Looking for a stylish spot where stylin' folks flock? Try one of these.
BAR ONE (924 Queen West, at Shaw, 416-535-1655) With connections to two of College Street’s hottest haunts — Bar Italia and the now-closed Ellipsis — this streamlined satellite brings cachet to Queen West’s condo frontier. Best: thin-crusted pizza with red potato, fennel-flecked sausage, Vidalia onion and Danish blue cheese grilled chicken salad on arugula with toasted pinenuts, Asiago and fennel spectacular daily breakfasts like ovo buco — baked egg on focaccia with asparagus and melted Brie with chipotle hollandaise. Complete dinners for $25 per person ($17 at lunch), including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine. Open for lunch 11:30 am to 3 pm, for pizza 3 to 5 pm, and for dinner 5 to 11 pm. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm, for dinner 5 to 11 pm. Bar open till 1 am. Fully licensed. Access: two steps at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNN
INDOCHINE (4 Collier, at Yonge, 416-922-5840) One of the first spots to bring pan-Asian eats to town, this intimate café has just had a fashionable facelift. Best: grilled Saigon-style sea bass skewered Hanoi chicken satay over baby mesclun in citrus vinaigrette slow-cooked beef brisket curry meal-in-one pho — beef, chicken or seafood — in tart tamarind-scented broth garnished with Chinese garlic chives. Complete meals for $25 per person ($15 at lunch), including all taxes, tip and a Tsingtao beer. Open for lunch Monday to Saturday noon to 3 pm, for dinner Monday to Thursday 5 to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 pm. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNNSD