Located on a popular strip where 19th-century buildings have been converted into restaurants, stores, and night spots, Foxley is a tiny, casual restaurant with a lantern-lit outdoor patio (great for first dates) and a terrifically loyal following. Since reservations aren't taken, that translates into long waits most nights to get in. Most would-be patrons leave their cellphone number and head off to explore the neighborhood's hopping bar scene (we'd recommend The Communist's Daughter right around the corner). But those who stand and wait get an eyeful of what's to come, which is an epic menu of Asian fusion tapas, and that may be some of the most creative cooking in the city. There are some 40 items on the menu, but I'd say you haven't really dined here until you try their signature arctic char ceviche (a delightful concoction that mixes the fish with tart apples and chili), the umami fest of fried-oyster hand rolls, the delightfully sticky pork side ribs, and blue crab with avocado salad. Portions are ideal for sharing, so go with a small group if you can.
207 Ossington Ave. just south of Dundas St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Little Portugal Hours Mon–Thurs 6–10:30pm, Fri–Sat 6–11pm Transportation Streetcar: Dundas west to Ossington Phone 416/534-8520 Prices Dishes range from $6–$16 and are meant to be shared Cuisine Type Asian Fusion