Modern European restaurants in Toronto
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Vertical hangs off the side of an upmarket downtown foodcourt (protected from the proletariat by double doors and a sassy maître d').Chef Tawfik Shehata scales lofty lunchtime heights, his seasonal specials spinning off a core menu of pasta dishes and meaty mains. Dinners are a little more adventurous with mains like potato-wrapped tuna with roasted eggplant and salsa rossa ($33). Wines sluice from California to Italy, Australia and the Niagara Peninsula.
Focaccia fills a woody room in a cute yellow Victorian house just off Yonge St. Oddly enough there's no focaccia on the compact, well-considered menu, just contemporary Euro fare with a fusion twist. Try the grilled calamari with parsley pesto and tomato jam ($9), followed by bison striploin with merlot and black grape sauce and yam gratin ($28).