Will be in Toronto for three days at the end of this Month. We gravitate towards ingredient driven, seasonal, rustic food with or without a regional/ethnic angle. Deep wine lists with a European rather than a Pacific North West selection are also important. Given my preferences, Chiado seemed like a good choice, but after looking at the menu, I am having doubts. The appearance of risotto as a side in both the appetizer and main course selection is out of place in a Portuguese restaurant and reminds me of many mediocre Cal-Med restaurants that throw in risotto whenever they can't think about a better suited side dish to a dish. Also the markups in some of the wines which are available retail in San Francisco, seem astronomical (5-6 times retail). However, if the food and service are a revelation, I don't mind paying the prices for Chiado's wine.
Perigee, Boba, and Jov Bistro caught my eye, but not sure if the food is too conceptual/fussy. However, fussy/conceptual is not a deal breaker if it really is representative of the essence of Toronto's dining scene.
We are also very fond of Cantonese food an hear that Toronto has excellent selections. Some selections for dim sum or for a banquet style dinner will be greatly appreciated.
We have no food allergies or aversions--everything from offal to frog legs is fine with us.
Will not have a car and staying in the Park Hyatt area.
Much obliged for your help and will be happy to reciprocate if you visit San Francisco.