Imagine if Canada got the same sun as the Mediterranean all year round. At least we’re privy to Mediterranean food all year round in Toronto. And Aviv Restaurant is a great place to help with that. Located along the St. Clair West strip of the Wychwood area, Aviv Restaurant pulls from Spanish, Italian, Israeli and
The opportunity to own her own restaurant drove Nicki Laborie out of bed and back to the biz, with her newly open Bar Reyna. Though French by birth, Laborie didn’t want to compete with the swarm of high quality French restaurants in Yorkville, and sought to bring a new flavour to the neighbourhood.
Eating off the menu at this fast casual restaurant will have you feeling like you’re dining on homemade Mediterranean cuisine. True Lebanese tastes merge with a modern and local twist at Boustan, which is why it’s become a household name across Quebec. With the success of Boustan’s Toronto locations, surely it will be all over
In continuing their steady takeover of Toronto’s dining scene — following the openings of the hugely successful Weslodge Saloon and Patria — restaurateurs-du-jour Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth had originally planned to open a seafood restaurant as their latest venture. Then, Harji took a business trip to the Middle East, where he experienced food that he knew he had to bring to Toronto.
Casa La Palma is a 1,400 square foot lounge perched on top of its sister restaurant, Dundas West favourite La Palma. It’s a physical extension of the downstairs, but there’s a notable difference: its inspiration is not free-wheeling Venice Beach, but stylish Palm Springs. It’s co-owned by the same team as La Palma — culinary
College Falafel has been keeping west enders happy for some time now with its irresistible sandwiches and wraps, all complete with that trademark saccharine sauce. Hailing from Halifax the East Coast original donair wrap is something to marvel at here. The donair ($6.99) begins with a pile of well-spiced, shaved beef that’s cooked on a
AlterEgo, the restaurant group that brings together Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison, (Campagnolo) Jack and Domenic Scarangella, and Steven Christian (Mercatto) have opened their new Mediterranean restaurant, Constantine inside the new Anndore House hotel on Charles Street from the Silver Hotel Group (Novotel on the Esplanade, Radisson on the Lake, Pantages Hotel). The project has
Taking over the former Niagara Street Café space is Edulis, a charming new bistro from Tobey Nemeth and Michael Caballo. After a veritable tour of the world saw the married duo working and living in Italy, Spain, Panama and Vancouver, it was time to find a place to call home. Last year, when they caught wind that Anton Potvin was selling the Niagara space, they figured it was just what life had in store.
Andreas Antoniou spent many of his formative years working in restaurants. Such is bound to happen when one’s father owns Toronto stalwarts like Anthony’s, Little Anthony’s and Mediterra. Now, all grown up — having spent a good chunk of time in the corporate world, dining out at some of the best restaurants in North America — he’s transformed his father’s Mediterra into his own Estiatorio Volos, a new high-end Greek restaurant in the financial district.
Aiming to stimulate all the senses, Flor de Sal takes Mediterranean fine dining to the next level. With the classic French interior, including white Frette linens, fresh flowers and an elegant mise en scène, Flor de Sal is aiming to bring old-world charm up to modern expectations. The menu boasts a global philosophy using only
Karbouzi has been serving up some Mediterranean cuisine in a fun and festive tavern since 1970. In Greek, Karbouzi means “watermelon” which fits the large logo on the wooden sign at the restaurant’s front entrance. Behind the blue-clad door frames and outdoor seating, this North York restaurant serves up authentic souvlaki on a stick, on
This Yorkville Israeli restaurant was actually world-famous before it even came to Toronto and the excitement was bustling for months in anticipation of its opening. Chef Eyal Shani hails from Jerusalem, and has become a household name thanks to appearances on Food for Thought and as a guest for the Israeli version of MasterChef. Now,
Philoxenia means “friends to the stranger,” a feeling that is instantly met when you step inside this fine-dining Greek restaurant. Located on Yonge Street in Thornhill, Philoxenia offers traditional Mediterranean food with a haute cuisine twist. Outside, the walls are decorated in the same blue and white that is found on the Greek flag. Inside,
From Yorkville to downtown and now to Corktown, Reyna sure does get around. Bar Reyna’s newest expansion, Reyna on King, operates as a café and restaurant when the sun is out, but when it goes down, Reyna on King becomes a spot for cocktails and snacks. Designed as a grab-and-go daytime lunch spot, Reyna on
French and Mediterranean fine dining is one way to see this elegant restaurant. Sorrel is decorated in the most luxurious pastels and white linens, and with crystal and glass bottles lining the wall behind the bar and photos of the Mediterranean on the wall, you can’t help but feel fancy walking in here. The food
Toronto Beach Club is an alluring restaurant from Scale Hospitality, the group behind venues like Shook, Lapinou and Byblos. Set on Woodbine Beach with views of Lake Ontario, the restaurant aims to evoke the vibe of a European coastal getaway with its airy decor and Mediterranean-influenced menu. “The inspiration was to take people and transport