The hottest places to eat this De­cem­ber

Plus the An­nex Food Hall, and Rag Doll Eatery opens at Yonge & Eg

Annex Post - - FOOD -

big opens

Lit­tle Italy gets a huge new Ital­ian restau­rant with the ar­rival of 3,600-sq-ft GAR­RI­SON CREEK

(760 Col­lege St.). Head chef Dino Cordileone takes tra­di­tional recipes and makes them his own. (Why not give the gnoc­chi pou­tine a try?) There’s also an ex­ten­sive ravi­oli menu fea­tur­ing fill­ings from lob­ster and mas­car­pone to Nordic shrimp and mango to braised rab­bit and porcini mush­rooms. Time to set­tle into a nice carb coma.

Bayview wel­comes GOA (2901 Bayview Ave.) where He­mant Bhag­wani show­cases his metic­u­lously re­searched Por­tuguese-in­flu­enced In­dian coastal cui­sine. Bhag­wani also presents GOOD

KARMA at Fairview Mall (1800 Shep­pard Ave. E.), which serves up healthy plant-for­ward sal­ads, cur­ries and kebabs.

In the spot that formely housed No­or­den at Yonge and Manor road comes ’80s and ’90s rock - themed RAG DOLL EATERY

(2110 Yonge St.), mid­town’s new hip hang­out with a ve­gan- and veg­e­tar­ian-friendly menu of “healthy com­fort food.”

foodie finds

Start­ing this month, the Food Dudes and 10tation Event Cater­ing join forces for GRAND

BIZARRE SUP­PER CLUB (15 Saskatchewan Rd.), a weekly in­ter­ac­tive din­ner se­ries of epic pro­por­tions. Think per­for­mance art, live mu­sic and global cui­sine. The menu prom­ises to be on the out­ra­geous side, with op­tions like a ni­tro­gen sun­dae bar.

A wob­bly flap­jack won­der called

FUWA FUWA (2471 Yonge St.) has opened at Yonge and Eg. With an en­tirely new menu, the lo­ca­tion of­fers cho­co­late-cen­tric se­lec­tions like the creamy Oreo pan­cakes and matcha white cho­co­late pan­cakes with mochi.

Yonge and Welles­ley’s new Eurasian bak­ery 7 BAKER (3 Welles­ley St. W.) makes tra­di­tional Euro­pean bread and pas­tries in­fused with Asian flavours to cre­ate unique treats like char­coal salted egg yolk buns and matcha crois­sants.

com­ing soon

We’re still ea­gerly await­ing TORA

(3401 Duf­ferin St.), a new sushi con­cept from the peo­ple at Miku. Look for the York­dale open­ing in early 2019.

While we don’t have a name or a chef yet, the new ven­ture (sec­ond floor of 88 Av­enue Rd.) will be a high end edo­mae-style sushi restau­rant backed by Shoushin’s silent part­ner.

CASA (849 Dun­das St. W.), from La Palma’s Craig Hard­ing and Alexan­dra Hutchi­son, is com­ing soon to the space just above the Cal­i­for­nian fave.

We’re also keep­ing care­ful watch over the up­com­ing AN­NEX FOOD

HALL (384 Bloor St. W.). When will it open? Which ven­dors will be the first to move in? Ru­mours say Jan­uary is look­ing good, but rest as­sured we’ll keep you in the loop.

Toronto’s all fired-up for Ar­gen­tine-style open-flame grilling. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Ro­main Avril (Le So­ci­eté and Lavelle) aims high, with the world’s largest Ar­gen­tinein­spired grill at NERUDA (1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E.), where he cooks up Latin, Mediter­ranean and Mid­dle Eastern-in­spired eats.

sad to see you go

We say a sad farewell to Matty Mathe­son’s first restau­rant, PARTS

AND LABOUR. There’s still time to scarf one more P&L burger and join a sweaty dance party in the base­ment be­fore it closes for­ever.

CÉILÍ COT­TAGE, the fine pur­veyor of Celtic pub fare from oys­ter shuck­ing champ Pa­trick Mc­Mur­ray, shut­tered last month af­ter a decade of ser­vicec.

Af­ter 17 sea­sons (which makes this place 90 in Toronto-restau­rant years) FLIP TOSS AND THAI on Har­bord Street closes its doors.

This month also sees NOTA BENE’s fi­nal ser­vice on N.Y.E. But out of the ashes of this clos­ing comes the phoenix of David Lee’s ex­cit­ing new PLANTA con­cept.

Clock­wise from left: Fried chicken bao at Grand Bizarre Sup­per Club, Gar­ri­son Creek’s for­mag­gio af­fu­mi­cato, Rag Doll Eatery’s trop­i­cal fruit gua­camole

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