Hot new restaurants opening in Toronto this July

Grant van Gameren never rests and Forest Hill’s exciting new steak house

The teams behind chef Jonathan Poon’s wildly popular Ossington hot spots, Superpoint Pizza and Paris Paris wine bar, and Khao San Road are collaborating on an exciting new project. FAVORITES THAI BBQ (141 Ossington Ave.), This new addition will focus on charcoal-fired Thai dishes, courtesy of chef Haan Palcu-Chang (previously of Soso Food Club), and a stellar wine program curated by one half of Toronto wine aficionados the Grape Witches, Krysta Oben.

PIQUETTE (1084 Queen St.) is the latest wine bar to be announced by Grant van Gameren and Bar Isabel alumni. Count on fine wines, accessible food and that van Gameren brand of visual whimsy in July, when it opens.

Eglinton area residents have a new special occasion spot in their ’hood. An iconic Eglinton Way corner that has been home to such businesses as Eunice Denby Flowers and Beatties Menswear now houses NOMAD STEAKHOUSE (453 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-486-6623). This beautiful new restaurant deals in classic steaks, including a wagyu strip loin, several standout pastas and a few delicious Transylvanian additions.

The city’s newest modern French restaurant FAIM DE LOUP (940 College St., 416-901-3246) is also one of its most intimate. The two-person operation will serve to a total of 16 tables a night, with tasting menus between five and seven courses. Chef Jeffrey Yap brings six years of experience at Scaramouche and one year at superstar chef Mark Best’s Marque in Sydney.

Curious about the jackfruit-as-fake-meat phenomenon? New plant-based Thai spot MUGI (793 Bathurst St., 416-535-3886) has guilt-free khao soi and Thai curries and pilafs ready to convince you.


The yuzu eggs benedict at Scenic Coffee + Brunch

The newly opened SCENIC COFFEE + BRUNCH (8241 Woodbine Ave., Unit 7, 647-699-9632) offers classic breakfast fare but with a twist of Japanese comfort, like yuzu eggs Benedict, black sesame latte, and mochi brownies.

Bar opens

The team behind BarChef is bringing its mad scientist brand of mixology to the new MOTHER (874 Queen St. W., 416-537-1928), which features expertly mixed drinks, heavy on the fermentation, and bar bites inspired by the foraged offerings of mother nature.

Get ready to party like it’s 1929. The Fairmount Royal York’s new restaurant and bar, REIGN, and accompanying lounge, CLOCKWORK, (100 Front St. W.) is serving up regal glamour and plenty of champagne and cocktails to mark the hotel’s 90th anniversary.

Omakase opens

KAITO SUSHI (1211 St. Clair Ave. W.) is bringing omakase to Corso Italia, one hour-long seating at a time. Each tasting, which accommodates only six people, comprises 11 courses of nigiri sushi and appetizers, a hand roll, plus an optional wagyu add-on.

On the topic of omakase, Richmond Hill and 905 residents have a new place for upscale, highly curated sushi at RIN SUSHI (360 Hwy. 7, Unit 15, 289-597-2333).

Foodie finds

THE BRICK BAR (6 Rosehill Ave.) is coming to Toronto for a three-night run. The Instagrammable, Lego-themed boozy pop-up will feature one million blocks, pre-assembled into wacky structures.

Pay no mind to the haters: Aperol spritzes are still delicious, and the best time to imbibe yours is at the BAR APEROL pop-up bar (1030 Queen St. W.), an aperitivo bar and patio running July 4 to 28.


The rooftop patio at the Gaarden

Alfresco season continues with THE GAARDEN (314 Queen St. W.), a collab between Charles Khabouth’s Ink Entertainment and Hoegaarden. The rooftop patio will be stationed atop Cube Nightclub until summer’s end.

Coming soon

Yorkville’s hottest little resto bar, BROTHERS FOOD AND WINE, has confirmed that it is working on a new restaurant, opening in the distant future.

Word on the street is Claudio Aprile and Liberty Entertainment’s new King West project, XANGO, is almost ready to open its doors.

Our breaths are baited for Jen Agg’s new BAR VENDETTA (923 Dundas St. W.) taking over the former Black Hoof space. Expect pasta, wine and nachos after midnight.

The Annex is getting a new pocket bar on Dupont Avenue, BAR ELAYNA. This very cute spot is opening in the space formerly occupied by Atlas restaurant, adjacent to Hacienda on Dupont. The full menu has not yet been disclosed, but the bar will have multiple beers on tap, wings and assorted nibbles.

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