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Bonus You Are Here: Wellington Street West

If our earlier picks for Wellington Street’s coolest joints have you jonesing for more, read on for six bonus hot spots situated on this downtown strip. (They’re all restaurants, so bring your appetite!)

Toca

RITZY FARE Within of the glitzy Ritz-Carlton Hotel, chef Tom Brodi’s Toca is a study in elegance (and decadence!). Appetizer portions of B.C. Dungeress crab marrow paired with fennel foam are as layered as the mains, such as beef tenderloin alongside oxtail and truffle bread pudding. Natural materials and warm wood tones will whet your appetite for Toca’s hearty “Canadian” fare, and the menu will deliver.

EASTERN INFLUENCE Indian food with modern Western flair—cheese croquettes are made from panir and brie, and rack of lamb comes smothered in spicy vindaloo sauce—is the specialty of 259 Host. Brothers Jay and Sanjeev Sethi envisioned multi-level space as a meeting place, bar, and destination for quality ethnic cuisine in one. Mission accomplished. (more…)