This week in food: Toronto restaurant openings, closings, and our top picks

Dec 5 2019, 7:55 pm

This round-up spotlights the newest Toronto restaurant openings, bar openings, upcoming closings, and some special spots that should be on your radar.

Here’s what’s up in the city’s food scene right now.

Just Opened

  • All of the city’s holiday-themed bars are officially up and running for the season, which means you have plenty of options for where to get your holly jolly on.
  • Kung Fu Tea recently celebrated the grand opening of its Yorkville location at 106 Cumberland Street.
  • Dundas and Roncesvalles newest addition, AM Coffee Studio, is a combination of a coffee shop and an open yoga studio at 2233 Dundas Street West.
  • A new shisha lounge called R.geeliah has opened up shop at 903 Bloor Street West.
  • Grape Witches have taken over the space at Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas West, and turned it into a temporary natural wine shop and bar.
  • Ladurée has officially opened its newest Toronto location in the PATH, in the heart of the downtown core.
  • New bowl-spot Pokéwave has soft-opened at 514 Yonge Street.
  • Läderach has opened its first North American flagship store in the Eaton Centre, and the new shop is a must-visit for a mid-shopping-day energy boost (read: sugar rush).

Opening Soon

  • Burger King has announced plans to open more than 100 restaurants in Canada over the next five years, mostly in Ontario and Manitoba.
  • Something called Añejo looks to be taking over the north-east corner of King and Portland, where Bier Markt used to be.
  • Strange Love is opening a new location inside the Beverley Hotel at 335 Queen Street West.
  • Ruby Soho Bar, described as a “relaxed neighbourhood bar and eatery,” is ultra close to moving into the space at 587 King Street West, where Portland Variety used to live.

Our Top Picks


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The store draws you in from outside, with giant slabs of fresh, premium chocolate, aka FrischSchoggi, lining the front window display.  The thick, creamy slabs of milk, dark, and white chocolate lay piled on top of one another and are speckled with toppings that range from praline nuts to cereal to freeze-dried berries. You can also get your hands on truffles, pralines, and so much more.

Address: CF Toronto Eaton Centre


Natural Wine Pop-up

From now until December 8, you can stop into Milk Glass between noon and 10 pm to sip and shop through a variety of 30 carefully curated natural wines. These are options you won’t find in the LCBO, and they’re available by the bottle, case, or glass — which you can enjoy while you browse the space.

“Finding the best wines in Ontario can be a challenge. It doesn’t have to be,” the pop-up’s website states. “Wild pet nat? Funky orange? Fine Champagne? Soul-moving red? Easy cheap bangers? Yeah, we got that.”

Address: 1247 Dundas Street West




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Amid the suits and the clacking heels, the Exchange Tower just got even fancier. Best known for mouthwatering macarons, eye-catching french pastries and decadent hot chocolate, this indulgent sweet spot is sure to quickly become a welcome addition to the bustling area. Christmas is coming, so if you’ve been looking for the perfect gift for that special someone… this just might be your spot to hit.

Address: 501 The PATH — Exchange Tower


Last Call

It’s coming up to closing time for these establishments. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has cancelled the Safe Food for Canadians licences of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers LTD., Canadian Select Meats Inc., and The Beef Boutique LTD. after “a thorough and comprehensive review” related to e. Coli.
  • Beloved Roncesvalles spot ANIQ is closing up shop, likely before the end of the month.
  • Those who love restaurants with a little je ne sais quoi are going to need to find a new spot to brunch, because La Société will celebrate its final night of service this New Year’s Eve.
  • Parkdale’s Chantecler is temporarily closed following a three alarm fire that ripped through the restaurant’s address last week. The spot’s boucherie, however, is up and running.
  • Known as a reliable spot for authentic Italian in the Yorkville neighbourhood, L’Unità is gearing up to close on New Year’s Eve after 12 years serving the city.

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