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September 2012

Chef & Me: autumn romance in Niagara-on-the-Lake

09/28/12

Chef & Me: autumn romance in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Autumn has always been a favourite season of mine. A time of apple crisp and pea coats with collars turned up, the months preceding the first day of snow are ones that I like to relish at a lazy pace, often from the comfort of my living room window watching the leaves fall. For Chef though — and consequently for me it seems — September and October constitute harvest season, i.e. massive work months.

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First Look: Gangster Burger, a new indie hamburger joint on Queen West

09/28/12

First Look: Gangster Burger, a new indie hamburger joint on Queen West

What do you get when two guys from the tattoo industry with a can-do attitude — but zero experience in the food industry — decide to open a burger joint pretty much on a lark? You get Gangster Burger, a takeout spot that opened up two weeks ago at Queen and Portland. Among its first customers was rap star Drake.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a crisp Aligoté that’s a nice change of pace from Chardonnay

09/28/12

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a crisp Aligoté that’s a nice change of pace from Chardonnay

If you’re looking for a change from Chardonnay, try another Burgundian grape variety called Aligoté. Only this Aligoté is grown in our backyard — at Château des Charmes in Niagara. Its 2010 Aligoté is a pale lemon colour with an earthy, apple and peach bouquet and a citrus note. The wine is medium-bodied, crisply dry, full on the palate and mouth-filling.

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First Look: Dr. Augusta’s Samitorium, Kensington Market’s new gourmet sandwich shop

09/27/12

First Look: Dr. Augusta’s Samitorium, Kensington Market’s new gourmet sandwich shop

After meeting some six years ago as cooks at Canoe, Chris Bobbitt and Vlad Vujovic often spoke about opening up their own sandwich shop. “We came up with the idea over many tasting menus and plenty of beers,” laughs Bobbitt. Now, six years later, Dr. Augusta’s Samitorium is just what they’d envisioned. Taking over a corner lot at the edge of Kensington Market, the black-and-white tiled space offers up a tight, sandwich-laden menu.

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First Draught: a German wheat beer from the world’s oldest brewery

09/27/12

First Draught: a German wheat beer from the world’s oldest brewery

The best way to win bar bets with non-Germans this week is probably by making a wager as to which month most of Oktoberfest takes place. The two-week Bavarian beer-fest has already started, having opened on Saturday to take advantage of sunnier days and milder nights. So, to celebrate Oktoberfest, we’re taking a look at the Kristall Weissbier from Weihenstephan, which bills itself as the world’s oldest brewery.

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Chef Matthew Sullivan is heading up the menu at Skin and Bones, an upcoming Leslieville restaurant

09/26/12

Chef Matthew Sullivan is heading up the menu at Skin and Bones, an upcoming Leslieville restaurant

Since leaving his gig as executive chef at Maléna and L'Unità, chef Matthew Sullivan has been focusing his energy on Boxed, his pop-up concept. But we’ve now found out that he’s been appointed as chef at an upcoming Leslieville restaurant called Skin and Bones. Details are scarce, but we do know that it’s going to be a large, wine-focused restaurant set inside of a historic warehouse.

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Bent

09/26/12

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Bent

A family business is a very complicated creature. The older generation desperately wants the younger generation to succeed. The younger generation desperately wants the older generation out of their face, but they know (some days) that they need them. The older generation wants to trust the younger to do well and do right, but trust isn’t usually an entrepreneur’s strong suit … so they meddle. And if they’re Susur Lee, they meddle deliciously.

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First Look: the Hula Girl espresso truck, Toronto’s new mobile coffee bar

09/26/12

First Look: the Hula Girl espresso truck, Toronto’s new mobile coffee bar

While other food trucks compete for the food market, Elias Vastis and his Hula Girl truck are concentrating on dessert and beverages — especially the ones that involve coffee.

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Drink This: Campagnolo’s Viuda Blanca

09/26/12

Drink This: Campagnolo’s Viuda Blanca

Occupying an unassuming corner lot on Dundas West, Campagnolo is one of the neighbourhood’s go-to joints for Italian fare. Outfitted with wooden accents, terra cotta tiles and a chandelier or two, the restaurant fills tables with folks eager to gobble down goods from the ever-changing menu.

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The Hogtown Cure is opening this fall as a locavore-friendly deli and café in Little Portugal

09/25/12

The Hogtown Cure is opening this fall as a locavore-friendly deli and café in Little Portugal

West-enders are about to get a new purveyor of locally-sourced deli meat, produce and grab-and-go grub. Chris Schroer and Steve Ireson, along with another business partner, have just signed a lease at 1484 Dundas West and hope to open The Hogtown Cure as a deli and café by mid-November.

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Soul survivor: a profile of chef Francisco Alejandri

09/25/12

Soul survivor: a profile of chef Francisco Alejandri

At the end of August, Francisco Alejandri cleared out the remnants of his tiny food stand from Kensington Market. He didn’t have much equipment there to begin with — some portable burners, a food processor, a small deep fryer — but the process wasn’t easy. He was heartbroken. He had been running Agave y Aguacate there for nearly two years, an operation widely considered to have provided the best Mexican food in the city.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: Olliffe’s roast beef sandwich

09/25/12

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: Olliffe’s roast beef sandwich

After 35 years in the butcher biz, Olliffe knows what it’s doing. Owners Sam and Ben Gundy oversee Summerhill’s purveyor of top-notch meats, while head butcher Erica Jamieson — recently the subject of a Maclean’s piece — helps run the team of butchers. A complete reno three years ago freed up more space for the wide selection of meat, which includes Ontario elk, Quebecois Cornish hen and Australia Wagyu beef.

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Guy Rawlings is opening an event space and “food lab” in the west end

09/24/12

Guy Rawlings is opening an event space and “food lab” in the west end

Chef Guy Rawlings, who has spent time in kitchens such as Cowbell, Lucien and, most recently, Bellwoods Brewery, is opening a food-centric event space in the west end. Rawlings piqued curiosity over the weekend by tweeting that he had signed a lease for a new project.

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Sabai Sabai Kitchen is opening soon on Church Street, offering Thai food from chef Nuit Regular

09/24/12

Sabai Sabai Kitchen is opening soon on Church Street, offering Thai food from chef Nuit Regular

Here’s news for the legions of Sukhothai and Khao San Road fans: chef Nuit Regular is going to be heading up the menu at a new Thai restaurant on Church Street called Sabai Sabai Kitchen.

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After 18 years, Ambassador Chinese Cuisine calls it quits

09/24/12

After 18 years, Ambassador Chinese Cuisine calls it quits

One of GTA’s best-loved Chinese restaurants closed its doors for the last time yesterday, after nearly two decades in business. Richmond Hill’s Ambassador Chinese Cuisine confirmed the closure on its website and over the phone, but no reason has yet been given.

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Cheap Eat of the Week: El Trompo’s weekend pozole

09/24/12

Cheap Eat of the Week: El Trompo’s weekend pozole

Brisk weather is always a perfect excuse to get back into the hot, warm comfort foods that, for some reason, seem to go out of fashion during the warmer months. Mexican pozole is one such dish: hearty and soulful to the very last spoonful.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a light and fresh Riesling that’s a great match for Asian cuisine

09/21/12

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a light and fresh Riesling that’s a great match for Asian cuisine

Süssreserve is grape juice that is added to wine after it has been fermented to add a touch of sweetness, a traditional practice in Germany. This wine is straw coloured with a greenish tint. The nose is honey and citrus fruits.

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First Draught: Cameron’s Rye Pale Ale

09/20/12

First Draught: Cameron’s Rye Pale Ale

Until four or five years ago, the only grain used to brew beer was barley. Alright, obviously that’s not true. Beer has been made with wheat for centuries (especially in places like Germany and Belgium) but it wasn’t until recently that wheat beers found a place in the North American spotlight. Now it’s rye’s turn to make a place for itself on the list of cereals that are used to make beer.

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Smoke BBQ House is bringing southern-style cooking to Harbord and Manning

09/20/12

Smoke BBQ House is bringing southern-style cooking to Harbord and Manning

Smoke BBQ House is looking to bring some down-home, southern-style barbecue to Toronto when it opens at 536 Manning this October. Led by owner Francesco Grandi and executive chef Tony Gallippi, the new joint will also feature some creative twists.

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David Chang is apparently a playlist tyrant, for realsies

09/19/12

David Chang is apparently a playlist tyrant, for realsies

The wait is over. The first Canadian outpost of chef David Chang’s Momofuku empire opened today and a mean bowl of ramen isn’t the only thing Torontonians should be anticipating. Beyond notable fare, the chef recently told Australian Gourmet Traveller that the music selection is another memorable feature of his international set of restaurants, and he should know — Chang creates the unique playlists for each of his restaurants himself.

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Stack

09/19/12

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Stack

Uptown’s answer to Roncy’s Barque Smokehouse … isn’t. Funny (to me) how popular Stack became the second it opened in the spring. So don’t show up without a reservation at prime time unless you want to wait.

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First Look: 25 Liberty, the latest addition to the Liberty Village neighbourhood

09/19/12

First Look: 25 Liberty, the latest addition to the Liberty Village neighbourhood

After months of serious renovation and a bright new facelift, 25 Liberty has opened on the busy corner of Liberty Street and Atlantic Avenue. The airy and open restaurant hopes to distinguish itself from what was there before — Liberty Bistro — with a predominately grey colour scheme and pops of colour from orange leather banquettes.

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Drink This: Weslodge Saloon’s Streetcar

09/19/12

Drink This: Weslodge Saloon’s Streetcar

Weslodge, a recent addition to the King West restaurant strip, is the work of club kings Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji. Known individually for their fervid approach to décor — La Société’s hand-tiled floor comes to mind — the pair paid no less heed to this latest project. Done up to the nines in taxidermy and tufted banquettes, this is the sort of place where one can spy on suits shrugging off the workday and clutches of single ladies sipping on classic libations.

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The Danforth is about to undergo a slider revolution

09/18/12

The Danforth is about to undergo a slider revolution

It looks like Greektown is getting a new addition. Three’s Company Catering and Cafe at 673 Danforth has closed, and it’s making way for Slider Revolution.

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First Look: Tallboys, a new west-end craft beer bar

09/18/12

First Look: Tallboys, a new west-end craft beer bar

This has been the summer of craft beer bars in Toronto: Bar Hop opened on King West, Indie Alehouse is set to open in the Junction, and Bloorcourt Village now has Tallboys Craft Beer House.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: Café Plenty’s tuna niçoise

09/18/12

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: Café Plenty’s tuna niçoise

Inspired by the café scenes in London and Paris, Café Plenty is a slice of Europe in the heart of Toronto. Owner Melissa Patterson’s charming spot aims to satiate lunchgoers’ craving for good, honest food, tempting the hungered with freshly made salads, tartes, galettes and sandwiches.

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Spice up your life with Crescendo, a new spice store

09/17/12

Spice up your life with Crescendo, a new spice store

Toronto is about to get oiled up and spice-rubbed down. The German-based company, Crescendo, opened two locations this month in Davisville and the Distillery District, bringing unique and high-quality oils, vinegars and spices to Hogtown.

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First Look: I Went to Philly, a steak sandwich sanctuary on Yonge Street

09/17/12

First Look: I Went to Philly, a steak sandwich sanctuary on Yonge Street

Last year, the Stevenson family went on a trip to Philly. When they came back, husband Jack Stevenson quit his long-time job in car sales. Wife Julie Stevenson decided to venture into the world of business after being a housewife and raising three now-grown kids. And sons Frankie and Peter went to work for mom and dad’s new family business full time.

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First Look: Sansotei Ramen, the latest player in Toronto’s Japanese noodle scene

09/17/12

First Look: Sansotei Ramen, the latest player in Toronto’s Japanese noodle scene

Toronto’s ramen scene is getting serious. First there was Aji Sai and Kenzo, then Guu and Kinton Ramen. Joining the fray any day now will be Momofuku Noodle Bar, hailing from NYC, and Raijin, representing Vancouver. And it would be amiss to overlook Sansotei Ramen, which nearly slipped under the radar, having opened a few weeks ago to little fanfare or announcement (we blame TIFF).

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Cheap Eat of the Week: a traditional poutine — layered with extra cheese curds — from Poutini’s

09/17/12

Cheap Eat of the Week: a traditional poutine — layered with extra cheese curds — from Poutini’s

It’s a classic, recurring problem. A dilemma, even. One that’s as enduring as Coke versus Pepsi or Mac versus PC. A predicament that we’ve all faced around midnight, as the hunger pangs or munchies increase while wandering down West Queen West, desperation beginning to set in: Poutini’s or Smokes?

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First Look: Seven Lives, a new Mexican spot in Kensington Market

09/14/12

First Look: Seven Lives, a new Mexican spot in Kensington Market

A few weeks back, we broke the news that the beloved Kensington Market stall, Agave Y Aguacate, had shuttered its doors. Fortunately, those hankering for more Mexican fare didn’t have to wait long for their fix: Seven Lives, offering up So-Cal and Tijuana-style grub, has just set up camp in its place.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: Martín Códax  Albariño 2010

09/14/12

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: Martín Códax Albariño 2010

This wine comes from the Rias Baixas region of Spain that neighbours Portugal’s Vinho Verde area. It’s straw in colour with an aromatic nose backed by mineral notes. The flavour is all peaches and melons with a spicy twang and a long, crisply dry finish. This wine is medium bodied and very satisfying.

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First Draught: A sister beer for the stormy Tempest from Amsterdam Brewery

09/13/12

First Draught: A sister beer for the stormy Tempest from Amsterdam Brewery

Toronto's Amsterdam Brewery announced the big news this week that they're moving the bulk of their brewing operations to a new facility in Leaside and will be opening a 900-seat restaurant next spring. The retail spaces in both the uptown production facility and the upcoming waterfront brew pub will feature more room for experimental beers like our subject this week, Calm Before the Storm.

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First Look: Johnny Jackson, a new cool and casual nightspot in Little Italy

09/12/12

First Look: Johnny Jackson, a new cool and casual nightspot in Little Italy

“We’ll get them drunk, and then we’ll feed them!” laughs Rick Cowan, co-owner of Johnny Jackson, Little Italy’s most recent nightlife addition. Joined by Arthur Kinney, the biz partners have done their rounds in the city’s bar scene for a fistful of years. Now intent on offering something different to the area’s barflies, the pair aims to be an unpretentious addition to the landscape. “We’re not going to pretend we’re fancy chefs,” notes Cowan. “We just want to serve the good stuff.”

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Drink This: Church Aperitivo Bar’s Cain & Abel

09/12/12

Drink This: Church Aperitivo Bar’s Cain & Abel

Sitting pretty in a former Slavic Pentecostal church, the aptly named Church Aperitivo Bar has been wooing west end cocktail enthusiasts since opening this past February. With its lengthy bar and cavernous feel, owner Sandra Cassaro has maintained the sanctity of the space, offering up a daily selection of Italian antipasti and stuzzichini to those who pop in for a drink.

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First Look: Stuft, taking street meat to new heights

09/11/12

First Look: Stuft, taking street meat to new heights

Food trucks, we were told, would take Toronto's street food to the promised land of culinary diversity beyond the hot dog cart. The rules of self-referential irony demand that at least one of those trucks tips its hat to what came before by serving an advanced version of the hot dog. With their custom-blend sausages and homemade sauces stuffed into a toasted bun, Stuft is just that truck.

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First Look: Doppio Zero, a new Neapolitan pizza joint and Italian eatery on Eglinton

09/11/12

First Look: Doppio Zero, a new Neapolitan pizza joint and Italian eatery on Eglinton

Open for just over a week, Doppio Zero marks chef-owner Nick D’Elia’s return to his old Forest Hill stomping grounds. After manning the Italian side of the ‘hood for some 20 years with eateries including Sette Mezzo, D’Elia took a bit of a sabbatical and headed north. Opening Woodbridge’s Market Lane Pizzeria, it wasn’t long before he felt Eglinton West’s pull once again. “I decided to claim rightly what was mine,” he laughs.

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Toronto's Best Sandwiches: the curry chicken salad sandwich from The Federal

09/11/12

Toronto's Best Sandwiches: the curry chicken salad sandwich from The Federal

Since opening back in March, The Federal has become a well-known destination for the west end brunch crowd. Matching a homey interior with comforting grub, the eatery is the creation of friends Zach Slootsky, Duncan MacNeill, Joe Zabukovec and Adam Janes—most of whom still work other gigs on the side.

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Little Italy readies itself for more meh coffee

09/10/12

Little Italy readies itself for more meh coffee

If youʼre invested in the ʻbuy local' movement - or just a proud Indie Coffee Passport carrier - grabbing a cup of joe in Little Italy may not be your go-to destination for caffeine refueling anymore. Not only has that Seattle Behemoth opened two spots in the ‘hood, but we’ve also learned that a new Presse Café is setting up shop on College Street.

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Cheap Eat of the Week: a creamy tres leches cake from Playa Cabana

09/10/12

Cheap Eat of the Week: a creamy tres leches cake from Playa Cabana

It’s been over a year since Playa Cabana graced Toronto’s quasi-Yorkville-meets-Annex area of the city (pre Grand Electric and La Carnita, mind you) but it wasn’t until (gulp) a few weeks ago that I finally made the five-minute walking journey to chef Dave Sidhu’s urban plant of a Mexican beach cabana.

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Dlish Cupcakes expands to Yorkville

09/07/12

Dlish Cupcakes expands to Yorkville

Toronto’s dedication to overindulgence continues with news that Queen West’s Dlish Cupcakes will be opening a new location in Yorkville. To celebrate the opening, the shop is creating a new limited edition flavour, and fans are encouraged to make suggestions on Dlish’s Facebook page. Our favourite one so far? Cheeseburger. (But props to the obligatory shout-outs to bacon.) The new shop is slated to open later this month at 848a Yonge Street.

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Walima Cafe moves north; new Moroccan joint opens in its place

09/07/12

Walima Cafe moves north; new Moroccan joint opens in its place

Moroccan favorite Walima Cafe is reopening after moving from its original home on the Danforth to a new location at 1943 Avenue Road. The doors will officially open early next week. East-end residents haven’t left in the dark, either: Sahara Nights Moroccan Lounge has taken over Walima’s old space at 1450 Danforth, offering shisha, kabobs, burgers, sandwiches, desserts and more.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri 2010

09/07/12

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri 2010

Grown on the island of Santorini on vines that date back 50 to 200 years, this wine, made from two local Assyrtiko and Athiri varieties, reminded me of a Viognier. Golden straw in colour, you can smell its volcanic soil behind the melon and citrus aromas. It’s richly extracted, with an unctuous mouth feel and flavours of melon and peach, that finishes dry.

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First Draught: Creemore Springs Altbier

09/06/12

First Draught: Creemore Springs Altbier

Each German city specializes in its own style of beer. Remarkably, most of them are lagers, which to the brewer means beer that’s bottom-fermented at cool temperatures and then kept in cool storage. To the drinker, it means clear and crisp flavours. Düsseldorf’s altbier is a sort of hybrid exception to this rule, so it makes sense that when Creemore Springs decided to brew its first ale, it was an alt. 

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St. Clair West’s Hardys: a Hogtown Brasserie gets smoked

09/06/12

St. Clair West’s Hardys: a Hogtown Brasserie gets smoked

John Hardy wanted to take Toronto by storm. The American expat was confident that he’d make his mark on the city’s barbecue scene; he even opened his restaurant, Hardys: a Hogtown Brasserie, a stone’s throw from barbecue stalwart The Stockyards. One year later, though, the restaurant has closed.

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The Eaton Centre gets some banh mi action

09/06/12

The Eaton Centre gets some banh mi action

After catching word on Twitter that Queen West’s Banh Mi Boys would be opening a second location at the Eaton Centre, we called co-owner David Chau to find out more. He confirmed that a second location is in the works at the Eaton Centre’s Urban Eatery. The best part: while the menu will be largely the same, Chau said there will likely be a few surprises, too. The new location is expected to open early next year.

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The holy ramen empire

09/05/12

The holy ramen empire

Renowned chef David Chang — ever heard of him? — has expanded his Momofuku empire to Toronto. Of course, that’s only news to those who have been living under something decidedly stone-like for the past year. The resultant buzz has turned Toronto’s foodsters into a throng of screaming Bieber girls, but is Momofuku going to revolutionize the city’s restaurant scene? Probably not. It already did that several years ago.

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Drink This: 3030’s Perfect Storm

09/05/12

Drink This: 3030’s Perfect Storm

While the Junction has long been cropped out of Hogtown’s nightlife map, 3030 is here to prove that it’s worth a visit. Under prohibition until as late as 2000, the west-end hood is known as a décor-lovers destination. So when Jeff and Jameson Kelly opened their bar this past May, residents let out a collective whoop. Seeking to become more than just a local watering hole, the joint has plenty of tricks up its sleeve: pinball tourneys, brunch, live music and more. 

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a vegan-friendly “cheeseburger” from Live Food Bar

09/04/12

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a vegan-friendly “cheeseburger” from Live Food Bar

Dupont Street’s Live Food Bar is one of the city’s original havens for vegans. Opened in 2002, the eatery is the work of siblings Jennifer and Chris Italiano, who strive to offer vegan food that appeals to everyone. With menu staples including sushi, Caesar salad and a black bean burrito, it’s easy for non-vegans to pinpoint some normal-sounding items, but veg-lovers can rejoice, having the pick of the litter for once.

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Ossington’s Goed Eten packs it in

09/04/12

Ossington’s Goed Eten packs it in

It’s not too often that one hears of a restaurant closing on the Ossington strip these days, but brunch spot Goed Eten has served its last waffle. A message from Goed Eten’s Twitter account announced the closure, and we also confirmed with a former Eten employee. Owner Johan Maes will apparently concentrate his efforts on his other restaurant, Le Petit Dejeuner.

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Hoof Raw Bar

08/29/12

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Hoof Raw Bar

Since Grant van Gameren hoofed it from The Hoof last year, it’s not been clear whether (now sole) owner Jen Agg has the creative vision to sustain and renew the brand. A mixologist by trade, she was never going to have it easy with the departure of her wunderkind chef/partner. The Black Hoof itself is not, in my view, as fabulous as it was under Grant.

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The Double Deuce Saloon closes; new resto-bar set to open in its place

08/28/12

The Double Deuce Saloon closes; new resto-bar set to open in its place

Queen West dive bar The Double Deuce Saloon has closed, and the venue has new owners who plan to open a bar and restaurant in its place. The bar was opened by The Harbord Room’s Cory Vitiello and his partners in 2009, but it changed hands shortly after. It closed for good about a month ago, and the space’s brand new owners — who officially take over in September — hint that the new venue will feature a “food twist uniquely original to Toronto.”

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