Open/Closed for the week of April 7-13

Luckee, Susur’s new place just opened in the old Senses spot and features his modern take on Chinese fare, including dim sum. So while dinner will no doubt attract the crowd, expect lineups for dim sum brunch – weekends 11am – 3pm.

That is, until Walhburgers - arrives this summer. American movie star chain trumps Chopped Canada chef every time.

328 Wellington Street West (SoHo Metropolitan Hotel) 416-935-0400

Charcuterie and cheese boards remain a strong trend (read about Weslodge Saloon’s latest menu addition here – link to article), even though folks like PicNic Wine Bar have been doing great platters for years now. So it’s no surprise to see a meat-and-cheese-centric place like The Workshop by Latitude open on Roncesvalles. There are a few items outside of the flights of cheese and meat plates, such as a lamb burger ($13) and butternut squash ravioli ($9) with sage brown butter sauce and ages provolone.

The Workshop By Latitude
331 Roncesvalles Avenue  416-785-2123 

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s all about Middle Eastern food right now: Byblos the just opened Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji collab, and District Oven - which for the most part won over our very own restaurant critic, Alan Vernon, to mention just a few.

So it’s no surprise of the immense boom that’s followed. S. Lefkowitz claims to be “Toronto's friendliest Hummusia,” and Cleo just opened smack in between Lawrence and York Mills on Yonge, with artichoke hummus ($6), grilled chicken and beef “shish” ($6, $8) and brown butter and semolina dumplings ($19) on the menu.

Other notable just opened restos/bars:

The Rum Exchange

The Tavern by Trevor

Wildfire Steakhouse’s new location? In the Cosmopolitan Hotel