8 Hot New Toronto Restaurants to Savour this Season
Summer 2023 in Toronto is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate the season than by exploring the city’s newest culinary creations? From trendy eateries to hidden gems, this city has something for everyone’s taste buds. Here are some new places to dine at this season!
150 York Street
Alo Restaurant Group’s newest outpost, Alobar Downtown, located in the vibrant Financial District is a culinary destination known for its innovative and sophisticated approach to contemporary cuisine. Nestled within a stylish and inviting ambiance (the former Drake 150 digs), it offers a memorable dining experience from a Michelin-starred team that blends modern techniques with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.
Whether it’s a celebratory dinner, a romantic evening, or a gathering of friends, Black and Blue Steakhouse in Toronto promises a journey of culinary exploration that tantalizes the senses and leaves an indelible mark on the memory. Located in the old Toronto Stock Exchange Building, Chef Morgan Bellis’ menu includes opulent seafood towers, smoking cocktails and ultra-rare Miyazaki Wagyu. It’s a place where modern elegance meets timeless tradition, a haven for those who seek an extraordinary dining adventure in the heart of the city.
440 College Street
Da Nico is the newest venue from Liberty Entertainment Group, the same team behind Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890. It offers a tempting chef’s tasting menu or a la carte options and encourages patrons to savour the magic of la dolce vita, one exquisite bite at a time. Opening September 15, 2023.
In a city teeming with culinary offerings, Daphne is Charles Khabouth’s spin on a modern American restaurant and stands as a testament to the magic that can transpire when culinary artistry, imagination, and passion collide. As guests depart, they carry with them not just the flavours of the evening, but the lingering sense of having stepped into a realm where myth and cuisine intertwine in wondrous harmony.
25 Toronto Street
Laylak invites diners on an unforgettable culinary journey. Stepping into Laylak is like stepping into a piece of Lebanon, with its upscale ambiance that effortlessly combines tradition and modernity. Laylak’s menu showcases the rich tapestry of Lebanese cuisine. From the silky smooth hummus drizzled with olive oil to the perfectly grilled chicken tawouk, each dish is a testament to the chef’s dedication to preserving the essence of Lebanese cooking, featuring classics like falafel, grape leaves, and labneh and cauliflower tajin.
Located inside the posh private members’ club, Clio, Charles Khabouth’s newest restaurant, Margo, isn’t just a place to dine; it’s a symphony of flavours and stories that converge to create an unforgettable epicurean destination, where every meal is an invitation to explore the world without leaving your seat. Don’t forget to check out the stunning city views from the rooftop.
From the team behind Entoteca Sociale, the menu at Ristorante Sociale is a reflection of the passion and dedication of its skilled chefs. Handcrafted pasta steals the show, with each delicate strand and robust shape telling a story of time-honoured recipes and carefully sourced ingredients. From the richness of earthy mushroom risotto to the comforting embrace of gnocchi in a smoky ricotta tomato sauce, every bite is a testament to the culinary artistry that defines Italian cuisine.
337 King Street West
Hailing from Montreal, Pigeon Café offers a vast menu that serves everything from coffee to cocktails in a setting that makes you feel like you’re in park watching the birds (complete with a tree growing in the middle of the restaurant!). It goes beyond being just a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and epic brunch, it’s a place for anyone seeking an escape from the ordinary.
Ultra Supperclub isn’t just a restaurant; it’s an immersive journey for the senses in midtown. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant transforms into an upscale party, so you don’t have to think twice about bouncing around to different venues. The cuisine is a harmonious fusion of Asian influences, a culinary tapestry woven by renowned chefs who artfully blend flavours, textures, and aromas to create masterpieces that tantalize taste buds. From delicate sashimi to perfectly seared steaks paired with molecular gastronomy creations, each dish is a work of edible art that reflects the restaurant’s commitment to pushing culinary boundaries.
Remember to make reservations in advance, as these hotspots are sure to fill up fast.
Happy dining and bon appétit!
Mme. M. xoxo