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First Look: Cibo Wine Bar opens midtown restaurant at iconic Centro address

Cibo Wine Bar has expanded their local reach to a midtown hub once notorious for upscale Italian. Formerly, Armando Mano’s Centro and most recently, Vita Sociale
July 15, 2015

First Look: Uncle Tetsu adds Matcha Café to growing dessert empire

As of last Monday, the uber popular store – notorious for two-hour lineups for cheesecake – has opened a sister shop, Uncle Tetsu’s Matcha Café, specializing in matcha-based desserts.
June 30, 2015

First Look: With Flock, Cory Vitiello joins the high-end rotisserie chicken trend

Flock from chef Cory Vitiello (Harbord Room, THR and Co.) opened its doors yesterday in the city’s Entertainment district. It joins the North America-wide trend to rotisserie chicken.
June 26, 2015

First Look: Noodles and Company opens in TD Centre

Noodles and Company is fast casual restaurant from the United States that just opened up its first international location in the TD Centre.
June 24, 2015

First Look: Adorn brings ageless style to Summerhill

Adorn has already established itself as an integral part of the Summerhill retail community with regulars of all ages
June 23, 2015

First Look: Yutaka opens on Dundas West with a sushi and robata bar

Veterans of highly regarded Japanese establishments like Ki, Nami, Take Sushi, Edo and The Drake Hotel sushi bar, the longtime friends have banded together for their first solo project in Yutaka.
June 23, 2015

First Look: Kasa Moto is The Chase Group’s take on contemporary Japanese cuisine

Kasa Moto, the latest addition to the Chase Hospitality Group (The Chase, Little Fin, Colette Grand Café) is an enormous 12,000 square-foot, two-story restaurant in Yorkville (the former home of Remy’s) serving contemporary Japanese dishes.
June 19, 2015

First Look: XXI Chophouse opens at the Doctor’s House in Kleinburg

The Graci family, who own the Doctor’s House in Kleinburg, have built a new steakhouse, XXI Chophouse, on their property.
June 17, 2015

First Look: Pho King Fabulous brings Vietnamese food to midtown

With the opening of Pho King Fabulous, owner Kevin Hoang hopes this Vietnamese restaurant is the first of many for him.
June 15, 2015

First Look: A3 Napoli, a pizza and snacks counter by the owners of Pizzeria Libretto

At A3 Napoli, the new snack counter from the owners of Pizzeria Libretto, fried snacks share the spotlight with pizza. It's based on the experience partners Max Rimaldi and Gary Quinto, plus chefs Rocco Aggostino and Nick auf der Mauer had while travelling in Naples.
June 10, 2015

First Look: Sam James’s latest coffee shop opens near the Financial District

Sam James's newest coffee bar opens east of Yonge on Toronto St.
May 26, 2015

First Look: Annette Food Market opens in the Junction with Italian shared plates

Annette Food Market is focused on featuring the food that Max grew up with. Mama hails from Rome and his father is from Sicily. The menu is divvied up into food groups – salad, vegetable, pizza, pasta, meat and cheese, fish and dessert – an ode to the storied grocer that used to bear the same name. It’s meant to incite diners to shy away from traditional Italian coursing – to pick and choose from smaller sharing plates.
May 19, 2015

First Look: Paramount Fine Foods opens their first full-service restaurant in Yorkville

Paramount Fine Foods has opened their 15th location in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
May 15, 2015

First Look: Brad Moore and Ian Kapitan's Old School celebrates the classic American diner

The former Hudson Kitchen space on Dundas West has new owners in chefs Brad Moore and Ian Kapitan, and later this week will re-open as a casual diner and takeout joint called Old School.
May 13, 2015

First Look: New dish, new look for Pancer’s Original Deli

The Pancer family once again owns the Bathurst St. deli that bears their name and has reopened it as Pancer’s Original.
May 11, 2015

First Look: A Masterchef Canada meeting inspired R&D, Spadina’s newest spot

For Alvin Leung and Eric Chong R&D is as much a labour of love as it is a serendipitous collaboration between two unlikely characters.
April 29, 2015

First Look: A little piece of Iceland on the Danforth at Viking Bakery

With Viking, master baker Birgir Robertsson has opened Toronto's first Icelandic bakery. He prepares and serves a wide range of traditional norther European baked goods.
April 27, 2015

First Look: Track & Field brings backyard games indoors

At Track & Field, backyard games are making their way indoors. Those sought after summer afternoons spent outside playing bocce ball or shuffleboard with beers and a few friends, no longer need to be distant memories.
April 21, 2015

First Look: Pukka’s St. Clair West sister is a French bistro called Concession Road

The owners of Pukka have opened Concession Road, a high-end French bistro, on St. Clair West. They have hired Chef Masayuki Tamaru to lead the team preparing their menu of bistro classics, reinterpreted with international flavours.
April 20, 2015

First Look: At the new look for the Chau brothers’ Lucky Red

The Chau brothers, who own Toronto’s Bahn Mi Boys, have reopened Lucky Red, their sit-down snacks and cocktails spot on Spadina.
April 17, 2015