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First Look: Jen Agg moves into Kensington with Grey Gardens

Jen Agg, the well-known restaurateur who won Toronto diners over with the Black Hoof, has added Grey Gardens in Kensington Market to her restaurant empire.
March 20, 2017

First Look: Pinky’s Ca Phe features Leemo Han’s take on Vietnamese bar food

Of all his restaurant projects, Pinky’s is the one that Han says he would be a regular diner at. “I don’t want to bastardize the food,” says Han who is taking Vietnamese flavours and refining them.
March 14, 2017

First Look: Monte Wan adds Bang Sue Bar to the new Khao San Road

Khao San Road is back and this time, there’s a 50-seat bar on the second floor. Bang Sue, the bar’s moniker, is a nod to Bangkok’s main train station.
March 07, 2017

First Look: Tabülè adds a location at Bayview Village to their growing family business

Their latest opened inside Bayview Village just a few weeks ago and is drawing on established Tabülè favourites with a few new twists.
February 16, 2017

First Look: Toronto gets an outpost of Montreal’s Mochica

Mochica, a Toronto outpost of one of Montreal’s Peruvian restaurants, now occupies the space at 614 College St. The address, near Bathurst, had been home to Pisco 1641.
February 14, 2017

First Look: Hemant Bhagwani expands to the Junction with Leela

Hemant Bhagwani, one of Toronto’s leading restaurateurs and the man who has taken Indian cuisine in several directions, has opened his newest project, Leela Indian Food Bar, in the Junction. It took over the former Avec Panache spot.
February 02, 2017

First Look: Sabai Sabai finds a new home on Bloor East

Sabai Sabai has entered into its second incarnation with a move to the Yonge and Bloor area, a doubling of their capacity and a renewed focus on Laotian hospitality and preparations.
January 31, 2017

First Look: Pair of friends open Brothers to offer casual and graceful dining above Bay Station

Chris White and Jon Nicolau have been working on developing the idea for Brothers — in the end, it needed to be "casual and graceful and nice and in the centre of the city” — almost from the time they met.
January 24, 2017

First Look: Forno Cultura adds grab-and-go location at First Canadian Place

Forno Cultura, an authentic Italian bakery, has opened in First Canadian Place. Andrea Mastrandrea established the brand in April 2013 with a large production-and-retail space on King West near Portland.
January 19, 2017

First Look: Team that includes celebrity chef David Rocco opens Oretta on King West

After months of waiting and many teaser photos on Instagram, Oretta has finally opened its doors at 633 King St. W. The power trio behind the restaurant includes Food Network celebrity chef David Rocco, restaurateur Salvatore Mele (who also owns Capocaccia Trattoria in Summerhill) and executive chef Christian Fontolan.
January 16, 2017

First Look: Robbie Hojilla lands at Lake Inez, a restaurant by the team behind The Wren

Lake Inez has a rotating, all-Ontario craft beer list, that flows from their 24 draught lines that run through the mosaic’s façade. The pan-Asian flavours are reflective of both Chef Hojilla's Filipino background and influences from cuisines he loves like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean, which are complemented by the use of seasonal North American ingredients to bring his personal touch to the table.
January 05, 2017

First Look: Otto's Bierhalle opens as the second venture from the team behind Kensington's döner spot

From the owners of Otto’s Berlin Döner comes Otto’s Bierhalle, which is a casual, German restaurant in the former Bristol space on Queen West.
January 02, 2017

Top ten food and restaurant stories of 2016

For diners, Toronto is one of the best cities in the world. We are a diverse, multicultural lot and our restaurant industry has grown to the point where top talent no longer flees state-side when they hit it big.
January 02, 2017

First Look: Pho Vistro aims to shift the pho focus from hearty to healthy

A trio of intellectual, first-time restaurateurs have come together to launch Pho Vistro, a new Vietnamese restaurant on Queen West, and they have focused on a “clean eating” concept.
December 29, 2016

First Look: Cadillac Jenkins is a new Caribbean snack bar on Queen West

Tyrone Gale is the owner of Cadillac Jenkins, Queen West’s newest Caribbean snack bar.
December 13, 2016

First Look: Baro picks up where Valdez left off

Almost six months to the day since Valdez closed its doors, chef Steve Gonzalez and the team are back. They've moved just a hop, skip and jump from the former digs on King West and opened Baro (or Valdez 2.0) in a 15,000 square-foot space spread over four floors.
December 09, 2016

First Look: Doma takes over longstanding restaurant address on Clinton

Kim hopes to recreate Korean flavours using local ingredients at his new restaurant, Doma, on Clinton.
December 05, 2016

First Look: Pai Market makes Nuit Regular’s Northern Thai food an option for lunch

Now, some of their favourite flavours are available from a daily lunch counter in a newly expanded section of their Duncan Street restaurant, which is also available for private rental in the evening.
November 29, 2016

First Look: Superpoint is pizza, eclectic eats and wine by Jonathan Poon and Jesse Fader

Superpoint is Jesse Fader and Jonathan Poon’s new wine bar on Ossington. that focuses on pizza, casual Italian fare and a wine program which will please wine geeks.
November 22, 2016

First Look: Food writer Amy Rosen's first restaurant, Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns

Amy Rosen is a James Beard nominated, award-winning freelance journalist and former food editor at Chatelaine and House & Home magazines. She’s also a cookbook author. her first Toronto Cooks was published in 2014 and her next one, Toronto Eats is slated for a fall release in 2017. With the opening of Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns she added restaurateur to the list of titles.
November 22, 2016