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January Editor’s Picks: Dining

Roosevelt Room<br>photo by Igor Yu1. This city is home to a smattering of supper clubs. Each has its merits, but the Roosevelt Room stands out in its attempt to reflect the golden age of dinner-and-dance venues—the Roaring ‘20s. With its art deco–styled interior as well as an expected slate of entertainment that not only features DJs, but also vaudeville- and cabaret-inspired shows, live jazz and more, the large space glamorously evokes early Hollywood. And while any old club can provide passable drinks and a place to cut a rug, the Roosevelt Room excels equally at the supper side of things, thanks to a menu created by top chef Trevor Wilkinson. Among the sophisticated French-styled classics are lobster thermidor ($35.95), coq au vin ($27.95) and a 22-ounce Alberta rib steak with frites ($39.95)—perfect fuel for dancing well into the night.

Swish by Han<br>photo by Jessica Napier2. When Toronto diners crave kimchee, kalbi and bi bim bap, they instinctively head to Bloor and Christie streets, where fast and inexpensive Korean restaurants are too numerous to count. Recently opened Swish by Han, however, lures foodies south to Old Town with a more modern, high-end spread of Far East fare. Owned by brothers Leemo and Leeto Han, the restaurant exudes comfortable refinement with exposed brick, chandeliers and handcrafted reclaimed-wood tables. The warm, welcoming atmosphere echoes chef Leemo’s belly-warming food, from the lunch-staple kimchee tuna melt ($9) to the signature swish-swish bowls ($15 to $20) that cook meat, mushrooms and greens right at your table.

Petite Thuet's turkey sandwich

Petite Thuet's turkey sandwich

3. Head to these eateries and snatch up some superb sandwiches.

>> Marinated for three days, then slow-cooked for 12 hours, the pulled pork sandwich ($7) at Black Camel is a meaty marvel.

>> Montreal isn’t the only place for quality smoked meat, thanks to Caplansky’s, which offers up dry-cured, hand-sliced succulence on rye ($8), plus other deli classics.

>> Fuel up with Jamie Kennedy–approved sandwiches—roasted beets ($9) or smoked salmon ($11) on whole wheat, for example—from the airy Gardiner Café.

>> Financial District high flyers make a lunch-hour landing at Petite Thuet, where fixin’s like organic turkey and Alsatian salami are stuffed between thick slices of chef Marc Thuet’s renowned fresh-baked bread.

>> For sheer variety, it’s hard to beat Zoë’s Bakery Café. The sammie spread ranges from cheddar and apple with mango chutney ($8.25) to spicy piri piri chicken ($9.75). There’s even a childhood staple— peanut butter and jam ($4.25).

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