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Bymark

Staff Picks: 5 Great Sit-Down-and-Savour Restaurant Burgers

The Bymark Burger is a favourite of Bay Street's power players (photo by Claudia Hung)

Last week we broke down our five favourite burger joints in Toronto. But of course they’re not the only spots for amazing grilled-meat patties. Lots of full-service restaurants—both casual and upscale—prepare excellent, mouthwatering specialty burgers with all sorts of elaborate ingredients. (more…)

Staff Picks: Our 10 Preferred Places for Poutine

Hearty Canadians embrace our less-than-tropical climate by bundling up in layers and chowing down on that classic Quebecois delicacy known as poutine. This holy trinity of French fries, cheese curds and gravy is served up hot—and with occasional delicious variations—at these ten Toronto eateries.

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Chef at Home: Ricardo Larrivée

If you like the affable, comforting persona of chef Ricardo Larrivée from his Food Network Canada show Ricardo and Friends, you can now bring him home with you. Sort of. The bilingual Quebec-based host—episodes of his popular series are filmed in the Chambliss home Larrivée shares with his wife and three daughters—has launched a line of cook- and bakeware available at Sears. The complete collection consists of pots, pans, utensils, and even storage containers. A frequent visitor to Toronto, Larrivée shares his thoughts on this city.

What are your favourite places to visit when in Toronto?

I love the antique stores in Yorkville. Also the Royal Ontario Museum, Pusateri’s, Stillwater Spa, and Kensington Market (at Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West) for its food, bars and ambience. (more…)

Hot Dining: Winterlicious’ Dinner Deal

Bangkok Garden is one of many participating Winterlicious restaurants

JANUARY 28 TO FEBRUARY 10 Connoisseurs of fine cuisine can catch a break this season as Toronto’s annual Winterlicious dining event returns. The two-week promotion sees approximately 150 of the city’s top restaurants—including such staples as Bangkok Garden, Rosewater, Bymark and many others—offer deliciously discounted prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Advance reservations are recommended and certain hot spots sell out quickly, but with such a wide range of establishments to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong. And don’t be afraid to be adventurous with your restaurant picks—you might just find a new favourite. Lunch $15 to $25, dinner $25 to $45; dial 311 or visit here for a full list of participants.

Hot Dining: Fabbrica, Mark McEwan’s Latest Digs

Photo by Ben Rahn, A-Frame Inc.

Super-chef Mark McEwan is at it again. Already the owner of downtown dining destinations One, Bymark and North 44°, his empire recently expanded with the opening of Fabbrica. An Italian restaurant with Canadian sensibilities, the large, designer-casual space accommodates all comers at the suburban Shops at Don Mills. The authentically rustic menu featuring varied salumi and antipasti offerings, plus house-made pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas and mains like braised short ribs ($26), sea bream ($28) and smoked quail ($28) upholds McEwan’s high culinary standards—and those of his hungry patrons.

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2010 Dining Guide: Looking at Cooking

These four Toronto-based chefs take to the airwaves weekly on the Food Network
to offer insights into their craft.

You Are Here: The PATH

The largest underground retail concourse in the world, Toronto’s PATH system travels beneath the Financial District with numerous entry and exit points. Many have been lured by its warmth in winter, plus shopping and sustenance. But it can be a bit confusing; follow our guide to ensure a smooth trip from one end to the other.

1. CENTRAL HUB One of the bigger, busier sections of PATH’s underground city is First Canadian Place. More than 120 shops, services and restaurants make it a popular destination for business people with a minute to spare. Top shops such as Harry Rosen, Tip Top Tailors and Birks ensure you’re well attired and accessorized, while respected restaurants including Vertical and Reds can satisfy any craving. This marketplace is as distinguished as its namesake skyscraper, which stands as the city’s second tallest building. 100 King St. W., 416-862-8138.

First Canadian Place's gleaming concourse

2. PRIME REAL ESTATE Near Bay and Wellington streets sits the cluster of Mies van der Rohe–designed towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Beneath those buildings, the PATH’s green granite floors match TD Bank’s colour palette, and plush leather benches offer respite from the foot traffic. The retail range here offers Danier Leather and a Laura Secord chocolate boutique. Streetside, you’ll find the Design Exchange and popular restaurant Bymark. High flyers ascend even further—54 storeys, to be exact—to indulge in original Canadian cuisine at Canoe. 66 Wellington St. W., 416-869-1144.

3. ADDED VALUE If you find yourself surrounded by bright, white marble, you’ve arrived at the new Bay Adelaide Centre. This peaceful portion of PATH is home to a small but immaculate food court and some quick-stop shops; to the north it connects with the huge flagship location of The Bay. The futuristic feel of the underground matches the building that rises from it—the glass-walled building is the city’s first and only high-rise office tower to lay claim to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Standard. 333 Bay St., 416-369-2300.

The exquisite vaulted ceiling of Commerce Court's CIBC bank building

4. SQUARE DEAL Commerce Court’s quadrants boast a food court, as well as healthy Four, an upscale restaurant where every dish is under 650 calories. Above ground, check out power-lunch favourite Far Niente plus the historic Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce headquarters—with its stunning Beaux Arts–style atrium—and the surrounding towers designed by I.M. Pei. 25 King St. W., 416-364-2281.

5. SPLENDID SITE Arguably the best-known southerly section of the PATH is Brookfield Place. Just a short walk from Union Station, its subterranean component has a food court and a few modest shops, but you’ll also find the entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame—a shrine to Canada’s cherished pastime featuring exhibits, artifacts, trophies and more. Or, follow the sunlight up to street level, where soaring white buttresses and an arched glass ceiling create a futuristic cathedral-like effect in the Allen Lambert Galleria. 181 Bay St., 416-777-6480.

Hot Dining: TV Chefs Get Real

Roger Mooking

Supplement your celebrity-spotting experience during this month’s Toronto International Film Festival by dining at the restaurants of these TV-star chefs.

1 Originally an award-winning soul musician, Roger Mooking now spices things up as the head chef for hip fusion joints Kultura and Nyood. He also shows off his recipes and ebullient personality on Food Network Canada’s Everyday Exotic.

2 On The Heat, chef Mark McEwan balances a recently opened fine-food emporium, a high-end catering company and three hugely successful restaurants. Like what you see on the tube? You can nosh on McEwan’s sophisticated contemporary cuisine—and maybe catch him in action—at North 44, Bymark and One.

3 Lynn Crawford is well known to Torontonians for injecting freshness into tired kitchens on Restaurant Makeover. These days, the top chef shares her love of local ingredients at her lauded farm-to-table restaurant Ruby Watchco, and on the culinary road show Pitchin’ In.

Hot Dining: Burger Bounty

The decadent burger at Bymark

The quintessential summer entree comes highly recommended at these local restaurants.

1 The lunch-menu burger at Beer Bistro is seasoned with Belgian ale and arrives on a beer-buttermilk bun ($10.95). Pair it with an imported cold one on the large patio.

2 Star chef Mark McEwan’s burger at Bymark is notoriously decadent with brie de meaux, grilled king mushroom and shaved truffles ($34.95).

3 Ontario beef is served thick and juicy at the Drake Hotel. The Queen West fave’s “classic” burger is tastefully topped with blue cheese, onions, bacon, jalapeños and Dijon aioli ($18).

4 Fresh-baked challah bread sandwiches your succulent choice of either Angus beef ($17) or New Zealand lamb ($19)—plus tangy tomato jam and Quebec brie—at Loire.

5 At Yellow Griffin Pub there are almost too many burgers: more than 35 options for fixin’s on eight different patties—beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, veggie, bison and salmon ($10.95 to $14.35).

July Editor’s Picks: Dining

Forte Bistro & Lounge.

1. Opera and ballet lovers have a new option for a pre- or post-show bite. Just steps from the Four Seasons Centre, Forte recently opened in an equally theatrical and surprisingly large space, highlighted by walnut trim in the front-of-house, mirrored red glass and a three-dimensional accent wall in the central dining area, plus a sleek lounge at the rear. Artfully plated bistro fare by chef Greg Argent (formerly of fusion institution Rain) suits the surroundings with such dishes as coq au vin with honey mushrooms ($25) and slow-cooked rabbit with pappardelle ($25). The pre-preformance prix fixe menu offers a streamlined selection for $30—though you’ll want to take time to savour these tastes, efficient servers ensure you’re satiated before the curtain rises across the street.

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