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
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
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.
Amal Toronto is a decadent restaurant from INK Entertainment, the hospitality group behind notable Toronto spots like Byblos and Patria. As INK’s first Lebanese restaurant, Amal is a particularly personal project for the brand’s Beirut-born CEO Charles Khabouth. “It’s all the hits from my childhood,” says Khabouth of the menu. With much of its decor
When you hear that Donna’s was started by three Momofuku alums, the food that they offer may surprise you, but the quality of said food will not. In the hip Junction triangle area, Donna’s is serving up everything from fresh-pressed juices made in-house, to sandwiches — like the shrimp salad, served with iceberg lettuce and
Ever miss the days of strolling through the night markets of Vietnam, collecting snacks as you peruse all the different vendors? Well DZO Viet Eatery has brought the night markets of Hội An to Toronto. This Dundas West eatery is an ode to Vietnam with an influence of vibrant Mexican cuisine. It is the ultimate
Thoughtfully sourced and cooked to perfection, Earlscourt BBQ is cooking up some superb southern barbecue in Toronto’s Corso Italia. Created by Pork Ninjas, this barbecue joint is the perfect place for a gathering of hungry friends ready to sit down and share some grub. The interior, which is painted red and covered in flames screams
Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen does it all: coffee and food that are both high quality and inventive. Early Bird is known within the scene of Toronto cafés as being one of the original purveyors of specialty coffee, now almost expected in every independent café. Early Bird pays close attention to where its beans are
East of Brunswick Pub and Kitchen bills itself as an inviting and social neighbourhood spot where everyone can feel at home. There is an extensive beer selection, with 24 craft beers on tap and over 20 bottles in the fridge. For food, there are daily specials as well as a kids menu, and there is
“Nabati” is an Arabic term meaning “made of plants” and represents the type of vegan food served at this Egyptian restaurant. All affordably priced and 100 per cent plant-based, the pitas, bowls, and desserts at Eat Nabati combine the flavours of the Middle East with the harvest of the North. At Eat Nabati, diners have
This is where Forest Hill folks in the know go for sushi, all for good reasons. EDO is to the plethora of bargain sushi joints as a Bymark burger is to a Big Mac. The fish is impeccable, the kitchen both expert and careful. Whether it’s pristine fatty tuna sashimi to be inhaled with joy
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.
Satisfy your breakfast sandwich craving at Kensington’s own Egg Bae. Aptly named Eggs Before All Else, this Kensington breakfast joint is serving up perfectly crafted sandwiches with premium ingredients all day long. From the house-made brioche buns to free-run eggs and in-house prepared meats, Egg Bae is serious about good breakfast. Try the “Bae-sic” the
The name says it all: Eggstatic is all about serving breakfast and brunch dishes to brighten your morning. Many of the dishes at this inviting Bayview restaurant have a Middle Eastern twist: Think savoury beef shakshuka waffles or scotch eggs filled with kafta beef. A wall decorated with frying pans and a sunny front window
Epoch Bar & Kitchen is a polished restaurant set on the lobby level of the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The restaurant sees the hotel’s former DEQ Terrace & Lounge space revamped with an elegant design and a fresh menu focused on high-end gastrobar fare. With its classic aesthetic and approachable, seasonally-driven menu, Epoch aims to evoke an
Originally from Albania, Besnik and Dhurata Gjunkshi opened up the Junction’s Euro Pasta back in 2009. The long and narrow shop offers up homey foods that showcase family recipes passed down through generations. Popular eats include the daily soup, the stuffed cabbage rolls and the baklava, made from a secret honey-free recipe that results in
You’re supposed to fuel up for a workout and replenish calories after, so if shopping is a workout, then the Vaughan Mills location of Evviva Breakfast & Lunch is where to eat before and after. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in a plushy seat and eat the food that is as good as you hoped it
Moira Nordholt, owner and founder of Feel Good Guru, wants to have the greenest business in Toronto. At her new Queen West store and restaurant, which specializes in a tantalizing tongue-twister of “hyper-local super-awesome organic plant-powered food,” this vegan virtuoso is on a mission to change people’s notions of what it means to eat healthy, one meal at a time.
The Ferraro family’s restaurant features a wood-burning oven, which provides a variety of thin crust pizzas made to order. The menu also includes fresh salads and soups made on the premises daily. The daily specials are inspired by the family’s hometown of Altomonte, Cosenza, Italy, and include homemade gnocchi, eggplant and lasagna. The menu also