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
Meet Salon: Alo’s first space dedicated to private dining. An intimate room that’s conveniently located in Yorkville, Salon will offer multi-course dinners in the style of Alo Bar, its adjacent neighbour, under the culinary direction of chef/owner Patrick Kriss, chef de cuisine Nick Bentley and chef de cuisine Tim Yun — Alo’s former sous chef.
Baby sis to Alo, this downstairs diner is the cool sibling — the more approachable one you want to be friends with (and actually stand a chance with). Walls are clad in sleek wood panelling, servers look jaunty in bow ties, and the food is comforting but never sloppy. Aloette’s menu isn’t so much greasy
Alo Food Group is back yet again with another neighbourhood hit—and, this time, you can bring it home. From the group behind Yokville’s Alobar and Alo comes a pandemic-inspired restaurant almost exclusively dedicated to takeout and delivery. Aloette Go serves all the favourites from the French bistro, including the fried chicken and namesake Beaufort-cheese-topped Aloette
Amsterdam Brewery is taking its crisp lagers and bone shakers up north at Amsterdam Barrel House. The East York brew house is a more sophisticated pub than its Distillery District counterpart. With a more elegant atmosphere, it's no wonder this is where the brewers keep their barrel-aged and sour beer program.
Amsterdam BrewHouse, the restaurant outpost for Amsterdam Brewery, is about to be your new favourite. Where to begin: it has four patio spaces, landscape views of Toronto Island and the skyline, space for 1,000 guests in the dining room and an on-site brewery. Oh, and the food is pretty darn delicious. With plenty of vegetarian,
Ascari Enoteca has been a favourite in Leslieville for nearly a decade, serving select European wines and fresh handmade pastas in its trendy yet intimate 38-seater. Partners Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli have long been cooking up something on a much larger scale, though, and the new Ascari is now open at King West and
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
Azhar has been turning heads on the Ossington strip. The brainchild of partner and executive chef Stuart Cameron, this new marketplace marries Middle Eastern influences with local ingredients, all prepared in a state of the art wood-fired oven. Cameron, who is no stranger to Middle Eastern cooking, is focusing on sustainability and authenticity with this
Save yourself the five-hour drive and stop in to one of Bagel House's various locations for an authentic, wood oven, Montreal-style bagel. As opposed to the large and fluffy bagels that dominate the Toronto scene, these bagels are somewhat smaller and denser and sweeter, care of the honey water they are initially boiled in.
Since 1979, Bagel Plus has been serving all Torontonians classic Jewish comfort food from its location at Bathurst and Sheppard. They will always have you covered for when that bagel and schmear craving hits, but the menu also includes options such as eggplant Parmesan and fish and chips, branching outside the shtetl world of blintzes, pickled herring and rugelach.
Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants’ newest endeavour, Bannock, keeps with the O&B tradition of serving unapologetically Canadian cuisine (à la Canoe) and, as you might expect, serves bannock. Oliver & Bonacini’s chef Michael Bonacini and corporate executive chef Anthony Walsh developed the menu, going back to the basics of what bannock is meant to be: “a round flatbread traditionally cooked on a griddle or stone, brought to Canada through Scottish explorers and traders, adapted by Indigenous people and settlers.”
The group behind Mahjong Bar brings Dundas West another immersive bar concept with Bar Mordecai. Those familiar with Mahjong Bar’s moody, retro vibes will recognize some familiar elements in the Bar Mordecai space, including low, glowy lighting and a design-forward theme. But with Bar Mordecai, co-owners Emily Blake, Joshua LeBlanc, Andrew Perry and Kyle Wong
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.
Some restaurateurs get into business for the money, for others it’s a passionate affair and a way of life. Michelle and Herbert Barnsteiner fall safely into the latter category and have recently opened the next chapter of that love story at Yonge and Balmoral Avenue.
Cooking from the heart and serving up some good ol’ southern comfort food, Barque Smokehouse is Roncesvalle’s local for refined and ridiculously good barbecue. Longtime friends and corporate servants Dave Neinstein and Jon Persofsky decided to leave their suits behind and open up a restaurant serving their favourite food. While Persofsky went to George Brown