Open/Closed: week of October 19-25, 2017


What are you in the mood for? Chances are this week’s list has got it.

Say hello to 12 fascinating new eateries, shops and pop-ups.

Here’s the very latest:


Not in the mood for straight up Indian? Mississauga family-run Amantra Food Fusion (200 Queen St. S.) has got you covered with their American/Indian mashups.

York University students can chow down on Tofu Bao, Five Spice Pork Belly Banh Mi and Kimchi Fries with ease, with Banh Mi Boys (100-95 the Pond Rd.) right on campus.

De La Mer’s fourth location (728 St Clair Ave. W.) lands right at Rushton, offering a large array of seafood, including naturally raised, sustainably caught and organic options.

Fake Taco launches on Wednesday. The delivery-only restaurant will be servingInsta-worthy pastel-hued plant-based tacos. Choose from jackfruit (a popular vegetarian sub-in for pork) and portobello stuffed tacos, along with guac + chips and a four layer dip made with Michelle’s Raw Food Cheesauce. There are also taco kits to be had, and juices. The chef behind it? Aminah Haghighi who says she’s making “food that’s good enough for the carnivore, but made for the herbivore.” Stay tuned.

Leslieville just got another French bistro by way of Jules Bistro (1290 Queen St. E.) in former home of Edward Levesque’s Kitchen.

LCBO Whisky Pop-Up (600 King St. W.) started Monday, but don’t worry, the showcase of150+ whiskies from around the world – all available for tasting and purchasing on-site – is still in full swing. Open daily from 12 to 10 pm, with fabulous events including an authentic oyster luge, purchasing personalized bottles, and much more.

Love sushi, but on the go? Sushi burritos solved that age ol’ dilemma. Head to M’ihito Sushi Laboratory in Yorkville Village (Unit F10-55 Avenue Rd.) for a Lobster Roll ($13.99), Beef Kimchi ($10.99), Unagi Dance ($13.99) and Spicy Samurai Duck ($12.99).

Always wanted to go to Vietnam? Misssissauga’s Pho Ngoc Yen Restaurant (1090 Kamato Rd.) is the next best thing, with its tropical decor and authentic fare, including cơm tấm (broken rice), bún (vermicelli), as well as a variety of appetizers, noodle and rice dishes, and much more.

Are you the kind of person who appreciates a lot of options? Pasta Mondo (55 St Clair Ave. W.) provides three sizes (including 106 ounce family size, for four to six people), 12 pastas, six sauces, six cheeses, six toppings and three proteins.

Mr. Roc’s Crawfish (416 Spadina Ave.) has more than mere crawfish. There are crab legs and mussels, with noodles and rice, with beef, cuttlefish, or fish ball “garnish” to be had.

Canary District just got its own Sukhothai (490 Front St. E.).

Trecce (1792 Danforth Ave.) opens tomorrow. On the menu? The three P’s: pasta, pesce, and pizza.


Parkdale is fighting to keep Tibet Kitchen in the neighbourhood.

Congratulations to Chef de Partie Connor Sperling of Vancouver’s The Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, who took first place at the 2017 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship culinary competition finals in Toronto.

There are a ton of food films at this year’s 18th annual Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, opening today.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s A Taste for the Arts. The “moveable feast of fine food, wine and music set in three of Cabbagetown’s most beautiful historic homes” is all for a good cause. Proceeds from the event go to The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre, which provides music and art lessons to children who could not otherwise afford it.

Tonight’s the night for Heymish & Hip: Eating Jewish in Toronto at Beth Tzedec Congregation. Moderated by author David Sax, panelists include restaurateur Anthony Rose and cookbook author Bonnie Stern.

Heirloom Toronto’s Cheesecake on a Stick is popping up for a month, starting tomorrow at Fugo Desserts (205 Dundas St. W.). Commence the lineups.

Haggis is going to be sold in Canada for the first time in 46 years. What kept it from being allowed across the border all this time? One of its main ingredients: sheep’s lung.


Hear of a place that’s about to open or just closed? Have an upcoming food or restaurant event? Let me know.