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First Look: Carver, a new takeout sandwich shop from chef Rob Bragagnolo

When chef Rob Bragagnolo was growing up in Toronto, he made yearly visits to his family in Italy. His grandfather owned a restaurant there, near Venice, and had built a reputation for cooking slow-roasted meats. Last month, Bragagnolo carried that tradition forward by opening Carver, a new takeout sandwich shop.
April 11, 2016

First Look: Torteria San Cosme brings the iconic Mexican sandwich to Kensington Market

Nine tortas are currently on the menu at Torteria San Cosme, Arturo Anhalt's sandwich shop meets ode to his native Mexico City.
March 28, 2016

First Look: Nota Bene gets a new, more casual look

Chef David Lee has led the kitchen at Nota Bene for the past seven years. Over that time, the restaurant has remained a mainstay on best restaurant lists across Canada and ranked 36 on the 2016 edition of our Kates 100.
March 18, 2016

First Look: My Little Dumplings lands in Leslieville

From tiny spaetzle to giant bao, the heart of the menu at My Little Dumplings references the eponymous theme. The longstanding farmers’ market vendor opened its first restaurant space in Leslieville this winter.
March 16, 2016

First Look: Beaumont Kitchen opens at Sherway Gardens along with Saks Fifth Avenue

The newest sibling in the growing Oliver & Bonacini family opened yesterday. Beaumont Kitchen matches restaurant with retail at its location inside the brand new Saks Fifth Avenue in Sherway Gardens.
February 26, 2016

First Look: Pizza e Pazzi 2.0 has been upgraded to Rione XI

Sant’Angelo is the smallest of Rome’s historic districts. The area is still occasionally referred to as “The Ghetto” — where Jews were segregated from the 16th to late 19th century – and numerically as Rione XI. The name of Danilo and Sandrelle Scimo’s St. Clair West restaurant pays homage to the neighbourhood’s distinct Roman Jewish cuisine.
February 16, 2016

First Look: Imanishi Japanese Kitchen, a new Dundas West restaurant from a pair of izakaya veterans

Opened in December on Dundas West, Imanishi is a new Japanese kitchen offering izakaya-style appetizers and teishoku, a traditional style of pre-set meal consisting of meat, rice, salad and soup.
February 09, 2016

First Look: Mercat del Carmen Spanish market opens in Trinity-Bellwoods

Owner and Chef Luis Valenzuela jumped at the opportunity when he learned that Delica Kitchen was up for sale, the space is next to his traditional regional Spanish restaurant Carmen
January 12, 2016

First Look: Anthony Rose expands with Bar Begonia on Dupont

Anthony Rose has opened a Parisian themed bar on Dupont called Bar Begonia. He hired Oliver Stern and Veronica Saye to run the bar and Trista Sheen to lead the kitchen.
January 12, 2016

First Look: Magic Noodle brings La Mian hand pulled noodles downtown to Harbord Street

Scarborough's 24-hour noodle house Magic Noodle opened their third location on Harbord Street two weeks ago.
January 07, 2016

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