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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

First Look: New York superstar chef Daniel Boulud reopens Café Boulud after extensive renovation

After two-and-a-half years Daniel Boulud closed his Toronto outpost, Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Hotel. Reviews had been alright, but clearly business wasn’t as brisk as expected. After a whirlwind seven-week renovation it reopened today with an entirely new look and retooled food programme.
September 11, 2015

First Look: House of Chan re-opens at new location on Eglinton West

Owner Penny Lyons had to move the iconic Toronto restaurant, originally at 876 Eglinton W., after it was expropriated by Metrolinx to make way for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown transit line. Prior to the move, House of Chan entertained generations of families for over six decades, gathering over beloved House of Chan for plates of steak, lobster and North Americanized Chinese food.
September 09, 2015

First Look: The Addisons Residence aims to evoke the house parties 1980s Malibu

The John Doe Group (EFS, and soon to be Omau on Ossington in collaboration with The Food Dudes) have taken over the C-Lounge space and reconstructed it to emulate a chic 1980s Malibu mansion owned by the fictitious Addison clan.
August 20, 2015

First Look: Istanbul's Tulip brings Turkish cuisine to Midtown Toronto

Given how popular Turkey is for tourists and how widely its diaspora has spread it's a bit surprising that Toronto doesn't have more Turkish restaurants. The recently opened Istanbul's Tulip is the first in midtown Toronto.
August 13, 2015

First Look: Bac Ky Vietnamese canteen opens on King West

Cue Bac Ky, a Vietnamese canteen which opened up in the space that formerly housed The Greek on King West.
August 12, 2015

First Look: Descendant lands in Leslieville as Toronto's first Detroit-style pizzeria

Leslieville’s new pizzeria has sold out of their daily production every day since they opened August 2. It helps that Descendant is Toronto’s first and only taste of Detroit-style pizza.
August 11, 2015