Hot new restaurants opening in Toronto this month

Plus the Annex Food Hall on the way, Rag Doll Eatery opens at Yonge & Eglinton and Nota Bene's last service


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Fried chicken bao at Grand Bizarre Supper Club

big opens

Little Italy gets a huge new Italian restaurant with the arrival of 3,600-sq-ft GARRISON CREEK (760 College St.). Head chef Dino Cordileone takes traditional recipes and makes them his own. (Why not give the gnocchi poutine a try?) There’s also an extensive ravioli menu featuring fillings from lobster and mascarpone to Nordic shrimp and mango to braised rabbit and porcini mushrooms. Time to settle into a nice carb coma.

Bayview welcomes GOA (2901 Bayview Ave.) where Hemant Bhagwani showcases his meticulously researched Portuguese-influenced Indian coastal cuisine. Bhagwani also presents GOOD KARMA at Fairview Mall (1800 Sheppard Ave. E.), which serves up healthy plant-forward salads, curries and kebabs. 

In the spot that formely housed Noorden at Yonge and Manor road comes ’80s and ’90s rock -themed RAG DOLL EATERY (2110 Yonge St.), midtown’s new hip hangout with a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu of “healthy comfort food.”  

foodie finds

Starting this month, the Food Dudes present GRAND BIZARRE SUPPER CLUB (15 Saskatchewan Rd.), a weekly interactive dinner series of epic proportions. Think performance art, live music and global cuisine. The menu promises to be on the outrageous side, with options like a nitrogen sundae bar.

A wobbly flapjack wonder called FUWA FUWA (2471 Yonge St.) has opened at Yonge and Eg. With an entirely new menu, the location offers chocolate-centric selections like the creamy Oreo pancakes and matcha white chocolate pancakes with mochi.

Yonge and Wellesley’s new Eurasian bakery 7 BAKER (3 Wellesley St. W.) makes traditional European bread and pastries infused with Asian flavours to create unique treats like charcoal salted egg yolk buns and matcha croissants.

coming soon

We’re still eagerly awaiting TORA  (3401 Dufferin St.), a new sushi concept from the people at Miku. Look for the Yorkdale opening in early 2019.

While we don’t have a name or a chef yet, the new venture (second floor of 88 Avenue Rd.) will be a high end edomae-style sushi restaurant backed by Shoushin’s silent partner.

CASA LA PALMA (849 Dundas St. W.), from La Palma’s Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison, is coming soon to the space just above the Californian fave. 

We’re also keeping careful watch over the upcoming ANNEX FOOD HALL (384 Bloor St. W.). When will it open? Which vendors will be the first to move in? Rumours say January is looking good, but rest assured we’ll keep you in the loop.

Toronto’s all fired-up for Argentine-style open-flame grilling. Executive chef Romain Avril (Le Societé and Lavelle) aims high, with the world’s largest Argentine-inspired grill at NERUDA (1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E.), where he cooks up Latin, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired eats. 

sad to see you go

We say a sad farewell to Matty Matheson’s first restaurant, PARTS AND LABOUR. There’s still time to scarf one more P&L burger and join a sweaty dance party in the basement before it closes forever.

Céilí COTTAGE, the fine purveyor of Celtic pub fare from oyster shucking champ Patrick McMurray, shuttered last month after a decade of service.  

After 17 seasons (which makes this place 90 in Toronto-restaurant years) FLIP TOSS AND THAI on Harbord Street closes its doors.

This month also sees NOTA BENE’s final service on N.Y.E. But out of the ashes of this closing comes the phoenix of David Lee’s exciting new PLANTA concept. 

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