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

Sep 19 2019, 7:16 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

  • Leslieville welcomed Nutbar to 899 Queen Street East this past weekend.
  • Ye Skewers Hot Pot now serves up mouthwatering meats and various veggies on skewers with a hot soup base at 3260 Midland Avenue.
  • TRU, a brand-new downtown bubble tea shop at 25 Carlton Street, will be serving up buy-one-get-one drinks on Friday, September 20.
  • What A Bagel, maker of fresh and delectable round doughy rings, has opened a new location at 827 St. Clair Avenue West.
  • Lucia, by the folks behind Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, is now open at 1595 Dupont Street.

Opening Soon

  • Kintori Yakitori located at 668 Bloor Street West, will be reopening this month on September 28.
  • DUNK Burgers and Chocolate has already got their sign up at 696 Queen Street West, and while there’s no exact date yet, eats are “coming soon.”
  • One of the city’s best bagel pop-ups, Primrose Bagel, has announced that it’ll soon be opening a storefront in the St. Clair West neighbourhood.
  • Wandering Deli specializes in nut cheeses and currently runs a cater-style business out of a restaurant kitchen in Parkdale; they’re looking to turn it into a storefront.
  • Opening soon at 620 King Street West, Akira Back’s new restaurant will blend traditional techniques with modern flavours.
  • On September 20, Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice will open seven new locations and offer free signature dishes to guests between 6 pm and 8 pm.
  • Madame Levant is gearing up to open its doors at 821 Gerrard Street East, with “true Levantine cuisine” on offer.
  • The Church and Wellesley neighbourhood will soon be welcoming Craig’s Cookies, which is already thriving in Parkdale.

Our Top Picks


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Previously only available in the Summerhill neighbourhood and at Assembly Chef’s Hall, nutbar’s goods are now on offer in Leslieville. From tartines topped with mouthwatering savoury spreads and vegetables, to superfood-infused smoothies and over-the-top hot drinks, this food will fuel you and leave you feelin’ funky fresh.

Address: 899 Queen Street West



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As the city transitions from summer to fall, we learn that there are some treats that hold their own regardless of the season. Bubble tea is one of them. Whether you opt for a choice that’s creamy and cool or crisp and refreshing, boba is crave-able all the time. Stop by for an after-work indulgence or a midday break.

Address: 25 Carlton Street


Ye Skewers Hot Pot

Ye Skewers Hot Pot

All beef skewers are marinated with 26 different secret spices, and soups are made with thirty secret ingredients, resulting in a rich, buttery base for your eats at this new spot. Take a trip to Scarborough and welcome autumn the only way you should: with mouthwatering, comforting hot pot.

Address: 3260 Midland Avenue F110


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.

  • Shook, a newly-opened restaurant at King and Portland Street, is temporarily closed after a kitchen fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon.
  • 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.

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