Award-winning chef Raul Liu comes to Thornhill
Plus Tora wows at Yorkdale and Arthur’s opens in midtown Toronto
We’ve been waiting for ARTHUR’S (12 St. Clair Ave. E.) to enter the fray for a long time, and it’s finally here. The restaurant, which officially opened its doors on Jan. 24, is the latest addition to the Chase Hospitality Group’s portfolio of restaurants and features classics such as oysters Rockefeller, matzo ball soup and veal chop Milanese on its menu.
The sister resto to Vancouver and downtown T.O.’s Miku, TORA (3401 Dufferin St.), opened in Yorkdale mall last month. The spot features its signature flameseared sushi and a very special style of service. First you place your order on a tablet at your table, and then you watch as your dishes are delivered to you via a conveyor belt. It’s the sushi of the future!
We were all sad to see Canadian fave Boralia, owned by Wayne Morris and Bayview native Evelyn Wu Morris, shutter its doors in 2018. Now the space will be the home of a new small plate–sharing menu concept. The plush, artfilled interior of PASTICHE (59 Ossington Ave.) is the perfect
backdrop for catching up with friends over some tamarind mezcal cocktails and fall-off-the-bone short ribs.
Thornhill gets fancy with the addition of award-winning chef Raul Liu’s first restaurant in Canada. WHO TONE BISTRO (1 Promenade Cir.) has a diverse menu spanning everything from steak to mac and cheese to Kung Pao chicken paella — this acclaimed chef must be eager to show off!
There’s another classy food court in town. THE ANNEX FOOD HALL had its soft opening on Jan. 25. The final touches are not in place just yet, but at least you can drop in and get a taste of what’s to come.
Last summer’s massive Little Italy blaze saw several restaurants go up in flames. Now, more than six months after the fire, FISH STORE (657 College St.) has reopened to serve up their classic pescatarianfriendly sandwiches. Yum!
Playa Cabana, which started with two locations on Dupont Street, is adding a seventh to its roster with
TAQUERIA NORTE (21 St. Clair Ave. E.). It is set to open soon, adding a pinch of much-needed spice to Yonge and St. Clair.
We are still waiting to get a peek at
MAISON SELBY (592 Sherbourne St.). The renovated 127-year-old Gooderham House with an all-day menu will open in the oft overlooked area at Bloor and Sherbourne streets.
The Distillery District is home to many restaurants, but how many of them serve a menu of both mini doughnuts AND booze? None! That is, not until this spring when
FLIPSIDE DONUTS (12 Case Goods Ln.) starts dishing out wine and crullers.
The Eglinton Avenue building (484 Eglinton Ave. W.) that housed the former Edo Japan hit the market in December for $5.4 mil. A source told Post City that the
building was acquired by the delicious SUMMERHILL MARKET. When contacted, Summerhill Market’s president Brad McMullen said the deal is not closed yet.
Ever-popular Japanese cuisine gets a makeover at the SHOZAN ROOM (164 Ossington Ave.), a new venture from chefs Kohei Matsuyama and Michiko Takahashi and partner Squid-Ti (all previously of Kon-nichi-wa in Baldwin village). The menu will be “new wave Japanese fare.” Whatever that means, we definitely want to try it.
One of Montreal’s favourite vegan and vegetarian restaurants, LOV, brings its meatless fare to King and Portland this spring. Get ready to raise a botanical cocktail to la belle ville!
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Davisville village favourite SMOKED AND CRACKED closed its doors in January. Now where will midtowners get their lobster rolls and homemade seafood chowder?
Clockwise from left: The interior of Arthur’s, dishes on Tora’s conveyor belt, Who Tone’s crispy chicken wings