Open/Closed: Toronto Restaurant News May 16-22, 2019

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It’s time to celebrate. First, it’s the long weekend. Second, you’ve got 11 enticing new destinations to add to your list.  

Thank goodness for the extra day. You’re going to need it.

Here’s the very latest:


The Cherie Bistro (538 Church St.) has softly opened, with a limited lunch menu that includes: Wild Mushroom Fusili ($14), Chicken & Waffles ($13), Pulled Pork Poutine ($13), and Paneer Parmigiana ($14). Dinner options are just as varied: Blushing Lobster ($25), Jambalaya ($24), Paella ($25), Lemon Chicken ($21), and Filet Mignon ($34), for starters.

If the phrase “raw cookie dough” excites you, get yourself to Dough T.O. (719 Queen St. W.). The shop’s open now, with grand opening celebrations taking place Saturday.

Now you’ve got two Four Brothers Pizza (5920 Turney Dr., Mississauga) to choose from in the GTA. 

The Green Goose Pub and Grill (5165 Dixie Rd.) in Mississauga is a new Irish pub “infused with modern Canadian foods” offering “pub grub with a fine cuisine spin.” Visit now or wait until the grand opening tomorrow, to enjoy live music and 15 per cent off all food purchases from 3pm-9pm.

Xiaomian Chongqing Street Noodles are just one of the popular dishes at Hey Noodles new Mississauga location (900 Rathburn Rd. W.).

Calling all Keto, Paleo, Low Carb/High Fat followers Uptown: The third location Impact Kitchen (1222 Yonge St.) opened yesterday right across from Summerhill Station.

A fire caused the closure of The Oakwood Hardware (337 Oakwood Ave.) back in November 2017. They’ve reopened with limited hours and menu.

Score on King (107 King St. E.) - known for their outrageous Caesars - officially opens today, #NationalCaesarDay.

The folks behind Cabbagetown’s Roman-style pizzeria Salt & Tobacco (521 Parliament St.) in, have launched Super Bargain (441 Parliament St.), just a few blocks south in a former discount store of the name. Head to the small, casual bar for cocktails, craft beer, and light snacks.

Doors open Saturday for Sushi Masaki Saito (88 Avenue Rd.), “Canada’s most authentic Japanese dining experience” by two-Michelin-star chef Masaki Saito. You’ll have to save up for the edomae-style sushi: Finest Omakase ($380): 3 appetizers, 10 pieces of sushi, miso soup and dessert;and Best Omakase ($500): 5 appetizers, 12 pieces of sushi, miso soup and dessert. Note: Gratuity is not accepted.

Shanghai-style restaurant Wu Jian Dao Dim Sum House (29B St Joseph St.) is back it after being closed for renovations. Tuck into delicacies of Marinated Jellyfish ($7.50), Hot & Sour Shredded Kelp ($6.50), Steamed Pork Soup Dumpling ($7.50), Pan Fried Soup Bao ($9.50), and Jumbo Shrimp Wonton ($9.50).


French bistro Coquine Restaurant (2075 Yonge St.), launched back in 2007, has bid adieu.

True True (169 King St. E.) is reinventing itself, again. The former pizzeria will reopen this spring as an Italian diner collab with Suzanne Barr, current chef of soon-to-open Avling Kitchen & Brewery.


Free ice cream! And Halo Top, to boot.

Rib Fest is here.

Head to Black Owned Food Market this Sunday. 

Get tickets now for Spring Beer Fest, happening Sunday at Fort York: Garrison Common. 


Speed Rack National Finals were Monday. Congrats to winner Colie Ehrenworth of Toronto’s own Mahjong Bar.

Yesterday, Fairmont Royal York announced two new swanky food and beverage destinations launching next month. Stay tuned.

Metro is the latest grocer to add delivery.  

Hershey’s rebranded their iconic chocolate bar for the first time in 125 years. 😒 👎

Uh, did you dine at Remely's Restaurant on May 5th?

There’s about to be a lot more Timbits, Whoppers, and Bonafide Chicken in the world. 

The future of the Food Terminal is uncertain.

Humanoid waiters - a phrase I hope to never write again.

 News of Toronto’s “Joker thief” made its way to The Daily Mail and Fox News.

Canstruction is amazing. Also, why your pantry suddenly looks lame.

Are you #TeamAperolSpritz?


Take a peek inside the new Steam Whistle Biergärten in this week’s #TheArrival. Warning: May cause intense cravings for schnitzel, spaetzle + sausages.


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