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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

First Look: New Buster’s Sea Cove opens on Bremner

The menu at the new Buster Sea Cove location ranges from classics like their lobster roll to a variety of taco options.
April 10, 2015

First Look: Top Gun Steak in Kensington Market

The newest fast-food restaurant in Kensington Market serves up big meaty steak sandwiches with tongue-in-cheek references to Top Gun.
April 07, 2015

First Look: Buster Rhino’s BBQ first Toronto location

Four years after teasing us with the promise of a Toronto outpost, popular Durham-based barbecue joint Buster Rhinos opens its latest restaurant at College and Ossington tonight.
March 24, 2015

First Look: Roselle Desserts opens in Corktown

Stephanie Duong and Bruce Lee have put their training at George Brown and experience in France and Hong Kong to work with their new patisserie, Roselle Desserts, in Corktown.
March 19, 2015

First Look: Peter Pan reopens with fresh kicks

Noah Goldberg, along with partners Marty Goldberg (his father) and Jessica Ingwersen (his girlfriend) has bought and reopened Peter Pan Bistro on Queen West. They are serving a market-driven menu.
March 17, 2015

First Look: Dirty Bird is Kensington’s new fried chicken spot

The Dirty Bird is a new restaurant in Kensington Market that serves fried chicken and waffles. It’s a tiny eatery near Baldwin and Kensington Ave., but it’s already hopping with customers since opening in mid-March.
March 13, 2015

First Look: Nadège Patisserie expands into Downtown PATH

Fans of pastry chef Nadège Nourian's Parisian treats now have an easier way to get their hands on her pasties and desserts, a newest location of the eponymous patisserie recently opened in the Downtown PATH.
March 12, 2015

Hawker Bar expands with second floor dining room

Ossington’s Singapore street food restaurant Hawker Bar adds a second floor dining space and expands menu offerings.
March 11, 2015

First Look: Junked Food Co. aims to offer CNE-worthy food all year

Vince Farago and Brian McKilligan, two vets of the restaurant and bar scene, based Junked on the mania for social media’s favourite friend, food porn. They have opened at Dundas and Dovercourt with a menu of modified and tweaked junk food.
February 20, 2015

First Look: Grant van Gameren’s Bar Raval brings Barcelona to Toronto

The long-anticipated pintxos project from the team behind Bar Isabel opened its doors as Bar Raval on College Street a few days ago. The kitchen is led by Grant van Gameren while his partners, Robin Goodfellow and Mike Webster manage the bar.
February 19, 2015

First Look: Hanmoto an izakaya-style bar from the co-owner of Oddseoul

Leemo Han, co-owner of Oddseoul and the now-closed Swish by Han, has opened Hanmoto just off Dundas West as his playful ode to izakayas.
February 17, 2015

First Look: b.good brings their burgers, salads and quinoa-and-kale bowls to Canada

New England burger chain opened their first Canadian location across from St. Lawrence Market. Their menu features burgers, salads, and quinoa and kale bowls.
February 13, 2015

First Look: Drupati’s the popular GTA roti shop opens its first midtown Toronto location

Drupati Ramlakhan's chain of roti shops has been open for 20 years in the GTA, but has just opened their first location in Toronto.
January 23, 2015

First Look: First Toronto location for Levetto, a casual Italian restaurant group

Executive chef Shahir Massoud is one of the partners in the Levetto restaurant group. They have opened the first Toronto location for their casual Italian restaurant concept.
January 22, 2015

First Look: Citta CityPlace is the first of several casual Italian restaurants by Khabouth and Harji

Citta CityPlace is the first of many planned casual Italian joints for Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji. This one has Ben Heaton (formerly of The Grove) as head chef.
January 13, 2015

First Look: Borealia revives antique Canadian recipes on Ossington

With their new restaurant, Borealia, Chef Wayne Morris and Evelyn Wu are introducing Ossignton to historical Canadian recipes from as early as the 1600s.
December 23, 2014

First Look: Blowfish on King West spawns a cocktail bar called BarFish

Blowfish has added a cocktail bar, named BarFish, onto their King West location. Nishan Nepulangoda will lead the drinks program and G Q Pan has designed a snack menu for it.
December 16, 2014