Byblos opens at Yonge and Eglinton
Plus North York’s new cheesecake spot, and southeast Asian eats come to midtown
The new location of BYBLOS (2537 Yonge St.) is now open at Yonge and Eglinton in the former space of North 44. The menu and drinks will be very similar to the downtown location, including favourites like the tender roasted lamb shoulder for two. The new design by Studio Munge is gorgeous, complete with soaring ceilings, woven light fixtures and an abundance of greenery — but really, would we expect any less from Charles Khabouth & Co.?
Perched on the 31st floor of the St. Regis, you’ll find the regal LOUIX
LOUIS (325 Bay St.). With an interior inspired by the inside of a whisky glass and a long menu of boozy libations, this swanky spot is the perfect place to start your night or end it with a nightcap. The food menu is worth a sample too: it’s loaded up with decadent dishes like the whole truffle chicken for two and Dover sole meunière.
Bayview’s new Indian restaurant
GOA KITCHEN (2901 Bayview Ave.) is a symphony of traditional and fusion flavours. Building on the cuisine created by the Portuguese colonization of Goa in India, Hemant Bhagwani showcases a meticulously researched multi-course menu.
Fring’s is no more. In its place comes MARBL (455 King St. W.), a modern American casual fine dining concept on the first floor, and
MADEMOISELLE, a champagne powered lounge on the floor below. Both concepts come to us from the folks behind Vancouver’s swanky Mediterranean restaurant West Oak.
The massive condo development at Yonge and Bloor now houses a
MCEWAN’S (1 Bloor St. E.), which occupies the entire concourse level. Opening this month, this is the ultimate pit stop for foodies. There will be everything from a rotisserie station to Fabbrica Pizza to a sushi bar, plus specialty groceries and much more.
A new Thai and Vietnamese joint makes its home near Yonge and Lawrence. SAIGON HOUSE (3393 Yonge St.) is now dishing out southeast Asian specialties in the former location of neighbourhood Asian fusion spot Cravings.
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free authentic Indian dishes are abound at RAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE (1881 Steeles Ave. W.). This new locale is the vision of chef Raj Mahal, who brings his 20 plus years of culinary experience to the restaurant.
Cheesecake brand PABLO (the company’s name was inspired by the artist Pablo Picasso) comes to North York’s Fairview Mall (1800 Sheppard Ave. E.). The rich confections, which are made almost entirely with imported ingredients from Japan, come in flavours from original to chocolate to matcha.
Curious about edibles? Try them in style at Preserve Indulgence’s
GARDEN OF EDEN cannabis-infused — and perhaps not strictly legal — dinner series (preserveindulgence.com). The seven-course (with the option to add four more if you’re still hungry) food pop-up event is sure to sell out fast!
Commuters can grab a snack or a meal at the new 25,000-squarefoot UNION STATION FOOD
COURT. Seating 600 people, vendors include Loaded Pierogi, Roywoods and Scaccia. While you’re there, check out the new Wvrst on the York Street Promenade.
New grab ’n’ go concept HAWK &
CHICK (1426 Dundas St. W.) serves up made-to-order Korean and Japanese bento boxes from chef Joe Kim (Hanmoto, Pinky’s Ca Phe).
Queen Street and Assembly Food Hall standby THE GOOD SON is opening a second location in the Shops at Don Mills (11 Karl Fraser Rd.) sometime very soon. No word on the details of the menu, yet, but we’re hoping the plan is for a big selection of its wood-fired pizzas.
sad to see you go
(Un) LUCKEE, Susur Lee’s all-day dim sum spot closes its doors for good this month.
Clockwise from left: Marbl’s steak tartare, Byblos’ impeccably designed interior, Goa’s pulled short ribs naan sandwich