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Hot Dining: Chalett’s New Bistro is “Here”

After more than a year of delays, Ici Bistro has made its debut in the foodie-friendly Annex neighbourhood. With only 24 seats, call it the “little restaurant that could,” but know, too, that it’s backed by a big name: renowned chef and sommelier J.P. Chalett. Here, Chalett reminds diners why he remains one of Toronto’s top toques, with a carte of classic, accessible bistro-style offerings—available in either full-size or two-thirds servings—that could include a foie gras torchon with black trumpet mushroom croquette ($18 or $28) and Apicius-style duck magret redolent of honey, anise and saffron ($17 or $29). Ontario and French wine pairings are suggested for each delicious dish.

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