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Share an Exotic Experience at Byblos

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Toronto diners and restaurateurs, all in a perpetual quest to hit upon the newest trends in food service, seem to have agreed that this year’s modish menus are to be inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle East. These fashionable flavours find their most glamorous interpretation at Byblos, a dining room and lounge from the owners of similarly chic Patria and Weslodge. Named for the Lebanese port that’s said to be the world’s oldest inhabited city, the restaurant naturally presents colourful, contemporary takes on mezze-style dishes traditional to that region—saffron couscous, “jewelled” rice, Turkish dumplings, and spicy tomato and duck egg shakshuka. Communal cocktails, served in ceramic punch bowls, make for apt accompaniments to the shareable plates.  —Craig Moy

• Byblos, Storys Building, 11 Duncan St., 647-660-0909; byblostoronto.com
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