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First Look: Barnsteiner’s brings comfort cuisine to midtown Toronto

Some restaurateurs get into business for the money, for others it’s a passionate affair and a way of life. Michelle and Herbert Barnsteiner fall safely into the latter category and have recently opened the next chapter of that love story at Yonge and Balmoral Avenue.
December 16, 2015

First Look: Chabrol brings Parisian charm to Yorkville

Exclusive and elite are part and parcel of the Yorkville experience, and the owners of Cava, a splendid Spanish tapas bar near Yonge & St Clair have gone to great lengths to detour away from those ideals at their newest venture Chabrol
December 15, 2015

First Look: Bugigattolo brings Calabrian cuisine to Liberty Village

Elements of southern Italy resonate on many menus within the city, but direct heritage is rarely mentioned, aside from bakeries and mom and pop shops. Which is why Bugigattolo is more than just a “hole in the wall” (the translation of its name) and a stopping point for residents and all those passing through.
December 08, 2015

First Look: Massive Spanish tapas bar Tapagria opens in Markham

Owner Gary Tsang and chef Richard Andino have opened Tapagria on Commerce Valley Drive in Markham as an ode to their shared loved of Spanish food. The menu ranges from tapas and pintxos to full plates to desserts.
November 23, 2015

First Look: Loka, Toronto’s first Kickstarter-funded restaurant opens on Queen West

Loka, Toronto’s first Kickstarter-funded restaurant opens near Queen and Bathurst. Chef Dave Mottershall from PEI and Ayngelina Brogan used the crowdfunding site to take their dream from a popup at Hi-Lo to a permanent restaurant on Queen West.
November 19, 2015

First Look: Antler brings forest-to-table cooking to Little Portugal

Wild edibles, Canadian game meat and foraged cocktails predicate a dining room philosophy that’s rooted in executing on their ideals rather than just preaching them.
November 17, 2015

First Look: The Thobors open their second bakery and café on Eglinton West

Driven by their success on Mount Pleasant, the Thobor family have opened a second location of their eponymous bakery, this time, on Eglinton West near Allen Road.
November 16, 2015

First Look: Porchetta and Co. opens second shop on King West

The long awaited union of two of Toronto’s favourite chefs is finally ready well, partly anyways. Porchetta & Co has opened on King Street West
November 10, 2015

First Look: Cactus Club Cafe Toronto opens in First Canadian Place

Cactus Club Cafe Toronto opened its doors just over a week ago at First Canadian Place on Adelaide. Helmed by Vancouver Chef Rob Feenie of Iron Chef fame, this is the 28th location for the upscale chain, but the first east of Saskatoon.
November 09, 2015

First Look: Jackie Lin's Shoushin is a traditional, omakase-only sushi restaurant in Lawrence Park

At Shoushin, Lawrence Park’s new omakase-only outpost, Chef Jackie Lin is fixated on the idea of improvement. The three tiers of his tasting menu reflect the deep experience he gained from working at Zen Japanese Restaurant for 12 years.
November 05, 2015

First Look: Parcae brings Quebecois cooking to Toronto’s Templar Hotel

The Templar Hotel on Adelaide Street has recently undergone some changes with its on-site food programming. The Monk Kitchen and Lounge is no longer, and a new nose-to-tail restaurant named Parcae is about to open.
November 04, 2015

First Look: Hemant Bhagwani opens Indian Street Food Company

Hemant Bhagwani, owner of the Amaya group of restaurants, is opening the doors to his latest project. Indian Street Food Company is Bhagwani's ode to street food prevalent at railway stations in the South Asian country.
November 03, 2015

First Look: Bar Hop Brewco is the new three-level craft beer emporium with Mark Cutrara at the stove

For their second home on Peter Street, Bar Hop Brewco. put Mark Cutrara (Cowbell) in charge of the kitchen.
October 20, 2015

First Look: LeBron James backed Blaze Pizza brings fast-fired custom built artisanal pizza to Yonge-Dundas Square

This 2,500 square foot restaurant has seating for 50, and is bound to be a popular spot for movie goers and festival attendees. The chain already has some pretty famous fans. LeBron James is an early investor and is a huge supporter of Blaze. He joins Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis as a fan and investor in this chain.
October 14, 2015

First Look: Miku brings Kaiseki and Aburi-style Japanese to RBC Waterpark Place

Top shelf sushi meets haute class gastronomy and an extensive sake list is to be found from the pioneers of “Aburi-style” Japanese cuisine.
October 13, 2015

First Look: La Carnita South Central opens in historic building on John

Andrew Richmond and Amin Todai have brought La Carnita to the entertainment district with their new location at 106 John St. (at Richmond).
October 06, 2015

First Look: Reforma brings casual Mexican food back to 35 Baldwin

Co-owners Andres Marquez and Keyvan Foroughi, both recently parted ways with their respective business partners from Fonda Lola and Agave y Aguacate. They have opened Reforma 35 on Baldwin near Kensington Market.
September 30, 2015

First Look: How Anthony Rose came to take over the Swan and how it has evolved since then

Restaurateur Anthony Rose re-opened Swan on Queen West with a west coast themed menu.
September 25, 2015

First Look: Metrolinx unveils new CIBC UPstairs Lounge in the Union Pearson Express rail link

The recently opened Union Pearson Express (UP Express) rail link at Union Station now has a craft beer lounge. Metrolinx unveiled the joint collaboration called The CIBC UPstairs lounge, a collaboration between UP Express, CIBC and Mill Street Brewery.
September 23, 2015

First Look: Bake Code brings Asian-European baked fusion to North York

The three men, Kenton Chan, Vincent Lau, and Thomas Wong, who brought Chatime to Toronto have now also given us our first taste of Bake Code, the popular Taiwanese bakery that fuses Asian and European influences.
September 18, 2015