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#47 Bymark


Ask any citizen of Bay Street where the best eating is in the concrete canyons and they say Bymark. Despite Mark McEwan’s utterly divided attention, thanks to the growth of the McEwan Group, Bymark still tastes very good although the service has slackened somewhat. The room has been upgraded, charmingly lightened and brightened. Even better spare elegant wood and stone Canadiana. Certain classic menu items stand out: Butter braised lobster poutine is magnificent — rich, loaded with lobster and crispy frites under tarragon-spiked bearnaise. Baby octopus is fork-tender and splendid with smoked poblano sauce with chayote. The $39 lamb (pink perfect chop and sous vide shoulder) with asparagus, carrots, braised pearl onions and gnocchi is just what the doctor ordered for a captain of industry — excellent but not dazzling. Nothing to distract from the deal.

  • Bymark
  • 66 Wellington St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-777-1144

  • Chef: Brooke McDougall
  • Cuisine: Canadian,Italian,Burgers
  • Cost of dinner for two: $150
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to close; Sat. 5 p.m. to close
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 500+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $35
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Three private rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Free parking available at TD Centre after 5 p.m., valet parking available
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