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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

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