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Toronto's top 50 restaurants

I have to come up with the top-50 dinner restaurants in downtown Toronto for a travel guide.

Below is my preliminary list (in no particular order).

I'd love to hear Hound opinions on what doesn't belong, or what I've missed. Thanks!

susur
splendido
canoe
jamie kennedy x3
pangea
scaramouche
senses
thuet
rain
chiado
north 44
bymark
c5 (rom)
perigee
didier
town grill
rosebud
harbour 60
george
amuse-bouche
cava
auberge du pomier
colborne lane
greg couillard's spice room & chutney bar
mistura
sopra upper lounge
milagro
czehoski
celestin
rodneys
oyster boy
starfish oyster bed & grill
fifth
truffles
crush wine bar
barbarian's steak house
ruth's chris
xacuti
teatro
windsor arms
rosewater
sequel
globe bistro
kaiseki-sakura
hiro sushi
cucina
coca
king's garden

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  1. Wine access just did a scoring/ranking of the top 100 restaurants in Canada, but I can't find a link to it. Anyhoo... that's a good list.

    Matt

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    1. Margaret swaine, one of the contributing writers (for Toronto), ate at the restaurant I work at at least twice in the past 6 months (taking notes, etc.), so I would be hasty to judge Wine Access' list as some kind of popularity contest.

      Matt

      1. re: Matt416

        I picked up that issue of WA today, It's a pretty good list for Toronto. Thanks for the tip.

        btw, how do you know she was in your restaurant? Did she identify herself while there?

        1. re: grilledcheese

          I have been to wine tastings that she has attended before.

    2. I can only comment on one of your choice - was only in Toronto for a few days for a business conference- but I loved Bymark.

      Went twice over the 5 days we were there and each time was fabulous. I especially loved that they went out of the way for us to find a wine that would complement both our meals. Food was wonderful, we were thrilled with the wine and the service was great.

      :-)

      1. Lai Wah Heen, Vertical, Red's, Chez Victor... seems like some very fine chefs/establishments are not represented on that list...

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          1. Sushi Kaji is one of the city's very best although it is not downtown! I would put it on a Top 10 list.

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            1. re: deelicious

              I didn't see Burger Shack on your list. Shame :-)

              1. re: acd123

                Exactly the same sentiment I was thinking! Not to criticize your list too much, but it's not exactly "chowhoundish" to me. I would like to see more cheap, homey, ethnic, neighbourhood joints on any list purporting to be a "best of".

                I don't need to know where the yuppie sheep go to eat, unless it's for the purpose of avoiding whatever tragically hip scene is currently in vogue.