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It’s not only guests you see streaming through Thompson Toronto’s doors — there are, after all, only 102 rooms at this boutique property. The foodies flock here, too, for the restaurants located on the first floor of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel.
Hours are no matter at Thompson Diner. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this hipster diner — a classic reinvented with a sleek bar and comfortable banquettes — rotates through breakfast, brunch and all-day menus. Though there are healthy options on each, this is a prime place to experience hearty Canadian hangover cures such as breakfast poutine (fries, chopped turkey sausage, poached egg, hollandaise sauce and gravy) and the all-Canadian burger (topped with cheddar and peameal bacon). Thompson Diner’s hair-of-the-dog brunch cocktails are another highlight; there are three versions of the Clamato-based Caesar drink, a Canadian favorite, alone.
Wabora, a Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi and robata grilling, also calls the Toronto hotel home. With leather couches, flat-screen TVs and an entire wall of wine, Wabora’s décor is casual but chic, just like its menu. The list of dishes is extensive, starting with about 60 types of sushi rolls. You can enjoy them, from shrimp tempura (number 9) to the baby greens salad roll (number 63), for lunch and dinner seven days a week.