When Louise Choi decided to open her own hotel in a 12,000 square-foot family-owned warehouse space in Chinatown, she didn’t imagine it would be a five-year long undertaking. A textile company had previously occupied the space, and when it vacated, Choi was so eager to transform the spot that she ditched her job as a financial advisor in New York City, moved to Toronto and gutted the place. It opened rather surreptitiously last week as Hotel Ocho.
Restaurants don’t stay open for over 50 years unless they’re doing something very much right. House of Chan, with its iconic green awning punctuated by a red dragon, has been the place Toronto diners have come to for the finest USDA steaks, Maritime lobster and gourmet Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. Enjoy classic comfort soups like
If you haven’t been to Mineral yet, one of the city’s busiest and buzziest restaurants, you must. Since 2019, owners Bruce Ly and Greg Toscan-Robbins, along with Hong Kong–born executive chef-owner Daniel Cancino, have been offering diners a mix of Filipino comfort food with a contemporary spin, serving dishes that are big on flavour in
Showstopping skyline views accompany the newly merged dining space (the two rooms including the main dining area and the former pasta bar are now one streamlined whole), nestled in a unique location: the top floors of a condo complex. For its entire 30-year tenure, the restaurant has been loved by Torontonians and is considered by