Toronto restaurant openings and coming soons: July 9-16

A Montreal favourite, a beer garden, and a farm-to-table resto are all coming to the city

Mofer Coffee has opened its third location at 1025 Queen West. Mofer makes single-origin Ethiopian coffee which is air roasted in small batches right here in Toronto. They’re also looking to expand their menu in the near future, offering barley waffles, smoothies, and premium juices.

The Palm is back for another summer, this year at Cacao 70. The Bahamas-inspired pina colada pop-up serves pina and mango coladas, daiquiris, fruit infusion limeades, and tropical smoothies, all with the option to add gin or rum for an extra kick.

1 Hotel Toronto will be opening on Aug. 4 at 550 Wellington Street West. When the hotel makes its debut, food and beverage offerings will include 1 Kitchen Toronto and Flora Lounge, located into the hotel’s stunning lobby lounge. The eco-friendly, luxury hotel will also feature a rooftop restaurant that serves locally sourced, farm-to-table cuisine. At 1 Kitchen, try the homestead farm omelet for brunch (heirloom tomato, kale, Ontario cheddar, and house-cured bacon), summer heirloom peach salad in the afternoon (new farm greens, citrus zest, poppyseed dressing), and pan-seared Kolapore Springs trout for dinner (sauteed garlic greens, parsley gremolata, pistachio). 1 Hotel Toronto also offers an extensive wine and cocktail menu, including a summer-ready “build your own spritz” option. As of August 4, 1 Kitchen Toronto and Flora Lounge are open to hotel guests and the public.


On Aug. 1, Ma’s Best Foods is opening two new Toronto locations at Brookfield Place and First Canadian Place. Best known for their slow-cooked vegan soups, their recipes are inspired by old-world ingredients and cold Canadian winters. Flavours include butternut squash, creamy carrot coconut, ginger beet, golden cauliflower, and kale and white bean. Ma’s Best also offers vegetarian, gluten, and dairy-free options.

Mandy’s, the popular Montreal salad chain, will find a home in Toronto this October. The new location will be on Ossington Avenue. Salads include the Vegan Dream (vegan feta, toasted pecans, apples, carrots, dried cranberries, pita chips, fresh basil, avocado agave dressing) and the Peanut Satay (satay mock chicken, mixed greens, mint, cilantro, basil, shredded carrots, purple cabbage, green onions, mango, wonton strips, peanuts). In addition to their famous salads, dressings and other pantry staples, like spices, are available for purchase.

A new pop-up beer garden is opening on Lakeshore West, close to Ontario Place. Trailhead Place will run weekends from July 30 through Sept. 6. You can expect some of your favourite brands and food trucks from around the GTA, plus a socially distanced beer garden that seats 200 with live music. Trailhead is designed to be accessible primarily by foot and bicycle, and is also pet friendly, making it the perfect place to cool off after working up a sweat on Lakeshore.

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