-applauded 2008 renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario created more space not only for paintings, but also locally inspired cuisine—including a popular brunch—at Frank, a chic but casual dining space named for architect Frank Gehry

>> Star chef Jamie Kennedy devised the menu of healthy soups, salads and artisan sandwiches at the Gardiner Café, making its namesake museum a noon-hour hub for a well-heeled but time- and calorie-conscious clientele.

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