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First Look: The masters of pocket-sized restaurants open Atlas at Av and Dupont

Toronto’s seasoned restaurant duo of chef Doug Penfold and Niall McCotter (Cava and Chabrol) are back with their newest addition to the family. It's called Atlas and is a French-Moroccan restaurant at the corner of Avenue and Dupont.
May 18, 2017

First Look: Prohibition opens a second location in midtown and plans to expand further

Prohibition Gastrohouse, Queen East’s beloved neighborhood gastropub is bringing its “Hooch Hour” to midtown with a new outpost at Yonge and Eglinton.
May 15, 2017

First Look: Birch Bistro opens in Céléstin’s former home on Mount Pleasant

Laurie Hillesheim, long-time industry veteran, and first-time restaurateur has opened Birch Bistro in the old Céléstin spot on Mount Pleasant at the corner of Manor Road. She has enlisted chef Philippe Coeurdassier (formerly of Mogette Bistro) to run the kitchen.
April 27, 2017

First Look: Israel’s Cafe Landwer sets up north of Toronto

Chances are, those who have been to Israel (birthright, anyone?) are familiar with Cafe Landwer. The popular Israeli café, which got its start back in 1919, finally opened its very first Canadian outpost in Vaughan earlier this year.
April 25, 2017

First Look: Liberty Commons from Big Rock and Oliver & Bonacini

Big Rock, Canada’s largest independent craft brewery has teamed up with Oliver & Bonacini, one of Toronto’s best-known restaurant groups to open Liberty Commons in the downtown Liberty Village neighbourhood.
April 18, 2017

First Look: Figures hopes to add an eclectic dash of fun to Yorkville

Figures, a new restaurant is bringing a little fun to Yorkville. The 2,000-square-foot, 80-seat space has been meticulously designed by Prototype Design Lab.
April 06, 2017

First Look: Jen Agg moves into Kensington with Grey Gardens

Jen Agg, the well-known restaurateur who won Toronto diners over with the Black Hoof, has added Grey Gardens in Kensington Market to her restaurant empire.
March 20, 2017

First Look: Pinky’s Ca Phe features Leemo Han’s take on Vietnamese bar food

Of all his restaurant projects, Pinky’s is the one that Han says he would be a regular diner at. “I don’t want to bastardize the food,” says Han who is taking Vietnamese flavours and refining them.
March 14, 2017

First Look: Monte Wan adds Bang Sue Bar to the new Khao San Road

Khao San Road is back and this time, there’s a 50-seat bar on the second floor. Bang Sue, the bar’s moniker, is a nod to Bangkok’s main train station.
March 07, 2017

First Look: Tabülè adds a location at Bayview Village to their growing family business

Their latest opened inside Bayview Village just a few weeks ago and is drawing on established Tabülè favourites with a few new twists.
February 16, 2017

First Look: Toronto gets an outpost of Montreal’s Mochica

Mochica, a Toronto outpost of one of Montreal’s Peruvian restaurants, now occupies the space at 614 College St. The address, near Bathurst, had been home to Pisco 1641.
February 14, 2017

First Look: Hemant Bhagwani expands to the Junction with Leela

Hemant Bhagwani, one of Toronto’s leading restaurateurs and the man who has taken Indian cuisine in several directions, has opened his newest project, Leela Indian Food Bar, in the Junction. It took over the former Avec Panache spot.
February 02, 2017

First Look: Sabai Sabai finds a new home on Bloor East

Sabai Sabai has entered into its second incarnation with a move to the Yonge and Bloor area, a doubling of their capacity and a renewed focus on Laotian hospitality and preparations.
January 31, 2017

First Look: Pair of friends open Brothers to offer casual and graceful dining above Bay Station

Chris White and Jon Nicolau have been working on developing the idea for Brothers — in the end, it needed to be "casual and graceful and nice and in the centre of the city” — almost from the time they met.
January 24, 2017

First Look: Forno Cultura adds grab-and-go location at First Canadian Place

Forno Cultura, an authentic Italian bakery, has opened in First Canadian Place. Andrea Mastrandrea established the brand in April 2013 with a large production-and-retail space on King West near Portland.
January 19, 2017

First Look: Team that includes celebrity chef David Rocco opens Oretta on King West

After months of waiting and many teaser photos on Instagram, Oretta has finally opened its doors at 633 King St. W. The power trio behind the restaurant includes Food Network celebrity chef David Rocco, restaurateur Salvatore Mele (who also owns Capocaccia Trattoria in Summerhill) and executive chef Christian Fontolan.
January 16, 2017

First Look: Robbie Hojilla lands at Lake Inez, a restaurant by the team behind The Wren

Lake Inez has a rotating, all-Ontario craft beer list, that flows from their 24 draught lines that run through the mosaic’s façade. The pan-Asian flavours are reflective of both Chef Hojilla's Filipino background and influences from cuisines he loves like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean, which are complemented by the use of seasonal North American ingredients to bring his personal touch to the table.
January 05, 2017

First Look: Otto's Bierhalle opens as the second venture from the team behind Kensington's döner spot

From the owners of Otto’s Berlin Döner comes Otto’s Bierhalle, which is a casual, German restaurant in the former Bristol space on Queen West.
January 02, 2017

Top ten food and restaurant stories of 2016

For diners, Toronto is one of the best cities in the world. We are a diverse, multicultural lot and our restaurant industry has grown to the point where top talent no longer flees state-side when they hit it big.
January 02, 2017

First Look: Pho Vistro aims to shift the pho focus from hearty to healthy

A trio of intellectual, first-time restaurateurs have come together to launch Pho Vistro, a new Vietnamese restaurant on Queen West, and they have focused on a “clean eating” concept.
December 29, 2016