If you ask any Torontonian what their fave cuisine is, odds are they won’t be able to give you a single straight answer. Toronto folks are, well, spoiled in the food department with so many diverse and unique cuisines and restaurants in pretty much any pocket of the city. Living in TO means that there are always new foods and restaurants to try but how do you choose one out of like, a million? That’s where we come in – we did the hard work for you and narrowed down that long restaurant eats-list of yours to 8 new spots you need to check out!
Keep reading for 8 new TO restaurants to check out!
The super successful Ottawa chain, Mad Radish has finally landed here in TO near Yonge and Eglinton. Focused on fast-casual healthy food made from scratch, there are lots of high-protein and plant-based options available like their “smoky” caesar salad made with smoked mushrooms and cashew parm, butter cauliflower curry and their spicy chickpea hand pies. Mad Radish is perf for those looking to continue eating healthy but also great for anyone looking to dip their toe into the pool of healthy eats as well!
Want more Bar Buca? You got it! One of our fave downtown spots known for their to-die-for Italian dishes has grown uptown to Yonge and Eg. Focusing on small plates, Chef Rob Gentile’s menu is constantly changing and evolving based on what ingredients are available seasonally and trust us, his creations are always delish! Exclusive to this new space is their pizza Pugliese category on the menu with Chef’s take on the traditional pizza Pugliese which is a thick airy pan style pizza topped with fresh ingredients – see you there!
Cactus Club Sherway
A longtime downtown fave, Cactus Club has ventured out into Etobicoke with their new spot at Sherway Gardens. We know it’s a wee bit of a mission for us TO gals but it’s the perf pit stop when you’re on a roadtrip to NOTL. This new space boats two levels (!!) and the largest retractable roof of any restaurant in North America – how cool is that?! Focused on Canadian cuisine, Chefs Cory Vitiello and Rob Feenie have each created dishes that are exclusive to Sherway like the Lobster Prawn and Tagliatelle Nero and Salmon Fresca as well as new plant-based options.
Ever get annoyed when you’re out for a nice meal and your guest is too enraptured in their phone to converse? Well not at Sara, the newest addition to King West. Focused on offering a zen atmosphere, guests stow their phones away in a spill-proof cubby that’s in the table and can only be removed by servers at the end of the meal. Enjoy modern Japanese small plates like Yellowtail Sashimi and Scallop and Crab Dumplings that are as minimal and chic as the interior and even the bathrooms (you’ll have to go there yourself to know what we mean!) are fabulous!
Always wanted to be a regular at a bar like in Cheers? Well head on over to Regulars Bar and prepare to be greeted with a handshake and a staff member asking your name. With a fun and updated take on classic bar food like deep fried Mac & Cheese Fingers that are satisfyingly crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The interior is a decorated with a mix of chandeliers, plants, neon signs and a marquee boars with fun saying that change on the regular (get it?) The fun continues with bi-weekly live music, DJ nights and when it’s not freezing outside, their wrap-around patio is where we’ll be!
Below the Templar Hotel lies Mother Tongue, a speak-easy style spot that’s becoming recognized for their modern Asian cuisine that’s like nothing in the city. Pulling from Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and North American influences, the menu is fun, diverse and obviously mouth-watering with their Salt-Spring Mussels (above) that are made with lemongrass, chili jam, coconut milk and shrimp paste. Don’t forget drinks! – Their house infused ginger mezcal in the La Familia cocktail is next level!
(Photo by Hector Vasquez)
Looking for a fun date or hangout spot? You need to check out Lob in the East End for games and homestyle eats! Lob is a combo of bocce and mini golf and is the brainchild of Ryan Dolan who after living in Brooklyn noticed a bocce trend and decided to move back home to TO to launch a place of his own. Coupled with elevated pub fare and homey backyard decor, it’s safe to say Lob needs to be on your restaurant hit-list!
(Photo by Jesse Milns)
Giving new life to the iconic Swan diner on Queen West, is Jen Agg who re-opened it as Le Swan, a super cute French style diner. With the menu split in two halves, one being French and the other being Diner, the French side lines up with their American counterpart – how cool right? With classic dishes like Steak Frites (above), there’s traces of The Black Hoof, which shuttered this past summer, with the Marrow Butter on the steak. Keeping the magic alive, Agg captured our hearts when she shared she used to eat at the original Swan with her parents back in the day.
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)