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  • With Alo, Patrick Kriss brought the tasting menu back into the Toronto dining vernacular. When the chef opened his French restaurant back in 2015, diners had become weary of stuffy parades of plates. Kriss decided to revive the tradition but do so in his own dignified manner. A flood of accolades came pouring in, applauding

  • The first come, first served restaurant by chef Patrick Kriss and sister restaurant of Alo (one of Toronto's and arguably Canada’s hottest restaurants).

  • Auberge du Pommier has been at the top of the game in Toronto’s French fine dining scene since it opened in 1987. From restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini, this modest yet sophisticated pair of French-style cottages sits along Yonge Street. Although if you’ve never been there, you might not notice it. Covered in summer foliage

  • Luke Donato, executive chef and co-owner of Bacchanal, is no stranger to fine dining. He graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City and worked in some of Toronto’s finest restaurants such as North 44, Ortolan and later as sous chef at Campagnolo.

  • Some restaurateurs get into business for the money, for others it’s a passionate affair and a way of life. Michelle and Herbert Barnsteiner fall safely into the latter category and have recently opened the next chapter of that love story at Yonge and Balmoral Avenue.

  • Laurie Hillesheim, long-time industry veteran, and first-time restaurateur has opened Birch Bistro in the old Céléstin spot on Mount Pleasant at the corner of Manor Road. She has enlisted chef Philippe Coeurdassier (formerly of Mogette Bistro) to run the kitchen.

  • Torontonians may not be familiar with Brioche Dorée, but Parisians certainly are. Dishing out goods since 1976, the successful French café-bakery is taking baby steps into the Canuck market. After opening at kiosk at Pearson Airport, the chain has just opened its first downtown Toronto location (with more to come), offering brioche, baguettes, pastries and more.

  • Victor Barry seems to have a love affair with Harbord Street. First, he shuttered Splendido for Piano Piano earlier last year. Now, he’s back with Café Cancan, a French bistro that occupies the former Harbord Room space.

  • The food now is classic bistro with a luxurious twist. There’s plenty of personal Boulud touches (the beignet de calamar include deft Southeast Asian flavours) and nods to Toronto (the quenelle de brochette is made with Ontario-sourced pike.) In short, the rethink worked and Café Boulud is in a class by itself.

  • Exclusive and elite are part and parcel of the Yorkville experience, and the owners of Cava, a splendid Spanish tapas bar near Yonge & St Clair have gone to great lengths to detour away from those ideals at their newest venture Chabrol

  • Walk by this Parkdale space after dusk on a weekday and the scene recalls something you’d see in a nostalgic flick starring Cate Blanchett. With floor-to-ceiling windows opened up, the bistro’s insides feature a wraparound bar and teeny kitchen. Since chef Jon Poon went off to focus on his fancy bars, Jacob Wharton-Shukster, the other

  • Cheese Boutique

    Come to this West Toronto institution to celebrate all things fromage. The cheese boutique features hundreds of imported cheeses from exotic locales like France and Italy, as well as from this side of pond like Ontario and Quebec. Cheese is aged on-site, with one of the aging rooms even open to the public for those

  • With four successful restaurants under their belts, owners Matthew Rosenblatt and John Berman (El Catrin, The Boiler House, Pure Spirits, and Archeo) decided to open a fifth, the newest addition to the Distillery District, Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie.

  • The luxury department store has partnered with Chase Hospitality Group to bring their French-inspired Colette Grand Café to their outpost in Yorkdale, taking over the old Holt’s Café.

  • Opened on Ossington earlier this week is the long-awaited Côte de Boeuf, a project from Chasen Gillies and Teo Paul of the nearby Union restaurant. The store, previously a flower shop, bills itself simply: “select grocer, butcher, meals.”

  • Kim hopes to recreate Korean flavours using local ingredients at his new restaurant, Doma, on Clinton.

  • With the opening of East Thirty-Six, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood has another upscale watering hole for after-work drinks. One of the owners, Julien Salomone, describes it as an "Old New York cocktail bar that mixes 1920s style with a bit of modern decor."

  • Occupying a tidy little corner spot at College and Dovercourt is Faim de Loup, a new modern-French restaurant from chef and owner Jeffrey Yap.

  • FK Wine Bar is a beacon of elegance and luxury amongst the myriad of St. Clair West restaurants. The interior is light and chic, with huge chandeliers, velvet upholstery and colourful murals on the wall. The whimsical yet refined style of the space is mirrored in the presentation of the exquisite dishes. FK’s menu is

  • Fleur du Jour is an artisanal patisserie serving up classic and inventive takes on icons of French baked goods. The space is minimalist yet affable, making for a perfect midday break to eat a pastry and sip on some tea or coffee. Everything is made from hand, fresh every day, ensuring a high standard of