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Hot Dining: Designer Digs

Cinq O1 (photo by Patrick Nichols)

The fact that Cinq O1 is the brainchild of Toufik Sarwa (owner of Yorkville’s popular Amber) almost guarantees it a spot on this city’s hot list. Recently opened, the restaurant already buzzes with activity well into the night, as scenesters, socialites and assorted VIPs fawn over upscale bistro-style fare—think striploin steak with frites ($36), lavender roasted chicken ($24) and a foie gras hot dog ($22)—and wines chosen by esteemed sommelier Jamie Drummond. Industrial-ornate decor by local design firm Commute Home matches the College Street spot’s eclectic clientele, with wire lampshades, a plaster-moulding accent wall and a full-size cutout of a 1960s Citroën serve as conversation starters.

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