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June Editor’s Picks: Dining

Ultra (photo by Device 222)

Ultra (photo by Device 222).

1. One of Toronto’s swankiest dining and nightlife destination just got even more posh. Along the see-and-be-seen strip of Queen Street West, Ultra recently unveiled a new Munge Leung–designed interior that melds candlelit intimacy with cheeky features like a 15-foot-high wall of giant rooster photos and a communal table fashioned by edgy local firm Castor. The menu has been overhauled, too. While steaks ($28 to $45)—a supper club staple with varied accompaniments—remain, chef Chris Zielinski also serves up eastern-inspired small plates such as hoisin-ginger salmon with pineapple-coriander jus ($20) and half-baked lobster with avocado salad and chipotle hollandaise ($19). Don’t forget your dancing shoes—top-tier DJs spin late four nights a week.

Osteria Ciceri e Tria (photo by Amy Baker)

Osteria Ciceri e Tria (photo by Amy Baker).

2. Ask Torontonians to name their favourite Italian restaurant and many are likely to answer Terroni, a venerable eatery with three locations in the city. Now, the owners of this successful trio present sister space Osteria Ciceri e Tria (106 Victoria St., 416-955-0258), a rural-style taverna that follows a model of traditional hospitality: sit down, have a drink, let the house feed you. And feed you they shall: the weekly menu’s authentic Apulian offerings could include anything from an antipasto of grilled anchovies to such secondi as house-made spicy sausage with smoked buffalo mozzarella. Order à la carte, or select a fixed-price meal ($23 to $35, depending on your appetite) and sit at the communal table for a true osteria experience.

Mogette Bistro

Mogette Bistro

3. The charming Mount Pleasant enclave has long been a hot spot for antique hunters and hobbyists, but lately it has also built a reputation as a fine dining destination. Mogette Bistro is the latest restaurant to embrace the neighbourhood’s stylish yet unassuming quality, where co-chefs Philippe Coeurdassier and Daniel Muia turn out fresh fare for the intimate white-linen-and-dark-wood dining room. Seasonal ingredients, including the little white bean for which the bistro is named, come together in such Gallic classics as escargots on a puff pastry with garlic and red wine sauce ($12), beef cheeks bourguignon ($23) and grilled lamb medallions with a mogette ragout ($25).

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