Monday, January 5, 2015

Where To Eat in Toronto Now in 2015

My Picks of Where To Eat in Toronto Now

 The Chase

I am often asked for recommendations of where to eat in Toronto. These are my top picks from my 2014 shortlist:

After the unfaltering parade of restaurant and bar openings over the last couple years, it’s hard to believe there could still be more great venues opening. However, things won’t be slowing down in Toronto in 2015.

Honest Weight
According to Blog TO, “In the works at 2766 Dundas St. West and Indian Road, this new fish shop is not just some chippy, but rather a boutique shellfish shop and 20-seat lunch counter with a seafood-centric menu.”

Bar Raval
Bar Raval is opening soon at 505 College St., this Spanish taverna from “Toronto’s hottest chef” Grant Van Gameren (The Black Hoof and Bar Isabel) and partners, Mike Webster and Robin Goodfellow. The inspiration for Raval is the pincho bars of Spain. Raval is anticipated to operate week round from 8am to 2am serving coffees, snack foods and a list of low-octane cocktails.


Taking over 924 Queen West address recently vacated by the late lamented Ursa, this new bistro bar from Brent VanderVeen and Frankie Solarik of Bar Chef is expected to open before the end of January. Anticipate a comfortable warm setting and a humble menu of good and honest cooking. Bistro favourites will include: the tartare and steak frites, foie gras on brioche, and pork belly with butter beans. Expect classic cocktails and a custom built absinthe fountain.

Be sure to check out my latest fave, the recently opened Boralia on the Ossington Strip. Derived from the Latin word for northern, Boralia is one of the alternate names suggested for Canada during confederation. Chef Wayne Morris and Evelyn Wu’s Borealia offers up-to-date versions of recipes inspired by Canada's indigenous peoples and early settlers – think modern riffs on frontier food.  Sample a wide-ranging selection of dishes that showcase the pulchritude of Ontario farms. The menu features game and sustainably sourced seafood and fish.

The restaurant’s whelk, a type of giant sea snail (they have a great distinctive flavour – a particular funkiness) is braised in a kombu beurre blanc is off-set by a soya-spiked bed of seaweed and burdock served in the whorled shell. The oldest dish on the menu is the pemmican; a derivation from the Cree word pimîhkân, which itself is derived from the word pimî, "fat".  A high-energy staple for First Nations people and, later, explorers pemmican was traditionally a fatty wad of powdered venison or bison mixed with dried fruit. Morris reinterprets the dish with bresaola-style air-dried bison topped with shaved lardo and juniper-pickled blueberries. Other heritage dishes on the menu have provenance in French, British and Chinese recipes, some of which date all the way back to the 1600’s. Think fresh mussels smoked in pine needles with pine ash butter. Twitter @Boralia_TO.


 These are my top picks to dine in Toronto as of January 2015




Other Memorable Restaurants in Toronto in 2014:

Scaramouche - 1 Benvenuto Pl., |416-961-8011|

La Cubana – 392 Roncesvalles Ave., |416-538-7500|

Indie Ale House - 2876 Dundas Street West, |416-760-9691|
Cool Hand of a Girl - 2804 Dundas Street West |647-726-7613|

Grand Electric - 1330 Queen Street West, |416 - 627-3459|
County General - 936 Queen Street West, |416 - 531-4447|
Bar Mecurio – 270 Bloor St. West, |416 – 960-3877| 
Momofuku Noodle Bar - 190 University Ave., |647-253-6225|











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