It’s hard to imagine what Toronto will look like in five years, let alone a neighbourhood such as Chinatown. The most pessimistic of Torontonians might joke that the city will be nothing but dispensary chains and condominiums in the future. Still, there are others here fighting to preserve the unique cultural heritage of Toronto’s neighbourhoods
After a long year of waiting for pandemic restrictions to ease, Oji Seichi finally had its soft opening on Broadview Ave. last weekend. Located at 354 Broadview Ave. in East Chinatown, the restaurant will offer the community a new gathering spot for delicious, high-quality ramen, noodles, and sandwiches. One of the three owners of the
Toronto is getting two new affordable housing sites, one to be located in Chinatown, and the other one in Rosedale, one of the city’s most upscale neighbourhoods. The two separate projects are located at 222 Spadina Ave. and 877 Yonge St., which will provide, respectively, 84 and 250 homes with support services for seniors, Indigenous
Movement is afoot to preserve the character of Toronto’s Chinatown neighbourhood after a development proposal was filed with the city. A community consultation meeting is being held in Chinatown in response to a new building being proposed at Spadina Avenue and D’Arcy Street. Plans were submitted to municipal officials in late July for a 13-storey
The cocktails are just as inspired as the food at R&D in Chinatown.
Few things are more nostalgic for me than the squeak of Styrofoam containers, the snap of cheap wooden chopsticks and the crinkle of plastic chili sauce packets on a Sunday night. The waft of sweet and spicy Cantonese specialties fills the room. It’s more than a personal memory – it’s a shared, visceral indulgence many
TV chef Alvin Leung on his unique brand of X-treme Chinese food and his upcoming T.O. resto with the winner of MasterChef Canada
Take it to the street this weekend with the biggest race of the year in Toronto and a variety of cultural street festivals all over town. There are things to do in Chinatown, outside of City Hall for Taste of Thailand, up on St. Clair learn to salsa or out in the Beach to take in some jazz.
The weekend is almost here and perhaps you’ve decided against hibernating under a pile of blankets. (Brave soul.) Don’t know where to go? We’ve got you covered. In this edition: prix fixe meals, a Chinese New Year celebration, a winter bike ride, a tea festival, and a trio of art exhibits to kick off Black History Month.
When nobody on city council is doing anything to ban shark fin products in Toronto, it’s time for drastic measures. Oh, that’s right, Toronto has already decided to ban shark fin products, but that’s not stopping an animal rights group — well, what appears to be one at least — from threatening to spread “rat poison on meat, fish, fruit and vegetables” in Chinese markets and restaurants throughout the city.
In the midst of the ceaseless commotion that is Chinatown, there’s a new hidden nugget of zen where you can ensconce yourself in a plush beanbag chair, crack open a novel (or a laptop, if you must) and dig into a steaming bowl of noodle soup for under $7 (taxes included).
I’ve spent a good portion of my life in Chinatown, waiting for a seat at Rol San. That’s because I’m obsessed with dim sum. It’s a family thing. Somehow, none of the employees there know me on a first name basis yet, but that’s fine. I don’t go to Rol San to make friends. I go there for dim sum. At Rol San, I’m a behemoth, like a blue whale that needs to consume countless tiny sea creatures to sustain itself.
There’s so much to do, see and eat in Toronto, but with inflation hitting your wallet harder than usual, it can be difficult to enjoy yourself in the city knowing what your bank account will look like when you get home. We’ve rounded up some of the city’s best (and worst) kept secrets when it
DaiLo sits beside Bar Raval and, along with its owner, Grant van Gameren, chef Nick Liu has transformed west College Street into one of Toronto’s hippest restaurant dining blocks. Liu, 46, has been cooking since attending George Brown College in 1996 and learned his craft at Michelin-starred restaurants like the Fat Duck and also at
1. Barenaked Ladies are always a big hit in Toronto The always-fantastic Toronto band Barenaked Ladies has rescheduled its summer show and will set up musical shop at the Budweiser Stage on Aug. 30. The local date for the Last Summer On Earth tour features an awesome lineup that includes Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet
Whether you’re touring the city for the first time or a local who is hoping to experience a bit more of Toronto’s best cuisine, a food crawl is definitely the way to do it. When you only have a few days in Toronto, it’s hard to decide which of the city’s many neighbourhoods and plethora
Toronto-based artist Jason Loo’s life is not unlike that of Lucas Barrett’s, the protagonist from his highly successful comic book series The Pitiful Human-Lizard. Barrett is a thirty-something Toronto office clerk by day and a crime-fighting superhero (albeit a struggling one) by night. Loo’s 9-to-5 gig is as a library children’s programmer, and he spends
It’s time for Lunar New Year, the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar and solar Chinese calendar. Toronto has a ton of ways to ring in the Year of the Tiger – a symbol of bravery, courage and strength. From food to virtual events and more, there are
As we approach the long awaited end of Toronto’s temporary ban on indoor dining, and the particularly cold, miserable month of January, there is light on the horizon! Restaurants open for indoor dining on Jan. 31, but before that happens, check out these events to make the most of your weekend. Enjoy a free outdoor
Hundreds of new restaurants have popped up in the city since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While indoor dining remains temporarily closed, plenty of restaurants are offering take-out, as well as “dine-in” options on their heated patios. We recruited Toronto’s best chefs and asked them a simple question: what’s on your 2022 must-try list?
If the thought of staying home on Christmas day makes you say, ‘Bah Humbug’ there are still plenty of spots in the city that plan to stay open to help keep your spirits bright. While Christmas falls on a Saturday this year, most businesses and government offices will be closed although there are some exceptions.
In spite of everything that’s happened this year to the hospitality industry (one of the longest in-door dining bans in North America, lockdown restrictions, food inflation costs, supply chain shortages—we could go on and on), plenty of new restaurants still managed to successfully open their doors in 2021. From fine dining to casual snack spots,
Located in Chinatown at the corner of Queen St. West and Richmond St., Cà Phê Rang is Toronto’s newest Bánh Mì restaurant. The Vietnamese eatery is a new collaboration between chefs Matty Matheson and Rang Nguyen. According to the restaurant’s website, Cà Phê Rang’s concept has been in the works for years, ever since Chef
Halloween is probably the only time that adults can get away with acting like kids in candy stores. Seriously, who could stand still among colorful displays of sweet-and-sour treats, sugar-coated jellies, and artful rows of chocolate truffles? Here are seven of the best candy shops in Toronto where you could indulge your sweet tooth. Squish