5 of the best new restaurants to check out in Toronto this week

Amid a flood of new eateries that open each week, a few manage to rise above the rest. From a cosy haunt in Little Italy, conjuring up hauntingly delicious creations, to a Vietnamese café offering a taste of home, here are five of the best new restaurants to check out in Toronto this week.

Gateau Ghost

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When it comes to madeleines, prepare to redefine your expectations. Gateau Ghost, the brainchild of Toronto chef Jayden Park, is revolutionizing these classic treats. With the recent announcement of a brick-and-mortar location in Little Italy, fans of these hauntingly delicious creations can now enjoy them beyond the realm of pop-ups.Park’s journey to Gateau Ghost began in some of Toronto’s most prestigious kitchens, including Alo, Buca and Joe Beef. While much of the new menu is being kept under wraps, a few delicious items have been revealed, including a savoury miso chive Madeleine, a “KFC” sando, as well as cereal shrimp toast topped with shrimp head aioli. 974 College St.

À Côté

À Côté

Rosedale has a new destination for tapas-style dishes and a wine list that runs deep (300 plus bottles) with the launch of À Côté. The sister restaurant to Toronto’s storied French eatery Sorrel, À Côté — translating to “next to” in English — is, indeed, conveniently located right next door. The restaurant offers a weekly rotating menu of small plates, featuring dishes like east coast lobster, salmon crudo and steak tartare served with a quail egg and grilled baguette. Just like at Sorrel, Chiniforoush  and sous chef Amy Israt oversee the kitchen and menu. 1158 Yonge St.

Martine’s Wine Bar

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A new restaurant backed by local restaurateurs Grant van Gameren (who founded trendy spaces like Bar Raval, Bar Isabel, El Rey Mezcal Bar, and Harry’s Charlbroiled) and Chef Luke Haines (Bar Raval) have just added another restaurant to their roster — Martine’s Wine Bar located in Little Italy. The menu hasn’t been posted, but Chef Haines has shared some of the restaurant’s delicious dishes on his Instagram page. It appears the restaurant offers everything from seafood-based options and international flavours, like Salt Spring Island mussels, farm fresh greens, and green sambal broth, or — one of their biggest hits so far — razor clams, oyster mushrooms, and wild leeks. 293 Palmerston Ave.

Takja BBQ House

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Takja means “table” and, while Little Italy may seem like an unexpected place for a Korean BBQ house, the idea of gathering around a meal to create memories is a perfect fit for the area. And that’s exactly what Takja BBQ House, College Street’ts newest restaurant, brings. There’s no shortage of beauty in the space, and modern meets traditional in both the decor and on the menu. The lighting is dark and moody (complete with florescent lighting to accent details), but the plateware is intricate and dainty. On the menu, decadent meats meet stacked seafood towers with fermented sauces, and cold noodles and stews provide a hearty punch to round out the food selection. 962 College St.

+84 Café

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Upon their arrival in Canada, the significance of dialing +84 to connect with Vietnam inspired the founders of the café to name their establishment +84. They see their café as not only a cure for Vietnamese homesickness but also a cultural oasis where guests can experience a slice of Vietnam in Toronto. Alongside a range of tasty Vietnamese drinks like honey peach iced espresso, egg coffee, and durian coffee, there are also deliciously flavoured iced teas and unique options like lychee sakura sodas. The food menu includes treats such as coconut ice cream with sticky rice and a variety of banh mi sandwiches  954 College St.