Walking through the doors of 1 Hotel, one might feel as though they’re in familiar territory. Located at the site of the former Thompson Hotel, 1 Hotel Toronto is the first Canadian property by 1 Hotels, a luxury hotel brand inspired by nature. The brand currently has properties scattered across North America, in major cities
Restaurant 3030 Dundas West is a hotbed of culture in the ever-more-happening Junction. The cavernous space is a bit of everything: a bar, restaurant, art gallery and concert hall rolled into one. Paintings from local artists — like cool cat Nick Sweetman — oversee patrons downing local brews and tucking into eats before heading to
If you’ve ever wanted to rub elbows with your favourite Toronto chefs, bartenders and servers then you’ll likely find them at 416 Snack Bar, a known industry favourite. The menu reads like the ultimate international passport to gastropub (read, elevated bar food) fare. It is as it says on their website “all over the map.”
At 7 Baker, European and Asian flavours come together to create totally unique and delectable baked goods. With traditional European bread and pastry recipes infused with Asian flavours, this bakery is unlike anything you’ve ever laid eyes on. The shiny space features gold finishings that make the bakery gleam from the outside. If the shiny
For over 10 years, 7 Numbers has been showing Toronto how to put, and keep, the “family” in family style. This southern Italian restaurant is serving its country’s version of soul food cooked up by the owning family’s matriarch, Rosa. Once a month, Mama Rosa opens her kitchen doors to teach others how to make
About two hours east of Toronto, in the heart of Ontario wine country, 7 Numbers Picton is serving traditional southern Italian fare, family style. Since 2001, Mama Rosa has been dishing out some authentic Italian fare to the people of Toronto. After 19 years in the business, 7 Numbers decided to open up a new
Restaurant 7 West serves all around the clock, 365 days a year, so you never have to miss out on good grub in our city. Located on Charles Street in the heart of the Annex, this multi-level restaurant is not only 24/7, but it also changes as you scale the stairs. The first level is
Etobicoke’s own special little spot, 850 Degrees Pizzeria serves up homemade pizzas, featuring local ingredients, cooked in an authentic wood oven. There is nothing not to love about its pizzas. The dough is homemade using a 120-year-old recipe from southern Italy. The meats come from the Belaga family siblings’ family farm in Ontario, who all
This little St Clair coffee shop has got huge B.D.E. Tucked behind a small storefront, this coffee and sandwich shop compensates for its puny space with some wicked sammies and a fantastic cup of joe. The wine-coloured walls with the 9 Bars decal painted on them make this room cosy and welcoming, which is perfect
Strictly Shanghainese restaurants are few and far between in and around the city — usually, the cuisine is fused with food from other regions of China like Szecuhuan or Taiwan. But for great Shanghainese food, head up to A La Kitchen for soup-filled dumplings and other classics like noodle dishes and braised meats.
Sometimes venturing outside of downtown is worth the trek and A La Turk is an example of that. As you may have guessed, this North York restaurant serves up authentic Turkish fare. Its specialty is wood-fired pide (flatbread) and charcoal-grilled kebabs. While complimentary bread baskets are a thing of the past, here you are treated
Every day is Rib Fest at this central Texas‒style barbecue joint. AAA Bar is serving up some of the city’s best barbecue and isn’t ashamed to say it. The award-winning dry-rub ribs, brisket and other favourites are smoked daily and made to feed the masses. At AAA, they also are proud to tell their guests
When modern Tandoori cuisine originated 500 years ago, it was only prepared for kings. Now, this aristocratic experience comes to Toronto at Aafrien. The exclusive restaurant specializes in using the traditional clay oven tandoor to provide an authentic Indian dining experience. Aafrien’s extensive menu offers tandoor-cooked kebabs, curries, vegetables and hot naan. The long list
Aburi Hana is a posh new Japanese restaurant from Aburi Restaurants Canada, the restaurant group behind Miku Toronto and TORA. Tucked in a pedestrian laneway off Yorkville Avenue, Aburi Hana offers an intimate, kyō-kaiseki experience, a lavish style of dining that draws on the traditions of Japanese tea ceremonies. The restaurant’s name comes from a
This midtown restaurant has quickly become a hotspot for the cuisine of Ethiopia and Eritrea. To highlight the vegan staples of Ethiopia, Abyssinia YYZ has an entire selection of vegan dishes from stir fries to stews. These can be consumed with an authentic Ethiopian spongy flatbread called injera. For meat lovers, customers are loving the
This pizza joint is home to good old-fashioned Detroit-style pan pies. With affordable classics like pepperoni and veggie, pizza lovers can’t go wrong at Aces Pizza. Customers can’t get enough of the signature Dirty Burger, a classic Ace pizza topped with ground beef, smoked bacon, gooey brick cheese, queso jalapeno cheese sauce, and vegetables. Alternatives
Holed up on an off-the-radar strip of Ossington, this contemporary Canadian restaurant turns out eye-opening fare. The level of respect chef-owner Justin Cournoyer has for the land, for the seasons and for the climate is palpable in every dish. All is local and seasonal, at Actinolite and the ethos permeates every aspect of the business.
Every dessert made at Adamson Bakery is surely made with love. The bakery opened up as a passion project by the same staff of Adamson Barbecue following prep cook Daniel Rios’s development of bread and bun recipes for Adamson’s authentic central Texas barbecue style. After another cook, Matthew Rushworth, made southern-style pies for the lunch
Aney Gesualdi Macarons offers a wide selection of French macarons, from signature flavours to limited edition seasonal ones. All macarons are made from fresh ingredients and with the utmost care. AG macarons has two locations, on Dupont and on the Queensway, and also supplies more than 200 retailers, so it must be doing something right.