Award-win­ning chef Raul Liu comes to Thorn­hill

Plus Tora wows at York­dale and Arthur’s opens in mid­town Toronto

Richmond Hill Post - - Food -

big opens

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.

foodie finds

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!

com­ing soon

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!

sad to see you go

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

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