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Hot Dining: Bent Keeps Food in the Family

Dotted with smallish, neighbourhood restaurants that nonetheless draw diners from across the city—see The Black Hoof, Campagnolo and more—the Dundas West strip is now even more foodie friendly, courtesy of a top chef and his clan. Bent is the second Toronto outpost for experiencing the food of Asian-fusion master Susur Lee, offering a seafood-heavy carte of casual bites prepared with cosmopolitan flair. In keeping with the area’s inclusive vibe, the restaurant itself is run with confidence by the chef’s sons, Kai and Levi Bent-Lee; his wife, Brenda Bent-Lee, designed the nostalgia-tinged interior featuring subway tiles, church pews and a trio of antique pachinko machines.  —Craig Moy

Hot Dining: Dundas West’s Restaurant Row

Enoteca Sociale's chef Rocco Agostino (photo by Aislinn Laffan)

It may be somewhat outside of the downtown core, but there’s a lot of delicious dining action along Dundas Street West, between Bathurst and Dufferin street. This charmingly gritty strip has, over the past couple of years, seen an influx of excellent and affordable eats, including internationally known charcuterie citadel The Black Hoof and hyper-specialized sandwich shop Porchetta and Co. (825 Dundas St. W., 647-352-6611), which proudly offers only two menu items. Honest, homespun fare is the watchword here, with Campagnolo (832 Dundas St. W., 416-364-4785) offering local comfort dishes and chef Rocco Agostino of Enoteca Sociale cooking up Italian cuisine just like nonna used to make it. And, though tiny, Brockton General (1321 Dundas St. W., 647-342-6104) serves up big taste from its limited daily menu.