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First Look: Rob Bragagnolo’s Campo Food Hall opens at King and Spadina

Toronto has suddenly joined the global food hall trend and Rob Bragagnolo (Carver) is one of the leaders of this revolution with Campo, recently opened at King and Spadina.
January 18, 2018

First Look: The Civic is the showpiece restaurant inside the Broadview Hotel

Eastside restaurant veterans John Sinopoli and Erik Joyal (Ascari Enoteca, Gare de L’Est Brasserie) have been quite busy over the past little while. They built four kitchens in the span of a year, half of them are in the Broadview Hotel, where the duo manages the entire food program from the café to the rooftop patio to the hotel restaurant, The Civic.
January 15, 2018

First Look: Amano Pasta, one of Union Station’s first new restaurants has opened

The main space at Amano Pasta is a full service sit down restaurant that seats 56 and serves lunch and dinner. Commuters can watch pasta being made in the kitchen that faces the York Concourse. If you’re looking for breakfast or a quick snack, the café offers fresh sandwiches and pastries, as well as Propeller coffee and alcoholic beverages.
January 11, 2018

First Look: Temaki and sake are in the spotlight at Omai

Omai is a new Japanese temaki and sake bar on Baldwin Street from Edward Bang and Jason Ching.
January 08, 2018

First Look: Alberta’s CRAFT Beer Market brings their 160-deep beer selection to Yonge and Adelaide

Taps are pouring at the first Ontario location of CRAFT Beer Market. Originally from Calgary, the two-storey restaurant has set up shop at Yonge and Adelaide.
December 12, 2017

First Look: Patrick Kriss’s Spadina restaurant family expands with the opening of Aloette

Chef Patrick Kriss, the man behind Alo, one of Toronto (and arguably Canada’s) hottest restaurants, has opened Aloette at Queen and Spadina. You’ll be glad to know you won’t have to wait months for a reservation because the new sister restaurant operates on a “first come, first served” basis.
December 05, 2017

First Look: Toronto gets a taste of neo-Neapolitan pizza

As of today, Toronto has a new downtown source for pizza with a niche, Naples-meets-New-York pedigree.
December 01, 2017

First Look: Mary Be Kitchen brings whole food and coffee to Yonge and St. Clair

Midtown has a new restaurant dishing up “soul food”. No, not the jerk chicken or stewed oxtail variety but “whole food for the soul.” A lawyer and sometime food blogger Sarah Huggins and her partner are behind the new Mary Be, located at Yonge and St. Clair.
November 27, 2017

First Look: Cheesecake Factory gives diehard fans a local outpost at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Whether overtly or just secretly, Torontonians are buzzing with excitement for The Cheesecake Factory’s Canadian debut at Yorkdale Mall on November 21, 2017.
November 21, 2017

First Look: Howard Dubrovsky returns to Toronto restaurants with Bar Sybanne

It seems Toronto restaurateurs are still enamored with Mediterranean cuisine and Ossington Avenue. The latest addition is Bar Sybanne in the former home of Yours Truly, near the intersection with Dundas West.
November 13, 2017

First Look: Poor Romeo is an all-American snack bar with craft beer on Gerrard East

Gerrard East has become a hot spot in the east end for new restaurants with up-and-coming chefs. Andy Wilson, executive chef of Pinkerton’s Snack Bar (an anchor on the strip) is now a first-time restaurateur with Poor Romeo, just across the street.
November 02, 2017

First Look: Bacchanal has all the elements of an old-school French bistro

Luke Donato, executive chef and co-owner of the newly opened Bacchanal, is no stranger to fine dining. He graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City and worked in some of Toronto’s finest restaurants such as North 44, Ortolan and most recently as sous chef at Campagnolo.
October 31, 2017

First Look: Blue Blood Steakhouse completes the vintage picture for Casa Loma

Liberty Entertainment Group’s answer is Blue Blood, a steakhouse which includes a stunning bar and lounge (in Casa Loma's Oak Room & Smoking Lounge) and lavish dining room (in the Billiard Room).
October 30, 2017

First Look: Little Italy’s favourite Thai joint is now Shanee, a café and bar

Soi Thai, the restaurant that brought Thai food to Little Italy is now a café by day and bar by night. Shanee, from owners Nopphawan (Sherry) Lertchaiprasert Papa and Pablito Papa came out of a “changing demographic” in a neighbourhood that is “full of bars targeting a younger demographic,” says Sherry.
October 12, 2017

First Look: Northern Maverick opens with a deep list of craft beer and Mark Cutrara in the kitchen

Northern Maverick, owned by Jason Kaptyn and with Mark Cutrara in the kitchen and Andrew Crowder leading the brewing team, opened its doors at Bathurst and Adelaide in late September.
October 05, 2017

First Look: Annabelle from the Lil’ Baci team offers fresh pasta on Davenport

Annabelle Pasta Bar, the newest addition to the family has opened just around the corner from BOB.
September 29, 2017

First Look: Owner of popular Argentinian food truck opens Ama on Queen West

Sebastian Gallucci is no stranger to Toronto’s dining scene – it’s in his blood. His father, Sam Gallucci opened Toronto’s first Argentinian restaurant, Martin Fierro on College Street back in the 1970s. He’s blazed through the streets with his food truck, Che, and Ama is the continuation of his journey in bringing the “love and culture from Argentina to Toronto.”
September 18, 2017

First Look: Armenian food gets its turn in the spotlight at Mayrik on Bayview

Mayrik is Bayview’s new restaurant serving up Balkan and Caucasian cuisine with a focus on Armenian, Greek and Lebanese recipes. The restaurant is an homage to chef Seb Yacoubian’s mother, who passed away in a car accident.
September 14, 2017

First Look: Mister Frenchy gives the Danforth a taste of Lyonnaise street food

Founders Youcef Boudouh and Mohamed Bordo are the first to bring a particular brand of French street food — born in big city suburbs mostly from North African immigrants — to Toronto.
September 11, 2017

First Look: In the Rec Room Toronto gets 40,000 square feet of interactive games and food to match

In a prime location across from the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Rogers Centre, the Rec Room has 40,000 square feet of interactive games, restaurants and live entertainment. The Rec Room’s biggest draw is The Yard, a grown up mid-way featuring over 90 games.
August 24, 2017