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

Sep 26 2019, 1:22 pm

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

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

Just Opened

Opening Soon

  • Kintori Yakitori located at 668 Bloor Street West, will be reopening this month on September 28.
  • Chat Bar, the city’s first Izakaya-style Chinese Chuan’r brand, will be opening their flagship store at 5312 Yonge Street on October 4.
  • Replacing Grand Electric’s Trinity Bellwoods location at 923 Queen Street West, still by the same owners, will be a vegetarian taco joint and juice concept called Tacos Rico.
  • The restaurant group behind Gusto 101, Trattoria Nervosa, Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, and more is gearing up to open Corktown’s largest eatery, Gusto 501, at 501 King Street East this fall.
  • The Exchange Tower will get even more fancy-schmancy when Ladurée opens its new location there; the spot is “coming soon.”

Our Top Picks

The Good Fork

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Bright and beautiful in the middle of Little Portugal, this spot recently moved from the Junction to serve up fresh and veggie-forward eats. Dinner is on hold until a liquor license is secured, but brunch, featuring eggs, fresh breads, and beautiful hummus, is on the docket.

Address: 1550 Dundas Street West

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Supernova Ballroom

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Serving the Financial District, this new spot’s menu will be changing on the regular. Featuring fresh produce from Ontario farmers, the restaurant aims to find the best ways to capture and preserve flavours. So, you may find a peach product in the middle of winter, but you can bet your buttons it’s not out of a can; instead, it’s been a long-term project of the kitchen.

Address: 330 Bay Street

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BOAT King of Thai Noodles

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Now open at Bay and College, this carb-heavy eatery is the perfect place to get your fill of noodles and rice on a chilly fall night. Whether you’re hoping for a bowl of noodly soup or a dish of rice smothered in mouthwatering chicken, this downtown hub is your spot to get cozy.

Address: 770 Bay Street

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Last Call

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

  • Grand Electric’s Trinity Bellwoods location is set to shutter in November, but the owners have something new in-store.
  • Dundas West vegan eatery Grasshopper is closed until further notice, following a failed health inspection.
  • PORCHETTA & Co., one of the city’s best spots for a mean sammy, will be shuttering its original location at 825 Dundas Street West on September 28.
  • The city lost a whole host of eateries over the summer, and now that it’s officially fall, you can find the list of which spots to pour one out for here.
  • King West’s beloved Portland Variety has announced that it’ll be closing before the end of the month, on September 28.
  • It’s coming up to the end for Harry’s at 160 Springhurst Avenue in Parkdale; the iconic eatery’s last day is October 5.