April 20, 2014
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Weekly Toronto Restaurant Recap: Wahlburgers, Gourmet Gringos, Hanif Harji, Sam James and more

04/18/14

Weekly Toronto Restaurant Recap: Wahlburgers, Gourmet Gringos, Hanif Harji, Sam James and more

Weekly restaurant recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: the latest from restaurateur Hanif Harji, news about Marky Mark’s Wahlburgers, Gourmet Gringos, Sam James opens another location, and more.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a full-bodied Portuguese wine

04/18/14

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a full-bodied Portuguese wine

Encruzado is a grape grown in Portugal's Dão region.

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First Look: Luckee, a new high-end dim sum restaurant from chef Susur Lee

04/17/14

First Look: Luckee, a new high-end dim sum restaurant from chef Susur Lee

While dim sum will always be a part of Toronto’s collective unconscious, it seems to be having a bit of a moment these days. High-end chefs are getting into it, including the inimitable Susur Lee, who opened his highly anticipated Luckee at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel earlier this month.

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First Draught: A funky beer from Belgium, by way of Toronto’s Bellwoods Brewery

04/17/14

First Draught: A funky beer from Belgium, by way of Toronto’s Bellwoods Brewery

Yeast plays a role in the flavour of every beer, but is probably most noticeable in the recipes that have historic roots in Belgium. Farmhouse ales, including the loosely defined saison style are typical of this characteristic. Bellwoods Brewery on Ossington has a few excellent ones in their lineup including the Farmhouse Classic and the Farmageddon Barrel-Aged Brett Saison.

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Counter Culture: New plans for Mark Wahlberg’s first Toronto Wahlburgers outpost

04/16/14

Counter Culture: New plans for Mark Wahlberg’s first Toronto Wahlburgers outpost

New explansion plans were announced yesterday for Toronto’s first Wahlburgers, a burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg.

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Drink This: the College Streetcar from College Street Bar

04/16/14

Drink This: the College Streetcar from College Street Bar

College Street Bar has been a mainstay of Little Italy for an oh-so-casual 23 years. Known for their Soul Sundays — Hogtown’s longest-running live music show — the space has recently launched a sharing menu to match its laudable cocktail list. Owner and chief bartender Gavin MacMillan, one of Canada’s top 10 mixologists, turns out a number of top tier tipples, but it’s his College Streetcar that takes the cake.

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Counter Culture: Hanif Harji and (possibly) Charles Khabouth ready new Yorkville steakhouse

04/15/14

Counter Culture: Hanif Harji and (possibly) Charles Khabouth ready new Yorkville steakhouse

Some of the busiest restaurateurs in the city have been working away at another new project that should see the light of day this July. Hanif Harji along with Tim Foley and Charles Khabouth will be opening what he describes as an "Asian-inspired steakhouse" in the former location of Boba restaurant at 90 Avenue Road in Yorkville.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the slow-roasted beef brisket from Black Camel

04/15/14

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the slow-roasted beef brisket from Black Camel

After a cruel, too-brief taste of spring, we're back to the melancholy-inducing snow. The answer to the mid-April blues, clearly, is found in one of Black Camel's sandwich offerings. Rosedale's beloved sandwicheria — mere steps from the subway station — has been turning out some of the city's top meat-and-bun combos since 2004.

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Taste Test: Toronto’s Top Spring Salads

04/14/14

Taste Test: Toronto’s Top Spring Salads

This month Grant van Gameren samples eight of uptown’s top spring salads — from classic Italian to an Asian chicken slaw. Find out which greens have enough crunch and creativity to keep him coming back for more.

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Playa Cabana Hacienda

04/14/14

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Playa Cabana Hacienda

The biggest chapter of Playa Cabana fails to impress.

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