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First Look: Mana’eesh and knaffeh are the Syrian-style specialties at Soufi’s on Queen West

Soufi’s is a new café specializing in Syrian-style mana’eesh, a Levantine flatbread that comes in a variety of toppings, and knaffeh, a cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup. It has taken over the old Come and knaffeh, a cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup). It has taken over the old Come and Get It space just west of Bathurst on Queen West.
August 21, 2017

First Look: Skippa is the new sushi spot on Harbord run by a Kaji alumnus

Skippa, which is Bajan for “skipper” a colloquial for “captain” is an appropriate name for Harbord Street’s new sushi spot. It occupies the space that was formerly the Roxton.
August 17, 2017

First Look: King Taps lands in First Canadian Place with 72 beers on tap

King Taps, the massive beer-focussed restaurant and bar in the financial district is finally open.
August 10, 2017

First Look: b.good opens their fifth GTA location near Yonge and Eg

For a corporate, fast-casual food counter that has aggressively expanded (five locations in the GTA, opened in the last two years), b.good is not afraid of showing their patrons how the proverbial sausage is made. Portraits hang on the wall in their recently opened Yonge and Eglinton outpost of smiling farmers in lush fields.
August 01, 2017

First Look: Kū-kŭm Kitchen combines Indigenous Canadian and French cuisines

Toronto is experiencing a renaissance for indigenous cuisine. The new midtown spot Kū-kŭm Kitchen is just one of the restaurants (along with Nish Dish) to lead that cause.
July 31, 2017

First Look: Wong’s offers a pan-Asian take on ice cream to east-end neighbourhood

Toronto’s love for ice cream lives on, from the charcoal variety to the confection-topped kind we just can’t get enough. Cue Wong’s Ice Cream, located at Gerrard and Broadview.
July 20, 2017

First Look: Copetin by Claudio Aprile opens in the former home of Origin King East

Claudio Aprile wears many hats — that of restaurateur and celebrity chef, to name two. But perhaps a phoenix rising from the ashes is another apt description for the chef who closed both Colborne Lane and Origin and now returns with Copetín at King East and Church.
July 17, 2017

First Look: Café Cancan continues Victor Barry’s affair with Harbord Street

Victor Barry seems to have a love affair with Harbord Street. First, he shuttered Splendido for Piano Piano earlier last year. Now, he’s back with Café Cancan, a French bistro that occupies the former Harbord Room space.
July 10, 2017

First Look: La Palma brings a taste of Venice Beach to Dundas West

Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison, the duo behind Campagnolo have partnered with Mercatto on a new venture called La Palma. It’s in the old Café Brasiliano space across Dundas from their existing restaurant.
July 04, 2017

First Look: Adamson adds Conspiracy Pizza next door to their BBQ operation

Midtown’s newest pizza joint is now in its soft opening phase and doling out 18-inch pizzas ranging from $20 for a plain old cheese pizza to $28 for the brisket pizza. The style of pizza served at Conspiracy is a “New York-Italian hybrid,” says their pizzaiolo, Dan Rios.
June 20, 2017

First Look: The Regulars return to Adelaide to open Kiin

Chef Nuit Regular and her husband, Jeff Regular, have produced hit after hit when it comes to their restaurant empire. From their beginnings at Sukho Thai, Torontonians no doubt have to give thanks that there is good Thai food here.
June 13, 2017

First Look: The Drake Commissary opens in the Junction Triangle next week

The Drake has gone and done it again. Remember when the original Drake Hotel first stepped out on West Queen West, breathing a gigantic culture-y breath into the once-shabby strip? Hard to imagine but true. Well now cometh the Drake Commissary to the Junction Triangle, an up-and-comer of a ‘hood that’s drawing buckets of cool cats thanks to art galleries, breweries and the incoming Museum of Contemporary Art.
June 08, 2017

First Look: Savoury at the Westin Harbour Castle is an intimate dining experience by Corbin Tomaszeski

Corbin Tomaszeski, who has appeared on Restaurant Take-Over, Dinner Party Wars and currently stars on the Food Network’s The Incredible Food Race, partnered with Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle two years ago to oversee their food program.
June 02, 2017

First Look: Wood-fired cooking and a Mediterranean focus on fresh seafood set the tone at Estia

Estia, located in the former NAO Steakhouse space on Avenue Road, is the latest restaurant in the ICONINK collection. When asked why the change of concept was made, Director of Operations Christina Kuypers says “peoples' lifestyles are changing; people are eating out more frequently at places with more diverse offerings.”
May 25, 2017

First Look: The masters of pocket-sized restaurants open Atlas at Av and Dupont

Toronto’s seasoned restaurant duo of chef Doug Penfold and Niall McCotter (Cava and Chabrol) are back with their newest addition to the family. It's called Atlas and is a French-Moroccan restaurant at the corner of Avenue and Dupont.
May 18, 2017

First Look: Prohibition opens a second location in midtown and plans to expand further

Prohibition Gastrohouse, Queen East’s beloved neighborhood gastropub is bringing its “Hooch Hour” to midtown with a new outpost at Yonge and Eglinton.
May 15, 2017

First Look: Birch Bistro opens in Céléstin’s former home on Mount Pleasant

Laurie Hillesheim, long-time industry veteran, and first-time restaurateur has opened Birch Bistro in the old Céléstin spot on Mount Pleasant at the corner of Manor Road. She has enlisted chef Philippe Coeurdassier (formerly of Mogette Bistro) to run the kitchen.
April 27, 2017

First Look: Israel’s Cafe Landwer sets up north of Toronto

Chances are, those who have been to Israel (birthright, anyone?) are familiar with Cafe Landwer. The popular Israeli café, which got its start back in 1919, finally opened its very first Canadian outpost in Vaughan earlier this year.
April 25, 2017

First Look: Liberty Commons from Big Rock and Oliver & Bonacini

Big Rock, Canada’s largest independent craft brewery has teamed up with Oliver & Bonacini, one of Toronto’s best-known restaurant groups to open Liberty Commons in the downtown Liberty Village neighbourhood.
April 18, 2017

First Look: Figures hopes to add an eclectic dash of fun to Yorkville

Figures, a new restaurant is bringing a little fun to Yorkville. The 2,000-square-foot, 80-seat space has been meticulously designed by Prototype Design Lab.
April 06, 2017