Canada has produced few big-name celebrity chefs. Mark McEwan, whose dapper grin has become synonymous with the "Top Chef Canada" series, definitely qualifies. But long before he became a TV darling, McEwan was wooing local diners with his exquisite food. At One, located inside the five-star Hazelton Hotel, McEwan caters to the crème de la crème of Toronto society. The Yabu Pushelberg–designed room—with its pony-hair, brass, and leather details—is elegant yet understated. Here, the dishes have reached near-mythological status. The Lobster Spoons, Nova Scotian tail meat poached in butter and vermouth until tender, can’t be so much as tweaked—there would be a revolt. Other favorites include a slow-braised beef short rib that’s ready to melt at the shadow of a fork, and perfectly cooked steaks made from PEI-raised cattle and served with decadent sauces like foie gras bordelaise. If there’s one thing you should never skip at One, it’s dessert. The in-house pastry chef creates such delectable confections as a dulce de leche tart with a peanut butter crust, sliced bananas, and Chantilly cream. In summer, One’s patio is among the best in town, less for the vista than the people-watching. Lean back with an Aperol spritz, graze on steak tartare, and take in the show.
116 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Our Rating Neighborhood Uptown Hours Daily 7:30am–11pm Transportation Subway: Bay Phone 416/961-9600 Prices Breakfast $10–$28; brunch $14–$30; main courses $22–$36 lunch, $26–$60 dinner Cuisine Type Canadian Web site One
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