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First Look: With an eclectic list of influences, Pokito riffs on the poke concept

Toronto’s poke craze is in full swing, with over half a dozen shops specializing in the Hawaiian style seafood bowls surfacing in the past several months. Pokito on Queen West has joined the mix, but with a spin meant to differentiate their product from the crowd.
November 15, 2016

Four Toronto restaurants that are experiencing a crudo awakening

T.O.’s long-term love affair with sushi has segued into a poké obsession. But Italy’s pesce crudo — the lesser known sibling of carpaccio — is another crushworthy take on raw fish.
November 14, 2016

First Look: Ji opens on St. Clair as a casual cousin for Pukka

St. Clair’s first Indian gastropub, Ji, has opened in the space that was Concession Road until earlier this year. Co-owners Harsh Chawla and Derek Valleau look to Ji — the name is an Indian suffix denoting respect similar to Japan’s –san — as a continuation of Pukka, which means authentic or true.
November 08, 2016

Lunch Pick: Flock’s Frenchy salad delivers an all-in-one meal

The Frenchy number begins with a bed of arugula loaded up with crisp vine beans, roasted cauliflower and a smattering of French lentils.
November 08, 2016

First Look: Jackpot Chicken Rice continues Craig Wong’s chicken connection

Patois was known for its juicy jerk chicken and his newest restaurant, Jackpot Chicken Rice, is an homage to the iconic Hainanese chicken; a dish that was imported to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore by Chinese immigrants.
November 07, 2016

Undiscovered Eats: Navigating through noodles

The last time I counted, there were 88 restaurants in my Chinatown neighbourhood. And that’s not including the side streets.
November 04, 2016

Restaurant Review: Parkdale gets a not so Guu’d izakaya

Hence my excitement when Guu, the Vancouver mothership, opened a branch in Parkdale. Guu has been fooling around with the Toronto market for a few years. They first opened a fabulous Guu on Church Street and a second one on Bloor West.
November 03, 2016

Lunch Pick: The smoky red chorizo burger from Harry’s, Grant van Gameren’s latest

Outside, Harry’s is easily missed, with almost-closed blinds not an indication of much. But inside the joint is full of life, with blue booths bursting with plenty of hungry locals, a well-tatted staff and plenty of twinkling X-mas lights strung about.
November 01, 2016

At the Bar: A crimson-red cocktail from Summerhill’s Clocktower Bar

The inspiration reaches back to a beet-based drink Macleod tried at Montreal’s Garde Manger.
October 31, 2016

Uptown Dine Safe infractions from October

A roundup of restaurants that received conditional passes from the Dine Safe program in October.
October 27, 2016

Restoronto: The lowdown on the city’s hottest openings for November

Any uptowner who is part of the brunch set is more than familiar with Emma’s Country Kitchen.
October 27, 2016

Food Profile: Rising from the ashes

On a Thursday before Canada Day long weekend, chef Craig Wong decided to head home early from his restaurant, Patois. The Jamaican-Chinese restaurant was about to turn two, and everything was coming up roses.
October 26, 2016

At the Bar: Pray Tell’s pisco pours

So when the former Buster Rhino’s space nearby freed up, owners Nickie Minshall and Dustin Keating found themselves praying that “something cool” with cocktails and snacks would open. It turns out, it was all up to them.
October 25, 2016

Restaurant Review: A pedigreed chef dishes out dull and confusing Canadiana at Montgomery’s

I want to adore this restaurant. Guy Rawlings’ pedigree is sterling. Most recently he was operations manager at the esteemed Bar Isabel and Bar Raval, and long before that he was sous chef at Il Mulino on Eglinton, when it was great, and pastry chef at Celestin when it was great.
October 20, 2016

First Look: When the Pig Came Home is a new Junction butcher shop

Kimberly Hannam and Ryan Getner started selling their peameal bacon sandwiches at farmer’s markets across Toronto over 4 years ago – Sorauren, Downsview, Annex and Leslieville, to name a few – but now the pork has come to rest, quite literally, at their first permanent location in the Junction, aptly named, When The Pig Came Home.
October 19, 2016

First Look: Toronto gets an outpost of STK chain

STK Toronto is the first Canadian outpost of the swanky NYC-based micro chain operated by The ONE Group.
October 18, 2016

Midtown’s Steak Pit, one of Toronto’s oldest restaurants, has been sold

After nearly 70 years in business, the Steak Pit has been sold. The midtown restaurant has been a carnivorous institution on Avenue Rd. since it opened in 1948.
October 17, 2016

Spotted: Uptown and downtown, Toronto diners are digging Dutch food

Suddenly Toronto is taking note of Dutch cuisine.
October 17, 2016

First Look: Masseria is King West’s new source for pizza and casual Italian fare

Masseria, the name of King West’s new quick service pizzeria, is a southern Italian word that refers to a communal dining hall where workers and their families gather to break bread. The menu offers pizzas, salads and sandwiches and is meant to be fast, modern and casual, a sort of elevated pizza eating experience akin to that of Pizzeria Libretto or Queen Margherita Pizza.
October 11, 2016

Toronto’s star chefs are going international with their own restaurants

Some local restaurateurs are swimming against the current and testing the waters abroad, following Susur Lee’s path. With doors opening in distant locales — from Japan to the Persian Gulf — right now, the world is clamouring for T.O.
October 11, 2016