All stories by Renée Suen

Introducing: Dandylion, a modern bistro on Queen West from former Centro chef Ja... Introducing: Dandylion, a modern bistro on Queen West from former Centro chef Jay Carter

Name: Dandylion Contact Info: 1198 Queen St. W., 647-464-9100, restaurantdandylion.com Neighbourhood: West Queen West Chef/Owner: Jay Carter, who worked for 10 years under Susur Lee (first at Susur, then Lee) before becoming executive chef at Centro The Menu: “I want people to feel nourished and revived,” says chef Carter of his debut menu. His dishes are… Read more »

Introducing: Wahlburgers, the new Toronto outpost of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlb... Introducing: Wahlburgers, the new Toronto outpost of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg’s Boston burger shop

Name: Wahlburgers Contact Info: 46 Blue Jays Way, 416-489-8922, wahlburgers.ca, @WahlburgersCA Neighbourhood: Entertainment District Owners: The Wahlberg brothers (Mark, Donnie and Paul), Starwood Group president Bruce Greenbeerg, Metropolitan Hotels president Henry Wu and Difference Capital executive chairman Michael Wekerle. Chefs: Executive chef Paul Wahlberg and head chef Vincent Leung, who’s also the chef de cuisine… Read more »

Introducing: Pizzeria Libretto’s much-anticipated (and PATH-accessible) do... Introducing: Pizzeria Libretto’s much-anticipated (and PATH-accessible) downtown location

Name: Pizzeria Libretto Contact Info: 155 University Ave., 416-551-0433, pizzerialibretto.com, @PizzaLibretto Owner: Libretto Restaurant Group Executive Chef and Partner: Rocco Agostino Chefs di “Cucina”: Tiffany Wong and sous chef Carmen Mach The Food: The new Libretto serves the same simple, seasonal food as the chain’s Ossington and Danforth locations. The menu is divided between rustic… Read more »

Introducing: Fresh Off The Boat, a new seafood sandwich shop on Queen West Introducing: Fresh Off The Boat, a new seafood sandwich shop on Queen West

Name: Fresh Off The Boat Contact Info: 404 Queen St. W., 416-603-3333, @FOTB416 Previously: IWing Pizza & Wings Neighbourhood: Queen West Owner/Chef: Quinten Tran, one of the founders of the Buster’s Sea Cove food truck The Food: The chalkboard menu lists about a dozen seafood sandwiches, salads and other dishes, most of which have a… Read more »

Introducing: Gaslight, a new neighbourhood local on Bloor West Introducing: Gaslight, a new neighbourhood local on Bloor West

Name: Gaslight Contact Info: 1426 Bloor St. W., 647-402-9728 Previously: Zocalo Neighbourhood: Junction Triangle Owners: Megan Jones (Reposado) and Tim Pritchard (Communist’s Daughter), who have a combined 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry Chefs: Head chef Michael Greer and consulting chef Garth Legree, the former chef de cuisine at The County General and… Read more »

Introducing: Little Fin, the mix-and-match seafood restaurant from the owners of... Introducing: Little Fin, the mix-and-match seafood restaurant from the owners of The Chase

Name: Little Fin Contact Info: 4 Temperance St., 647-348-7000, littlefin.ca, @Little_Fin Previously: Italian restaurant Fiore Neighbourhood: Financial District Owner: The Chase Hospitality Group (headed by president Steven Salm), which is also behind The Chase, The Chase Fish & Oyster, and Colette Grand Cafe Executive Chef: The Chase Fish & Oyster chef Nigel Finley The Food:… Read more »

Introducing: Buca Yorkville, Rob Gentile’s long-awaited spin-off near the ... Introducing: Buca Yorkville, Rob Gentile’s long-awaited spin-off near the Four Seasons

Name: Buca Osteria & Bar Contact Info: 53 Scollard St. (entrance is through the Four Seasons courtyard on Yorkville Ave.), 416-962-2822, buca.ca, @bucayorkville Neighbourhood: Yorkville Owners: Peter Tsebelis, Gus Giazitizidis and Rob Gentile of King Street Food Company Chefs: Executive chef Rob Gentile and chef de cuisine Ryan Campbell The Food: Billed as the coastal… Read more »

Introducing: The Tempered Room, a mouthwatering new patisserie in Parkdale Introducing: The Tempered Room, a mouthwatering new patisserie in Parkdale

Name: The Tempered Room Contact Info: 1374 Queen St. W., 416-546-4374, thetemperedroom.com, @thetemperedroom Neighbourhood: Parkdale Previously: Brown Sugar Bakery ‎Owner/Chef: Bertrand Alépée, owner of The Tempered Chef catering company and former co-owner and chef at the now-shuttered Amuse-Bouche bistro Pastry Chef: Tyler Lang, also from Amuse-Bouche The Food: Gorgeous mousse cakes, bombes, tarts, croissants, custard-filled… Read more »

Introducing: Yunaghi, the Japanese tasting restaurant that replaced Ici Bistro o... Introducing: Yunaghi, the Japanese tasting restaurant that replaced Ici Bistro on Harbord

Name: Yunaghi, Gastronomie Japonaise Contact Info: 538 Manning Ave., 416-588-7862, faceboook.com, @yunaghi_toronto Previously: Ici Bistro Neighbourhood: Little Italy Owners: Yurika (who used to work at Ryoji), and Yasuko Miyata Chefs: Executive chef Tetsuya Shimizu (formerly the sous chef at Yours Truly and chef-consultant for Ryoji’s recently overhauled menu) and sous chef Koichi Fujioka (Hapa Izakaya… Read more »

Completo brings South American fast food to Leslieville Completo brings South American fast food to Leslieville

Completo, the sandwich shop that moved into the old Le Matin bakery space at Queen Street and Coady Avenue, is named after a type of elaborately topped Chilean hot dog (“completo” is Spanish for “the works”). The Leslieville version is more sandwich than dog—it consists of griddled steak, pork or chorizo sausage heaped on a… Read more »

Introducing: DaiLo (formerly GwaiLo), Nick Liu’s long-awaited “Asian brasserie” Introducing: DaiLo (formerly GwaiLo), Nick Liu’s long-awaited “Asian brasserie”

Name: DaiLo Contact Info: 503 College St., dailoto.com, @DaiLoTO Previously: Grace bistro, which ended its six-year run last February Neighbourhood: Little Italy Owners: Nick Liu, Anton Potvin, and husband-and-wife team David Dattels and Jen Grant Chef: Former Niagara Street Café chef Nick Liu, who’s been planning this restaurant for years The Food: This is the… Read more »

Introducing: Montecito, the Ivan Reitman-owned restaurant near TIFF Bell Lightbo... Introducing: Montecito, the Ivan Reitman-owned restaurant near TIFF Bell Lightbox

Name: Montecito Contact Info: 299 Adelaide St. W., 416-599-0299, montecitorestaurant.ca, @Montecito_TO Neighbourhood: Entertainment District Owners: Ivan Reitman, Jonathan Waxman (of Babuto fame), and Tom and Jordan Bitove (from Innov8 Hospitality, the group behind Wayne Gretzky’s) Executive Chef: Matt Robertson, the former executive chef at Reds Midtown The Food: The daily-changing menu blends Waxman’s signature California… Read more »

Introducing: Colette Grand Café, the palatial new French restaurant in the Thom... Introducing: Colette Grand Café, the palatial new French restaurant in the Thompson Hotel

Name: Colette Grand Café and Bakery Contact Info: 550 Wellington St. W., 647-348-7000, colettetoronto.com, @colettetoronto Neighbourhood: King West Previously: Scarpetta, celebrity chef Scott Conant’s short-lived Italian restaurant Owner: The Chase Hospitality Group (headed by president Steven Salm), which is also behind The Chase, The Chase Fish and Oyster, and soon-to-open Little Fin Chefs: Executive Chef… Read more »

Introducing: Little Sister, a new Indonesian snack bar from the owners of Quince... Introducing: Little Sister, a new Indonesian snack bar from the owners of Quince bistro

Name: Little Sister Contact Info: 2031 Yonge St., 416-488-2031, littlesistertoronto.com, @littlesisterto Neighbourhood: Davisville Village Previously: Lucca Fine Linens, a fancy home shop Owners: Michael van de Winkel and Jennifer Gittins, who also own Quince Bistro Chef: Michael van de Winkel The Food: Chef van de Winkel grew up in Amsterdam and spent time working as… Read more »

Introducing: Pai, the new Thai clubhouse from Nuit and Jeff Regular Introducing: Pai, the new Thai clubhouse from Nuit and Jeff Regular

Name: Pai Neighbourhood: King West Contact Info: 18 Duncan St., 416-901-4724, paitoronto.com, @PaiToronto Previously: A Golden Griddle Owners: Sukhothai and Sabai Sabai owners Jeff and Nuit Regular, with Janet Zuccarini (who also owns Gusto 101) Executive Chef: Nuit Regular The Food: Thai food experts Nuit and Jeff Regular are slowly introducing Torontonians to Thailand’s full… Read more »