After years of being a culinary desert ask any long-time film fest goer Yonge and Bloor is becoming ground zero for fine dining in T.O. Visit one of these eateries to see what we mean.
BYZANTIUM (499 Church, at Wellesley, 416-922-3859) A restaurant of two halves -- one a copper-hued cocktail lounge, the other a Prada-green swanky boite -- where, with careful menu manoeuvres, the action on diners' plates beats the non-stop cruise-a-rama parading past the spot's open French doors. Best: pork tenderloin vindaloo with sweet-potato samosas and apple-turnip chutney; lemon-grass chicken with grilled veggie couscous, wilted greens and tandoori yogurt; seared foie gras with savoury corn cakes and salsa; mussels in lemon-coriander broth with black beans; citrus tarts for dessert. Complete dinners for $45 per person, including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine. Open daily for dinner 5:30 to 11 pm; martini bar open 5:30 pm to 2 am, till 1 am Sunday and Monday. Fully licensed. Access: barrier-free, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN