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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

First Look: Che Baby Food Truck, the only Argentinian food truck in Ontario

Toronto's Che Baby food truck is bringing Argentinian food to the streets.
July 31, 2015

First Look: Maman brings a bit of southern France to First Canadian Place

The concept of Maman in First Canadian Place is to bring southern French home-style cooking and North American childhood favourites together in one space.
July 20, 2015

First Look: Mark McEwan opens his second gourmet grocery store in the PATH at the TD Centre

This week, Mark McEwan opened the new 6,000 square foot gourmet grocery store in the PATH at the TD Centre. This much anticipated location is the second for the popular McEwan grocery store, which opened its first in North York in 2009. McEwan is, of course, owned by Mark McEwan, Toronto food maestro, owner of 4 successful restaurants and television personality.
July 17, 2015

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