To visit Edulis is to feel immediately like a friend, ushered to a convivial dinner party that celebrates authentic cooking. The ever-changing, made-from-scratch menu highlights and celebrates seasonality, but does not veer from its cornerstones: seafood, vegetables, and wild mushrooms. The no-tipping eatery was deemed the best new restaurant in Canada when it opened in
At Osteria Giulia, a luxurious little dinner spot with a focus on northern Italian cuisine, chef Rob Rossi (L’Unità, Giulietta) puts forth a menu of dishes made from seasonal ingredients. The 66-seat interior yields a contemporarily rustic vibe with honeyed tones,limestone and wood-panelled walls and folded ceilings. Among the house specials is the focaccia di
Chef Nick Liu, the genius behind the critically lauded DaiLo takes his inspiration from classic dishes and ingredients and adds creative twists. Located in Little Italy, the restaurant has garnered rave reviews since opening in 2014. Following in the French tradition, Liu riffs on Chinese-Canadian classics, remixing them, combining different textures and flavours for a
More than a quarter of a century in, Canoe remains a critical darling and a place where people still want to be seen. Located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, the restaurant serves up striking views of Lake Ontario and the cityscape, and has long been considered one of the city’s most
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
Situated atop a heritage building at Queen Street and Spadina Avenue, Alo is one of those names that makes foodies stop in their tracks. Helmed by chef Patrick Kriss, one of the hottest names in the city’s food scene. The classically prepared, contemporary French cuisine and the ambience, alongside the exclusive nature of the reservations,
You can find MIMI Chinese, an upscale — you guessed it — Chinese restaurant in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Co-owner and executive chef David Schwartz (Sunny’s Chinese), channelled his childhood love for Asian cuisine into this hot spot with a menu that highlights dishes from the Guandong province, located in southeast China. The menu is split
Owned by restaurateur and chef Grant van Gameren, Bar Isabel has been a staple on the Toronto food scene since opening its doors in 2013. It can be credited with establishing van Gameren as a unique creative force at the pinnacle of the city’s culinary scene following his rise in the kitchen of the legendary
Little Italy’s Pompette is a feat of contemporary design with a distinctly European flair. The French word “pompette” itself signifies a state of bliss, the overwhelming feeling of joy a person feels when all of the senses have been satisfied. Maxime Hoerth and husband-and-wife team Martine and Jonathan Bauer, all Parisian expats, mind every little
The dimly lit interior of Il Covo, flanked with its antique mirrors atop exposed brick walls and plush green velvet couch, provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a glass of wine. Il Covo’s seasonal menu spotlights modern Italian, including a selection of fresh pastas and shareables, like burrata, cured meats and warm focaccia bread drizzled
Pai is a Thai restaurant run by chef Nuit Regular and her husband and business partner, Jeff Regular. There are two Pai locations in the city—the original restaurant, located at 18 Duncan St. opened in 2014, was named after a small village in Northern Thailand where the couple met. The second location (and Chef Nuit’s
Auberge du Pommier has been at the top of the game in Toronto's French fine dining scene since it opened in 1987. The cuisine incorporates traditional French techniques with North American seasonal influences and ingredients. Not to be mistaken for modern cooking, this is a French fine dining restaurant all the way down to the immaculate white tablecloths and perfectly choreographed service.
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
Combining a respect for local provenance with greasy spoon ambitions, the White Lily Diner has been breakfast, lunch, and classic diner fare from its humble Riverside abode since 2016. Back in the summer of 2021, owners Ben Denham and Ashley Lloyd purchased a 40-acre working farm in Uxbridge, Ont. and, ever since, a great deal
Since it first opened in Bloordale Village at Bloor and Lansdowne in 2017, Sugo has become something of a neighbourhood institution and the go-to spot for classic, Italian-American comforts. True to its name (which means “sauce” in Italian), Sugo is a red sauce joint owned and operated by Scott Pennock, Alex Wallen and Conor Joerin
Restaurant 20 Victoria marks the much-anticipated return of Chris White and Jonathan Nicolaou, who closed their critically acclaimed restaurant Brothers Food & Wine just over a year ago during the pandemic. Like their erstwhile Yorkville bistro set above Bay Street station, Restaurant 20 Victoria is intimate and deceptively humble, with just 20 seats. Expect the
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
Kaiseki is an authentic culinary art form in which a series of very small, intricate dishes are prepared and thoughtfully plated. Under the careful watch of master chef Masaki Hashimoto, Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto delivers a multicourse, Japanese fine dining experience to guests in an intimate environment with only three tables and a maximum capacity of
Michelin star sushi chef Masaki Saito is serious about sushi. His background in marine biology and perseverance working from the bottom up in Japanese sushi kitchens invigorated his passion to create masterful edomae-style sushi. Growing up in Hokkaido, Japan, Saito, always interested in the art of sushi and with a grassroots approach, worked his way
Toronto’s obsession with Italiana never seems to abate, and Giulietta is one of the reasons why. Chef Rob Rossi was at first pooh-poohed (the nerve to close Bestellen!) before being embraced twice over. Rossi partnered with David Minicucci (L’Unità), and they ran with their idea of serving Italian food that’s clean, simple and addictive. Pasta
For chef Anna Chen’s first stand-alone restaurant, she opted to open a 32-seater in the west end. Blonde wood accents the minimalist room, and soulful tunes play overhead, foreshadowing Chen’s highly elegant take on comfort food. Buoyed by her knowledge from stints at Figo and Scaramouche — plus an upbringing in India — Chen has
Carmelina Imola and Zach Kolomeir love their golden birds. The pair own three other restaurants in Canada, including the acclaimed Joe Beef Restaurant in Montreal and Dreyfus on Harbord Street. Taverne Bernhardt’s opened in late 2020 and instantly won over the hearts of Torontonians. Although the menu changes daily, rest assured that the assortment will
Chef David Chang’s New York City restaurant is setting the ramen bar high at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Located in the Shangri-La Hotel, this communal-style noodle bar is serving up modern ramen with a pan-Asian twist. With a background in French, Japanese and Korean cooking, David Chang is now one of the world’s leading top chefs.
Little Portugal stalwart Enoteca Sociale has been a west-end go-to for housemade pastas, quality wines, and cosy vibes for a decade. Rather than resting on its laurels, however, the much-loved Italian restaurant underwent a revamp to celebrate its 10th year in business. Fortunately for existing fans of the long-running restaurant, it’s not a massive overhaul.
Chef Craig Wong invites guests into an oceanic oasis at Bar Mignonette. The Chinese-Jamaican chef applies his experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants with his heritage to work wonders at his newest venture. He first opened Patois Toronto in 2014, which paired traditional Chinese family-style dining with bold Caribbean flavours. Now at Bar Mignonette, the chef
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
There’s nothing quite like the delicious taste of a moist and mouth-watering loaf of sourdough bread, and that’s exactly what Emmer is best known for. Before the opening of the bakery, dentist-by-day owner Phillip Haddad was testing out his recipes for years, offering test tastes to anyone who stopped by. Now, though the bakery may
Bienvenue à Le Baratin. This modern bistro is as close to France as you can get in this city. From its all-French management and kitchen team to a wine list that is 95 per cent from France, taste how locally sourced ingredients can make you feel an ocean away. Le Baratin’s head chef Jean Regis
The line starts forming at 11:15 for a noon opening at this culinary dark horse of Geary Avenue. Behind Famiglia Baldassarre’s counter, pasta-makers stand at a large work top, forming perfectly uniform squares of ravioli, totally unfazed as the front of the room fills with hungry diners who are just getting a taste of whatever
Alobar Yorkville, the restaurant by chef and famed restaurateur Patrick Kriss, is an oasis of elegance tucked into an alley off of Cumberland Street in Toronto. The small 75-seat restaurant is a setting that is part lounge, part dining room, part bar — and all class.
Built for the indecisive, Orote Restaurant on Havelock features a six-course Korean pre-fixe menu alongside an extensive list of natural and organic wines. Tucked behind all-black outdoor colour blocking is chef Kwangtaek Lee’s spot, which rotates its menu seasonally. Inside is an intimately spaced seating arrangement that features ten bar seats and a row of
This restaurant is bringing the taste of the Mediterranean to Midtown by offering traditional dishes inspired by French-Italian regional cuisine. With an owner who has been a restaurateur in Midtown for three decades and a chef who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants across France, it’s no surprise Domaine Mamo has perfected the art of French
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
Enjoy Taco Tuesday like royalty at King’s Tacos on St. Clair Avenue. Proudly founded in 1983 in Chihuahua City, King’s Tacos serves authentic Mexican food, made by Mexicans but enjoyed by all. Well-known for its tacos and quesadillas, this family-oriented restaurant is more than proud of its meat selection. Pastor, carnitas and chorizo are only
Located in Richmond Hill, The One Fusion Cuisine teaches us that joy can be found in a little brown box adorned with a dragon. This dim sum giant is offering customers traditional dishes with a modern flair. The establishment appears wedding-ready at all times, with tables decorated in intricate linens and lotus-shaped napkins. Chefs harmoniously
A modern bistro on the corner of Queen West and Peter Street, this multifaceted restaurant is dedicated to great wine, food and experiences. Peter Pan Bistro is best known for the wonderful in-between time where it’s too late for breakfast but you didn’t quite sleep in enough for it to be lunch. So, you settle
A queue that long every weekend can’t be wrong: Maha’s Egyptian Brunch is like nothing else around. It has all the components of a truly delicious brunch: grilled cheese adorned with dates; a creamy (vegan) lentil soup; tender sautéed tomatoes for a perfect shakshuka; and an irresistible tray of sakalance, all in a bright, sunny dining room.
Since 1987, this East Toronto bar and restaurant, steps from Broadview station, has served up whiskey, beer, wine and food to both locals and those in the neighbourhood for a show at the adjacent Danforth Music Hall. The menu focuses on naturally-raised organic meats and Ontario produce, and is more ambitious than your regular pub
For those who thought Ossington couldn’t get any more exciting, last weekend saw the opening of two new spots: pop-up-turned-restaurant Rock Lobster Food Co. and new late-night spot ODDSEOUL, the long-awaited second child of brothers Leemo and Leeto Han, who opened Swish by Han almost four years ago.
This North York steak house promises an unforgettable experience that combines exceptionally prepared authentic steak and seafood inside one of Toronto’s most historic landmarks. Located on 4.25 acres of land near the corner of York Mills Road and Don Mills Road, diners have the choice of eating on a scenic outdoor patio, inside the restored
Prolific Toronto restaurateur Grant van Gameren’s Kensington Market Mexican bar features enough margaritas, mezcals and tequila-based cocktails to make you forget you’re not in Mexico. The food is heavy on tacos (which is never a bad thing) with some creative twists, like the crispy squid taco or the aguachile, featuring cucumber and serrano leche, shrimp,
Owner and musician Luke Nicholson and chef Tom Salvo combine farm-to-table cooking with creative mixology at The Dog and Tiger. Customers are treated to an extensive cocktail menu and carnivorous fuel galore under high ceilings and a roughly 90 occupant capacity between bar stools and tables. What once was Mullins is now an elevated pub
Opened in 2021, the Haifa Room is a cosy Middle Eastern restaurant that’s located on a bustling stretch of Ossington Avenue. With its exposed brick walls and several bar stools drawn up at a deli-style counter, the atmosphere is laid back enough to stop by for a quick bite, but inviting enough to stick around
Terroni is a Toronto institution, and we put up with the “Terroni way” in order to get some of the best pizza and pasta outside of Calabria. Cosimo Mammoliti, with help from his family and late partner Paolo Scoppio, started their business with a small bottega on Queen Street West and now own seven restaurants
Oretta opened the doors to its second location on February 3, serving up classic Italian fare and modern day classics in the bustling Yonge and Eglinton area. Oretta Midtown offers a menu of pretty, IG-worthy cocktails and some of the dishes you know and love from Oretta’s King West location, with a few additional menu
Grant van Gameren has done it again. Reading as a visual response to the undulating Bar Raval down the street, Quetzal feels like a nautical cathedral where everyone worships flame. Much of the kitchen is devoted to the firepit, which runs down half the room and includes a traditional comal (the griddle used to cook