Last weekend, after a three-month build, Bazara Asian Cuisine opened on the ever-growing Ossington strip. Owned by chef Sammy Yang and his wife Suzanne, the new restaurant takes over the space previously occupied by Goed Eten. It’s a dramatic change from the previous diner.
Calling all sweet tooths! Thornhill café and bakery Cafe Login is serving espresso drinks, teas and cakes from Rahier Patisserie, as well as a macaron selection that changes every day, from its huge space. For exciting macaron flavours, think double cheese and red wine fig, and Cafe Login sells the discarded macaron cookie scraps in
Inspired by Hawaiian breezes and the California sun, Calii Love is bringing brightly coloured, feel-good health food to Yorkville. Be it a poke bowl, smoothie bowl or salad bowl, this counter-serve eatery is inspiring everyone to eat a little cleaner, no matter what time of day it is or how much time you have. The
Toronto is the perfect city for a restaurant like DaiLo — where ancient recipes are given new life, traditional Asian flavours are married to modern ones, and adventurous diners are open to new experiences. Chef Nick Liu draws on cuisines from Hakka to Singaporean to Chinese for his intriguing menu. The best way to try
In opening their new bar, Food and Liquor, owners Vincent Ng (Victor), Nigel French (Campagnolo) and Ginny Tam managed to overhaul Poor John’s Cafe in a mere two weeks. The triplet transformed the Parkdale stalwart from unfussy day venue into an unpretentious (but polished) evening destination. They muted the colour scheme, opened the space up a bit and installed a walnut bar that seats seven.
This Ossington staple is a perfect example of Toronto’s love for anything and everything Asian fusion. With an extensive wine list and love of pan-Asian cuisine, owner and head chef Tom Thai opened Foxley in 2007, naming it after the adjoining Foxley Street on Ossington Avenue. Working closely with his brother and childhood friend, Thai
Deep in the midst of the Skycity Shopping Centre, a dessert oasis awaits. Golden Bubbles is a dessert spot specializing in the Hong Kong egg waffle street food delicacy. You’ve seen these guys before: a waffle with spherical protrusions of crispy, doughy goodness. Fold the waffle and stick the end in a cone so that
Look no further than Grasshopper Salon for a space and menu that are both cute, colourful and conscientious. Like the other two Grasshopper restaurants in Toronto, Grasshopper Salon specializes in delicious plant-based Asian fusion cuisine that is available at any time of day. Highlights from the menu include fries topped with Japanese curry, chipotle “Cheddar
The first North American outpost of the Taiwanese bakery chain, Hazukido specializes in expertly-executed croissants. There are dozens of sweet and savoury flavours available, ranging from hazelnut chocolate to salted egg york and cod roe. High-quality ingredients and a meticulous, 72-hour baking process yield croissants with a light, honeycomb-shaped interior and slight exterior crispiness. An
This no-frills Chinatown bakery offers an array of traditional baked goods, from sesame balls to egg tarts. Most pastries are displayed in a self-service area, where customers can pick their own items and then pay at the front counter. Hong Kong Island Bakery’s prices are rock-bottom, with many baked goods available for less than $1.
HotBunzz offers street cuisine that is a Toronto version of the traditional Asian bao. The bao is baked fresh daily, and HotBunzz uses all natural ingredients, locally sourced where possible. The bao is stuffed and topped with ingredients meant to entertain both the eyes and the palate. Stuffings and toppings include ceviche, lobster and duck.
iBake is a bright, modern bakery specializing in desserts and baked goods that marry European and Asian pastry techniques and flavours. Located in North York, the bakery offers an array of sweets that are baked fresh each day, including whole 8-inch cakes in varieties ranging from Japanese matcha to Black Forest. They also offer Hong
One part Toronto-based couple, one part Italian gelato and one part Asian-influenced flavours is the makeup of Kekou Gelato House. This downtown spot is serving up gelato, Popsicles, and beverages inspired by the popular and hidden flavours of Asia. The gelato base is made from scratch, using the simplest of ingredients — egg yolk, milk,
The bustling business district is full of restaurants that cater to an after-work crowd looking for a drink and a quick bite, but nothing is quite like Kid Lee. On the second floor of First Canadian Place, Susur Lee, an Iron Chef Canada winner, has opened up a healthy and affordable fast health food restaurant
This artisanal cheese boutique has its roots planted back in Singapore. Kiss My Pans is all about tasting good and looking good, with a unique selection of delights aesthetically placed on various cheese boards. In addition to unique and exotic cheeses, the Little Italy boutique sells butter-roasted coffee from Singapore, freshly baked breads, and delicious
Lake Inez has a rotating, all-Ontario craft beer list, that flows from their 24 draught lines that run through the mosaic’s façade. The pan-Asian flavours are reflective of both Chef Hojilla's Filipino background and influences from cuisines he loves like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean, which are complemented by the use of seasonal North American ingredients to bring his personal touch to the table.
Chef John Tan uses his understanding of Asian flavours and dedication to picking the freshest ingredients at Lime Asian Kitchen to create dishes from the many distinct regions of Asia. Lime Asian Kitchen’s menu includes Thai curries, Cantonese chow mein, Shanghai noodles, Vietnamese wonton soup and Malaysian grilled chicken. Take your palate on a tour
Since 1991, Lucullus Bakery has been serving up pastries and buns in Hong Kong style. Hand crafted in small patches, these buns are part of a constantly updated menu that takes inspiration from China, Korea, and Japan. Signature pastries include the egg tart made from a 30-year old recipe, and pineapple buns, perfect for pairing