June 2014

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Weekly Toronto Restaurant Recap: Lucky Red, Bunner’s Bake Shop, a third Pizzeria Libretto and more

Here’s the weekly roundup of restaurant news. It was reported some time ago, but Lucky Red is opening for real next week. There's also a new vegan bakeshop in Kensington, more in the seemingly endless number of new openings in Leslieville and a third Pizzeria Libretto on University Ave is coming.


Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a summery Chardonnay from British Columbia

This British Columbia Chardonnay is mouth-filling with a caramel note on the finish.


Top 10 Kates 100 restaurants at Summerlicious

Here's some help whittling down those Summerlicious choices as we pick ten top spots from Joanne Kates' Top 100 Toronto restaurants list.


First Look: The Distillery District’s new French bistro Cluny

With four successful restaurants under their belts, owners Matthew Rosenblatt and John Berman (El Catrin, The Boiler House, Pure Spirits, and Archeo) decided to open a fifth, the newest addition to the Distillery District, Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie.


First Draught: A Bavarian hefeweizen that’s made for summer

It’s raining as I write this. If the forecast holds it won’t be as you read it. That prediction includes temperatures for Toronto that are near or above 30C and lots of sunshine for Canada Day weekend. That’s decidedly summer weather for which we'll need a decidedly summer beer. The list of beer styles that I save for hot weather is a short one with German weissbier near the top.

Kitchen Confidential: The Vatican on Ice from Burger Priest

The Burger’s Priest serves up an innovative dessert that packs a day’s worth of fat and almost 1,000 calories


Drink This: Koyoi’s Calpico cocktail

The Calpico cocktail ($7.99) matches Moonlight shochu with soda and Calpico — a milky Japanese pop that’s a touch sour and quite refreshing, pairing well with some of the heavier grub like the curry fries or fried chicken.


Counter Culture: Jamie Oliver teams up with King Street Kitchen for new Toronto restaurant

In 2011, after dining at Toronto Italian restaurant Buca, Jamie Oliver heaped praise on chef Rob Gentile, tweeting that it was “my favourite meal of the year.” Apparently, he wasn’t just blowing smoke. This morning, it was announced that Oliver is teaming up with King Street Kitchen, the company behind Buca, to open the first North American location of Jamie’s Italian in Toronto.


Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the meatball from Drake One Fifty

The original Drake’s younger (and classier) sibling, perched in the heart of the financial district, is now offering a weekly sandwich. A rotating roster of the so-called Side Door Special will be available every Tuesday at noon sharp. Today’s pick is the meatball ’wich ($15).


First Look: Shibui brings Japanese robata grilling style to Toronto

Japanese restaurants seem to come to Toronto in waves. Izakayas followed sushi restaurants, and we've quadrupled the number of good ramen joints in the past two years. Is robata next?