The hottest places to eat this December
Plus Bayview gets Goa, and Asian tapas comes to North York
Little Italy gets a huge new Italian restaurant with the arrival of 3,600-square-foot
GARRISON (760 College St.). Head CREEK 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 marscopone to Nordic shrimp and mango to braised rabbit and porcini mushrooms. Time to settle into a nice carb coma. Bayview welcomes (2901
GOA Bayview Ave.) where Hemant Bhagwani showcases his meticulously researched Portuguese-influenced Indian coastal cuisine. He’s also opening
GOOD KARMA at Fairview Mall (1800 Sheppard Ave. E.), serving up healthy plant-forward salads, curries and kebabs.
(2425 Yonge CHI ASIAN TAPAS St.) serves up a food tour of the tasty continent. It’s got everything from traditional Hong Kong dim sum to Japanese-style skewers of grilled veggies and meat to Vietnamese pulled pork bao to Thai tom yum noodle soup, to name a few items on the stacked menu. Try out the prix fixe party menu to maximize your ability to sample the most dishes.
Starting this month, the Food Dudes and 10tation Event Catering join forces for GRAND
(15 BIZARRE SUPPER CLUB 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
(2471 Yonge St.) FUWA FUWA 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. Named after a small medieval village in western France,
LA (13495 Bathurst BREHANDAISE St., Unit 6) has been a catering business since 2008, now it is expanding with a restaurant in the newly renovated space. Stop by for lunch or just coffee and some traditional French pastries — it’s all magnifique!
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. Although 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.
(849 Dundas St. W.), from CASA 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 (384 Bloor St. W.). FOOD HALL When will it open? Which ven- dors 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 Argentine-inspired 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,
LABOUR. There’s PARTS AND still time to scarf one more P&L burger and join a sweaty dance party in the basement before it closes forever. 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 con
Clockwise from left: Fried chicken bao at Grand Bizarre Supper Club, Garrison Creek’s formaggio affumicato, The funky dining room at Chi Asian Tapas