Friday Restaurant Recap: Ryoji, Prairie Girl Bakery, A-OK Foods, Chop, Sukhothai, Oddseoul, Scarpetta
By Freya Hammond-Williams
Friday Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: ramen for Queen West and Little Italy, cupcakes for Yorkville, a new chef de cuisine for Scarpetta and more.
- Toronto’s ramen craze shows no signs of letting up with Ryoji, a Japanese brand that’s set to open soon in Little Italy.
- Cupcakes continue to take over the city’s sweeter side as Prairie Girl Bakery announces plans to expand to Yorkville by early 2013.
- Toronto will expand its ever-growing food truck fleet early next year with Kung Fu Taco, an Asian fusion truck featuring the likes of grouper tacos, banh mi sliders, rice noodle burritos and spicy pork and kimchi poutine. [BlogTO]
- Matt Pettit, pop-up creator-turned-restaurateur, will make his restaurant debut on Saturday, opening Rock Lobster Food Co. on Ossington. [The Grid]
- The Han brothers of Swish by Han are finally ready to unveil their long-awaited Oddseoul, which begins its soft opening tonight. [Twitter]
- A new location of Sukhothai, at Wellington and Church, is set to open on Monday. [Toronto Life]
- Leslieville’s much-anticipated new restaurant, Skin+Bones, opened earlier this week.
- The team behind Yours Truly has opened a new ramen and snack-based restaurant, A-OK Foods, on Queen West. [Toronto Life]
- Sabai Sabai Kitchen, the new Thai restaurant with a menu from chef Nuit Regular (Khao San Road), has begun its soft opening. [Facebook]
- Take a minute to grab a steak on your way out of town: Chop Steakhouse Bar, a Canadian chain, has opened its first GTA location near the airport. [Chop Steakhouse Bar]
- Rose and Sons, the new venture from chef Anthony Rose (The Drake Hotel), is now open for brunch. [Rose and Sons]
- After five years, Riverside’s Loïc Gourmet is set to close in December.
- Keriwa Cafe is bringing back regular hours and an a la carte menu after giving a $300 tasting menu a shot. [The Grid]
- Perl’s Meat and Delicatessen, a Toronto fixture until it burnt to the ground in 2006, is starting to make its comeback. Meat products from Perl’s are now available in a variety of grocery stores, with plans to expand to Costco, Sobeys, Loblaws and the like. [Jewish Tribune]
- Toronto’s Scarpetta has announced that Gaetano Ferrara has replaced Michael Hunter as chef de cuisine.