5 delicious new restaurants to try in Toronto this week

Amid a flood of new eateries that open each week, a few manage to rise above the rest. From an Italian spot with stunning waterfront views to an eatery that will transport you to Mexico,  here are five delicious new restaurants to try in Toronto this week.

Cafe Elte

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Anyone who’s shopped for furniture knows it can really work up an appetite. Taking a cue from a certain Swedish retailer, whose founder famously said, “Hungry customers buy less,” a North York furniture store has followed suit by opening their own upscale version, Cafe Elte. Serving Southern Italian fare, Chef Mauro Ritacca has curated a menu that celebrates tradition while highlighting the tastes of his heritage. Alongside coffee and fresh daily pastries, the cafe serves a lunch and brunch menu, complete with accessible grazing plates, salads, paninis and pastas to pair with Italian wine. 80 Ronald Ave.

Cameleon

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Chef Serena Prontack from Kensington Market’s Pancho and Emiliano brings a new concept to Toronto with Cameleon. Designed to transport guests to Mexico, the menu features authentic dishes such as Aztec soup, Baja fish tacos and mixiote de lamb, offering both entrees and tapas options. 463 Danforth Ave.

Simona

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Discover the essence of Sicily at Simona—a stunning waterfront destination that merges sophistication with Sicilian charm. Delve into a menu boasting a vibrant tapestry of Mediterranean flavours, all crafted in-house.  Enjoy traditional Italian dishes like chicken supreme piccata, branzino fillet, and pasta specialties including cacio e pepe, spicy sausage, spaghetti Bolognese, gambero rose and lasagna. 59 Merchants’ Wharf

Pho Anh Vu

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Pho Anh Vu restaurant at Yonge and Finch blends traditional family recipes with fresh, wholesome ingredients, offering a delicious culinary experience with popular Vietnamese dishes. Their newest location in North York (and arguably their prettiest) offers dishes with limited quantities per day, such as the beef rib pho, known for its super tender texture. Be sure to arrive early to savour this special dish! 5588 Yonge St., North York

Muay Thai Restaurant and Bar

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Muay Thai Restaurant and Bar is entering the ring! Combining Thai cuisine and boxing vibes, it’s set to make a splash right in the heart of Queen West. Founded by the same folks behind Thai Hai Cuisine and Thay Thai Bar, this spot promises to pack a punch in the city’s dining scene. The menu features a blend of traditional Thai dishes and innovative creations. From Crispy Miang Kham to Vancouver crab fried rice, each dish reflects the rich culinary heritage of Thailand while offering a unique twist. The restaurant officially opens on March 9. 325 Queen St. W.