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Cool restaurants in Toronto

15 cool and fun restaurants in Toronto

Situated on the Northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario in Canada. Only about 130 kilometers, an average drive of 1 ½ hours from the US border, this vibrant city is not only the largest in Canada, but also known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. This diversity contributes to a wide variety of food and restaurant options. “Peameal Bacon Sandwich” is the locals famous secret, a cooked peameal bacon (a back bacon) on a Kaiser roll, topped with mustard. But that’s not it! Toronto has so much more to offer! We invite you on a journey, exploring 15 cool and fun restaurants in Toronto!

Contents:

Tip #1: Le Petit Chef

Le Petit Chef Toronto
Le Petit Chef Toronto

Number one in our ranking of “must visits” in Toronto is Le Petit Chef. The world’s smallest chef invites you to a combined theater and dining experience. One location in Downtown Toronto and one in Richmond Hill, brings a 3D theater experience on your plate. Your meal is surrounded with various performances and recordings. No worry, when the food is on the table, it’s the star on stage! You will enjoy a tasty menu combined with fun entertainment.

Le Petit Chef Toronto

Visit our extraordinary 3D dinner-show Le Petit Chef in 291 Harbord Street, Downtown Toronto or at the Jokers Theater & Comedy Club.

Le Petit Chef in Toronto

Le Petit Chef is operating around the world. The tiny, a little bit over 2 inches tall chef from France, comes to life and entertains you with his funny show. A virtual story is told on your dining table, with hologram and 3D projection. The family friendly restaurant offers a Classic, Vegetarian and Kids menu and is a very special food and art adventure.  

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian menu options available.

Speciality:

3D theater surrounds a fun dining experience

Price:

Five-course menu.

Classic and Vegetarian: 129.99 $ (+gratuity) per person

Junior meal for ages 12 and under: 64.99 $ (+gratuity) per person

Hours:

Reservation is necessary, you can book online

Locations:

Downtown:

Le Petit Chef

291 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario 

 

Richmond Hill:

Jokers Theater & Comedy Club

115 York Blvd U9, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Contact:

Phone: (647) 255-9694

Webpage: https://www.lepetitchef.com/cities/toronto/ 

Tip #2: Kinka Izakaya

Kinka Izakaya Toronto
Image credit: Kinka Izakaya Toronto

“Transport yourself to Japan” is the slogan of Toronto’s answer to a Japanese pub. On a communal table enjoy sizzling stone rice bowls, Japanese curries and Udon. Oshizushi, pressed sushi, blow torched to order and Japanese tapas varieties are on the menu as well. The restaurant introduces guests to Japanese cuisine beyond just sushi. Meals are made to share, which is traditional in Japanese culture.

Not only is the food menu worth a try, also the Drinks menu is very special in its own way. Japanese influenced cocktails, a variety of sake, the traditional rice wine and also typical non alcoholic drinks are featured on the menu. “Kinka” stands for Happiness in Japan. Since 2009 the restaurant has been serving Happiness through food at the Harbourfront.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian menu options available.

Speciality :

Toronto’s take on a Japanese Pub, with Japanese cuisine beyond just sushi. Perfect for sharing on a communal table.

Price:

Set menus are available for $39 and $56 with a minimum order of 2.

Bowls and Curries start at $16 up to $23.

Hours:

Tue-Wed: 11.30 AM-2.30 PM, 5 PM-10 PM 

Thur-Fri: 11.30 AM-2.30 PM, 5 PM-11.30 PM 

Sa: 5 PM-11.30 PM

Su-Mo: 5 PM-10 PM

Location:

Kinka Izakaya

110 Harbour St

Toronto, ON M5J 0B7

Contact:

Phone: (647) 348-0110

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.kinkaizakaya.com/ 

Tip #3: Canoe

Canoe Toronto
Image credit: Canoe Toronto

Canoe is considered as one of the most romantic dining spots in Toronto. How could it not be, with this view? Canadian cuisine is served with a breathtaking view on the 54th floor of a downtown office building. Beautiful light at night, amazing view over the city and Lake Ontario for lunch. This restaurant, in the top ranking of Canada’s 100 best restaurants list, celebrates executive chef Ron McKinlays fine Canadian dining ideas with an eight-course tasting menu.

Almost 30 years of experience serving people is what Canoe brings on the table. The chefs McKinlay and District Executive Chef John Horne work closely with farmers and buy locally sourced and seasonal ingredients for their changing menus. The farm to table restaurant works with over 30 suppliers in the whole country to source their ingredients fresh.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan tasting menus available.

Speciality:

In the top ranking of Canada’s 100 best restaurants list, with a breathtaking view on the 54th floor of a downtown building. Spendy.

Price:

Tasting menu $185 per person, $100 (in addition) with wine pairings and $200 (in addition) with premium wine pairings. Lunch mains starting $34 and up to $55.

Hours:

Lunch: Mo – Fri: 11.45am – 1.15pm

Dinner: Mo – Fri: 5 pm – 9.30 pm

Bar: Mo – Fri: 11.45am – 11.30pm 

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Reservations are online only and 31 days in advance. Up to 8 guests.

Location:

Canoe

66 Wellington St. W, 

TD Bank Tower, 54th Floor,

Toronto, ON, Canada M5K 1H6

Contact:

Phone: (416) 364-0054

Webpage: http://www.canoerestaurant.com/

Tip #4: WVRST

WVRST Toronto
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In for some authentic German food in Toronto? The German beer and sausage hall caters to all your needs of a typical German beer garden experience. A big variety of German sausages, wild meat types like Bison or Duck, but also vegetarian and vegan options, like their Mediterranean sausage and their vegan black bean promises fun for the tastebuds for all kinds of diets. Schnitzel Sandwiches, Bavarian Pretzels and their famous Duck Fat Fries someone can’t pass. 

Twenty taps of local beers and ciders and a long menu list of imported alcoholics go hand in hand with the German style food and make sure, the German foodie experience is completed. Bar seating and the very traditional long communal beer garden tables, seat folks after ordering at the counter and getting a number. In Octoberfest style, meals and drinks come to your table!

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan food options available. Vegan burger and vegan sausages.

Speciality :

Authentic German food in beer garden style with German beers and ciders. Communal seating.  

Price:

Sausages and burger starting $13.75,

Bavarian Pretzel are $5.50,

Duck Fat Fries $9.50

Hours:

King West Hours:

Mo – Thur: 11.30 am – 11 pm

Fri – Sa: 11.30 am – midnight

Su: 11.30 am – 10 pm

 

Union Station Hours:

Mo – Sa: 11.30 am – 10 pm 

Su: 11.30 am – 7.30 pm

Location:

WVRST

609 King Street West

Toronto ON M5V 1M5

 

Lower Level Union Station

65 Front Street West

Toronto, On M5J 1E6

Contact:

Phone: (416) 703-7775 (King Street)

Phone: (416) 283-3251 (Union Station)

Webpage: https://wvrst.com/

Tip #5: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen Toronto
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Let’s go to Mildred’s – is what foodies in Toronto since the 70’s say. In the heart of Liberty Village Brunch lovers from all over the world, but also from Toronto, savor on the fluffiest pancakes in town. Not to fool you, Mildred’s is an almost all day (until 3pm) restaurant, but their breakfast is famous. Blueberry pancakes, Huevos rancheros and poached egg sandwiches are breakfast items food lovers wait in line for. 

It doesn’t surprise that the restaurant published its own cookbook “Out to Brunch” and they even have a Mildred’s pantry, where you can take dry mixes (like a Mildred’s pancake kit) and more of your favorite breakfast items, home. Comfort food and convivial vibes combined!

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

Brunch restaurant has existed since 1989 and is a hotspot for fluffy blueberry pancakes in Toronto.

Price:

The famous Mrs. Biederhof Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes go for $20, most of the breakfast items are in this price range. 

Hours:

Mon – Fri: 10 am – 3 pm

Sat – Sun: 9 am – 3 pm

Closed Tuesday. Reservations online. Weekends are walk-ins only.

Location:

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

85 Hanna Av

Liberty Village Toronto M6K 3S3

Contact:

Phone: (416)588-5695

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://mildreds.ca

Tip #6: Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery

Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery Toronto
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It’s an ice cream shop, not a restaurant. But Bang Bang is so cool and much fun. So cool and fun, that people stand in line for ice cream sandwiches, super unique flavors and Hong Kong style bubble waffles all summer long. Sometimes even after hours. The bakery in the back of the house produces a variety of goodies like their special Cinnibun, Chiffon cake or the Puff. 

Good news: You can have ice cream served in almost everything they produce.

The freezer case in the small shop offers pints and grab-and-go ice cream sandwiches. Flavors are as unique as they sound: Banana Pudding Custard, Burnt Toffee, Matcha-Genmaicha Tiramisu, Maltease Me, to mention just a handful of them.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegan cookies and ice cream options available.

Speciality:

Funky flavors of ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. Ice Cream can also be served in Hong Kong style bubble waffles, on cakes and brownies or on a cinnamon roll.

Price:

Prices starting at $5.25 for a single scoop, double scoops go for $6.95. Half ice cream sandwiches starting at $ 5.98, full ice cream sandwiches $ 10. Waffle $ 8.35

Hours:

Changing hours depending on season and weather

Business updates google maps hours and keep them up to date

Mo: Closed

Tue: 2 pm – 9 pm

Wed – Thur: 1 pm – 9 pm 

Fri – Su: 1 pm – 8.45 pm

Location:

Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery

93A Ossington Ave

Toronto, ON M6J 2Z2

Contact:

Phone: (416) 531-1900

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: http://bangbangicecream.ca

Tip #7: Fat Pasha

Fat Pasha Toronto
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This restaurant is even iconic for its name. Fat Pasha is a funky Middle-Eastern inspired restaurant, serving Israeli and Sephardic food in the Annex neighborhood. Chef and owner Anthony Rose is serving street food like mezze spreads, shawarma and mixed grilled meat options, but also caters to Vegetarians and Vegans. 

The tahini-smothered cauliflower and the whole roasted cauliflower with skhug, tahini, halloumi, pomegranate and pine nuts at Fat Pasha are famous. They can be enjoyed on their generous outdoor patio seating, as well as the creamy hummus with crispy falafel and baba ganoush.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

Middle-Eastern inspired restaurant, famous for their tahini-smothered cauliflower. Israeli and Sephardic food.

Price:

Brunch platters starting $ 34, Brunch menu items starting $ 17. Dinner menu items starting $ 34, the Pasha Family Dinner (feeds 4 – 5 people) is $ 159.65

Hours:

Mo: Closed

Tue – Fr: 5 pm – 10 pm 

Sat: 11 am – 2.45 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm 

Su: 11 am – 2.45 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm

Location:

Fat Pasha

414 Dupont St

Toronto, ON M5R 1V9

Contact:

Phone: (647) 646-1698

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://fatpasha.com

Tip #8: Tilt Arcade Bar

Image credit: Tilt Arcade Bar Toronto

When it comes to fun restaurants in Toronto, Tilt is unlimited fun! Toronto’s largest retro arcade offers unlimited play for $10. Play pinball, console booth and a variety of arcade machines – but don’t forget to eat! Tilt’s menu is as much fun as the games. Typical bar food at its best. Corn Dogs, Mach&Cheese bites, deep fried pickle tokens with buttermilk ranch sauce can only be topped by the desserts: Deep fried cookies and candy bars served with chocolate dipping sauce.

Visiting Tilt Arcade Bar is time traveling back to much childhood fun. The fully licensed bar, with a wide selection of beers, reminds you of being an adult. Gladly! Minors are welcome to play, eat and hang until 8pm. The Downtown bar is a fun restaurant for old fashioned eats and plays.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available

Speciality:

Nostalgic arcade venue with old fashioned eats. Bar Food style.

Price:

Menu items between $5 and $15. Inexpensive eatery.

Hours:

Mo – Fr: 5 pm – 2 am 

Sat – Su: 2 pm – 2 am 

Minors allowed until 8pm

Location:

Tilt Arcade Bar

1255 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON M6K 1L4

Contact:

Phone: (437) 880-5586

Webpage: https://tilttoronto.com/

Tip #9: Bobbie Sue’s Mac&Cheese

Bobbie Sue’s Mac&Cheese Toronto
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Mac&Cheese is life! Kids and adults all over the planet would confirm this saying. And they would go crazy over Bobbie Sue’s Mac&Cheese. The “hole in the wall “ has been serving comfort food since 2015. Owner Frederic and Nicholas Laliberté are using a bechamél base, with a five cheese blend for their classic Mac & Cheese. 

The traditional version of the comfort food can be spiked up with extras. Pulled chicken or pork, broccoli or house buffalo sauce. The vegan mac is made with their in house made cashew blend and soy bacon bits. Even gluten free mac are available. 

The small restaurant is take out only. The colorful shack has a big take out window and offers mac to go, perfect for a sunny day and lunch in the park.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, Vegan and gluten free options available.

Speciality:

Mac & Cheese restaurant. Traditional comfort food with twists and turns. 

Price:

Small portion Mac & Cheese starting $11.45, Large portion starting $17.25

Hours:

Mo – Thu: 12 pm – 10 pm

Fr – Sa: 12 pm – 11 pm 

Su: 12 pm – 8 pm

Location:

Bobbie Sue’s Mac&Cheese

162 Ossington Ave, Unit 3

Toronto, ON M6J 227

Contact:

Webpage: https://bobbiesues.ca

No orders by phone or email, only online. Or walk up.

Tip #10: Members Only Waffle House

Members Only Waffle House Toronto
Image credit: Members Only Waffle House Toronto

It might be a little bit weird, but has definitely potential for our top 15 Toronto fun restaurant list – The Members Only Waffle House. Owner Kirsty Fan found the concept being done in Madrid and brought her naughty dessert idea to Toronto. The phallic-shaped waffles started to sell at a pop up stand in Queens West. Successfully Fan made it to a brick and mortar with pink walls and funky vibes. 

The waffles are made daily fresh in house and the customer can choose from five different Belgian dipping sauces. Sprinkles and toppings are offered for even more fun eating the phallic-style sweet dessert.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No vegan options available.

Speciality:

Phallic-shaped waffles with Belgian dipping sauces and toppings

Price:

Waffles are $11

Hours:

Mo – Tu: Closed

Wed – Thu: 1pm – 8pm

Fr: 1pm – 10pm

Sat: 12pm – 10pm

Su: 12pm  – 8pm

Location:

Members Only Waffle House

252 Queen St W

Toronto, ON M5V1Z8

Tip #11: Simit & Chai

Image credit: Simit & Chai Toronto

No, this is not just a bagel restaurant! Simit & Chai produces, daily fresh in house, the most ancient form of a bagel: Simit. First references of Simit are found in 1525. The origin of the molasses dipped and sesame rolled circular bread is in Istanbul. Simit & Chai is serving the vegan bread as different lunch sandwiches. With smoked salmon, smoked meat, but also all vegan with smashed fava beans. 

Owner John and Dee Ulgen operate the Turkish bakery and cafe in a spacious, modern space with high ceilings. Don’t miss taking a glance at the kitchen, when ordering your food. The simit is baked from adapted family recipes and served not just with chai, but also with Turkish coffee. Brunch options are also available. The typical Shakshouka, poached eggs in a tomato sauce with bell peppers, but also a “Vegan Nest” for plant-based eaters.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Very good vegetarian and vegan options available, for breakfast and brunch.

Speciality:

Simit. The ancient bagel speciality, Turkish pastries and Turkish coffee.

Price:

Simple breakfast Simit sandwiches starting $6.75. Simit lunch sandwiches starting $11.75. Brund starting $15.75

Hours:

King West location:

Simit & Chai Hours

Mon – Thurs: 8.15 am – 3.30 pm 

Fri: 8.15 am – 5 pm 

Sat – Sun: 9 am – 5 pm 

 

Leslieville location:

Pasaj Hours

Brunch: 

Everyday: 9.30 am – 3pm

Bakery:

Mo – Thur: 8.30 am  – 4 pm

Fri – Su: 8.30 am – 5 pm

Location:

King West location:

787 King Street West

Toronto, ON M5V 1N4

 

Leslieville location:

1100 Queen Street East

Toronto, ON M4M 1K8

Contact:

Phone: (647) 352-4161

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://simitandchai.co

Tip #12: The Shameful Tiki Room

Image credit: The Shameful Tiki Room Toronto

You wanna escape into another world? The Shameful Tiki Room is your choice of a fun restaurant in Toronto. It’s the daughter of Vancouver’s Shameful Tiki Room and a vintage style themed Tiki Bar. Opened 2015 in Toronto’s Parkdale neighborhood, owned by Rod Moore, the bar has capacity for 70 people and offers fun cocktails, bowls and eats

Rum based cocktails with names like “Pain Killer”, “Rum Barrel” or “Zombie” are the main items of the drink menu. For good drinkers Tiki Room offers alcoholic bowls to share between two or three people. The menu consists of bar food, like Crab Rangoon, Spring rolls (vegan), Coconut Shrimp or Popcorn Cauliflower. Sandwiches, Fried rice and chicken tenders are also part of the Tiki Room bar menu.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

A vintage Tiki Bar with fun drinks and bar food.

Price:

Single drinks starting $15, Alcoholic bowls for two and more people starting $ 25. Bar food is between $10 and $18.

Hours:

Sun – Thur: 5 pm – 12 am 

Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2 am

Location:

The Shameful Tiki Room

1378 Queen St W

Toronto, ON M6K 1L7

Tip #13: O.Noir

Image credit: O.Noir Toronto

O.NOIR is a “Blind” restaurant. It’s based on the involvement of people with disabilities. The original concept of O.NOIR was to show the difficulties a blind person struggles with in this world. But also to increase the sensitivity of the taste buds and smell. Customers sit in a completely dark room enjoying their meal, they can’t see what they are eating. Founder Moe Alameddine invites to this sensory experience restaurant in Downtown Toronto.

Customers are greeted by a host who explains the concept of the restaurant and takes the orders. After being seated, the lights are turned off and the guests are served by visually impaired or blind servers. The restaurant caters to special dietary restrictions, but serves meat and vegetarian options as well. Even a surprise menu can be ordered.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

Blind restaurant. Completely dark environment. Food is served by visually impaired or blind servers.

Price:

The 3-course menu is $48, 2-course menu is $38. A minimum 2-course order is required. Surprise dishes are not on the menu. Drinks are charged separately.

Hours:

Su – Thu: 6.30 pm – 9 pm

Fri: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm

Sat: 6.30 pm – 10 pm

Reservations can be made online: https://www.onoirtoronto.com/reservation/

Location:

O.Noir

620 Church Street

Toronto, ON MAY 2G2

Contact:

Phone: (416) 922-6647

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.onoirtoronto.com

Tip #14: 360. The restaurant at the CN Tower

360. The restaurant at the CN Tower Toronto
Image credit: 360. The restaurant at the CN Tower

First to admit: This is not a restaurant for the small wallet. The 360 restaurant at the CN Tower is fine dining with a breathtaking view. If you are a guest at the panoramic view Downton restaurant, you can’t just sip on a coffee. A minimum food purchase of $75 is actually easy to achieve. Customers enjoy their meal 1,151 feet above the ground and the rotation completes every 72 minutes. 

Regional ingredients are accompanied by Canadian wines from the “Cellar in the sky”, which holds over 9000 bottles, featuring over 500 wines from around the world. The several awards winning, cool restaurant in Toronto, has also been voted as the “most romantic place to eat”. If you are a beer drinker, 360 has its own beer, created in partnership with Railway City Brewing in St. Thomas, Ontario.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

The tallest restaurant in Toronto. 1,151 feet above the ground. Rotation completes every 72 minutes. Voted as the most romantic restaurant.  

Price:

Minimum food purchase of $75 each person. $40 for children from 4 to 12 years of age. 2 course menu $75, 3 course menu $90

Hours:

Open daily

Lunch: 11.30 am – 3 pm

Dinner: 4.30 pm – 10 pm

Location:

360. The restaurant at the CN Tower

290 Bremner Blvd. 

Toronto, ON M5V 3L9

Contact:

Phone: (416) 922-6647

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.onoirtoronto.com

Tip #15: Snakes and Lattes

Snakes and Lattes Toronto
Image credit: Snakes and Lattes Toronto

Snakes and Lattes is the first and biggest board game bar and restaurant in North America. The headquarter is the 2010 opened Annex Toronto location. The concept by Ben Castanie and Aurelia Peynet expanded successfully and is operating three Toronto and five US venues. Guests can choose from 1000 to 3000 games (depending on the location) and can spend as much time in the restaurant as they like. 

The menu offers a good variety of Canadian comfort food, like Flatbreads, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Reuben Sandwiches or Mac&Cheese. For the sweet tooth Sundays and Milkshakes are offered on the dessert menu. The restaurant features great options for vegans. Beer, Cocktails and Drink specials are featured. 

Board Games and food in a fun environment, interacting with other people while eating, drinking and playing, is the concept of the good sized restaurant space, which seats up to 450 people (depending on location). That makes it perfect for events. Private rooms are available for birthday parties. Trivia, karaoke and themed nights with special menus are published on their webpage. Snakes and Lattes is definitely one of the coolest restaurants in Toronto!

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Very good vegetarian and vegan options.

Speciality:

Board Game venue with Canadian comfort food.

Price:

Game fee is $10.

Burgers and sandwiches starting $15.

Soup of the day $8.

Other meals starting $13.

Shakes and Sundays starting $8.

Kids foods available for $5 and $6.

Hours:

Annex: 

Mo – Thur: 4 pm – 11 pm

Fri – Sat: 1 pm – 1 am 

Sun: 1 pm – 11 pm 

 

College: 

Mo – Thur: 4 pm – 11 pm

Fri – Sat: 1 pm – 1 am 

Sun: 11 am – 11 pm 

 

Midtown:

Mo – Thur: 4 pm – 11 pm

Fri – Sat: 1 pm – 1 am 

Sun: 1 pm – 11 pm

Location:

Annex: 

600 Bloor St W

Toronto, ON, M6G 1K4

 

College: 

489 College St

Toronto, ON, M6G 1A5

 

Midtown:

45 Eglinton Ave E

Toronto, ON, M4P 1G6

Contact:

Annex: 

Phone: (647) 342-9229

Email: [email protected]

 

College: 

Phone: (647) 342-9229

Email: [email protected]

 

Midtown: 

Phone: (647) 342-9229

Email: [email protected]

 

Webpage: https://www.snakesandlattes.com

Our selection of restaurants is based, among other things, on the editorial team’s individual preferences and on reviews on the internet. Please contact the respective provider directly for information on reservations and prices. The pictures come from the restaurants listed. All Information is provided without guarantee!


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