Madame Marie’s Guide to the Best New Toronto Restaurants – Fall 2022
The crisp air means that fall is just around the corner, and the city has no shortage of new restaurants worth visiting.
My latest roundup includes the freshest venues that are worth spending your precious dollars and hours. All you have to do is book a reservation!
Alder, the Ace Hotel’s swanky signature restaurant led by Chef Patrick Kriss, opened its doors in August. The majority of items on its Mediterranean-inspired menu are kissed by the wood-fired grill and, like Kriss’ other restaurants, seasonality and sourcing are of utmost importance. Alder’s rotating menu will give patrons a reason to visit again and again—and admire the stunning architecture and ambiance while there.
Don Alfonso 1890
1 Harbour Square (inside the Westin Harbour Castle)
While Don Alfonso 1890 isn’t a new restaurant per se, its location on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle is. The restaurant is the first North American outpost of a two Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name in Italy (I’ve been, and it’s incredible). Toronto patrons can now experience this one Michelin-starred restaurant featuring Chef Daniele Corona’s tasting menu, featuring the signature eel gelato, as well as an extensive wine list. The gorgeous 90-seat space is immaculately designed, and features the best art there is: a 360-degree view of the city and Lake Ontario.
Yorkville’s newest cocktail bar, Parc Ave, embodies the poshness of its neighbourhood in every sense of the word. Its Prohibition-themed décor gives a nod to the 1920s. This is more than just a bar for a unique nightlife experience—patrons will be awestruck by their carefully crafted cocktails that are consumable works of art. Kaluga Gold Caviar, truffle popcorn and warm pretzels are available to nosh on as well.
Prime Seafood Palace
944 Queen Street West
Matty Matheson debuted his shiny new steakhouse on Queen Street West this summer, and it had people talking long before it opened. Other than some of the most prime cuts in the city (hello, A5 wagyu striploins), the menu is chock full of indulgences, such as Kristal caviar by the gram, a meaty halibut fillet smothered with beurre blanc and topped with trout roe, and more approachable offerings as well (many of which are sourced from Matheson’s own farm).
Skylight is the W Toronto’s rooftop bar and restaurant, serving curated cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. An extensive raw bar with three types of caviar, oysters as well as a jaw-dropping seafood tower are menu crowd-pleasers, while the grilled harissa chicken and hummus and shawarma make for the perfect shareable plates. With breathtaking city views, it’s an enchanting oasis in the heart of midtown.
128A Sterling Road
Spaccio West is the newest addition to the growing Terroni empire, making its home in the former Drake Commissary space. Not only does the 8000-square foot space offer fresh Italian food, such as oven-fresh breads, pizzas and pasta, but there’s also a storefront stocked with fresh and frozen Terroni and Sud Forno products. Open for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner.
Kensington Market recently got a Chinese food upgrade with the debut of Sunnys Chinese, from the same team behind MIMI Chinese. Guests will adore the casual, lively space and delight in dishes chock full of flavour. There’s also an impressive selection of natural wines and funky-tasting Baijiu, a Chinese liquor that’s a rare find in Canada.