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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.