“Toronto can’t sustain fine dining restaurants.” —Controversial words from Jonathan Poon, the chef and co-owner of Parkdale restaurant Chantecler, as quoted in a recent profile by Post City. Poon, whose Queen West restaurant employs a two-tiered menu system (affordable snacks during the week; refined tasting menu on the weekends), is soon to open his second… Read more »
Last week, we broke the news that Chantecler chef and co-owner Jonathan Poon was the restaurateur behind the mysterious golden storefront pictured above, near the corner of Queen and Shaw. Now we’ve got some more details about Bar Fancy—which, it turns out, is something of a misnomer. “Despite the name Fancy, we are not going… Read more »
For a couple months now, we’ve been keeping an eye on the Twitter account for Bar Fancy, a new restaurant scheduled to open on Queen West this fall. The psychedelic pizza avatar may not scream “serious culinary endeavor,” but we’d bet good money that it’s a new restaurant from Chantecler co-owner and chef Jonathan Poon, which… Read more »
By Kelly Reid | Photography by Vicky Lam | Styling by Andrew Bullis/Judy Inc Chefs are taking house-made ice creams and sorbets to new heights, goosing them with herbs, spices and savoury flavours to wildly delicious effect. Here, our picks for the city’s top 10 frozen desserts. See all 10 desserts »
By Mark Pupo | Photography by Dave Gillespie | Illustrations by Kagan McLeod I’d gladly spend every night in a bar seat facing the open kitchen at Chantecler. Two scruffy young chefs squeeze past one another in a tiny space, cooking with a tabletop deep fryer and an electric stove. Despite the constraints, they produce… Read more »
By Mark Pupo | Photography by Dave Gillespie How to narrow down thousands of gratifying forkfuls into one definitive list? Easy. These are the dishes I’d order again and again, in descending order of deliciousness. See all 10 best dishes of the year »
Photograph by Ryan Szulc Who better to guide a fantasy food tour than a chef? We asked some of the city’s top culinary talents to walk us through their ideal day in Toronto restaurant meals. grant van gameren Bar Isabel BREAKFAST “The Federal on Dundas West is my breakfast local. I always get the Cubano… Read more »
Bar snacks are big right now, which means the finger-licking chicken wing is, too. Here, seven of the best chicken wings in Toronto By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Vicky Lam See all seven best chicken wings in Toronto »
STUFFED ONIONS By Jonathan Poon Chantecler
Toronto Life’s roundup of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag. Bar Isabel holds strong at the top and Jack Bauer’s presence pulls a normally buzz-free tavern into the number ten spot.
Claudio Aprile closed Colborne Lane in February with little notice in order to focus on his growing stable of Origin restaurants. Last night, at Origin Liberty Village, Aprile enlisted six of the top chefs who’ve passed through Colborne’s kitchen—Matt Blondin (Momofuku Daishō), Steve Gonzalez (Top Chef Canada), David Haman (Woodlot), Ben Heaton (The Grove), Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) and Andrew… Read more »
It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »
The steak house app has gotten freaky lately, with everything from raw beef heart to pine bark and elderberry mustard. Here, the top five.
Toronto Life’s weekly assessment of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag. On Monday, the contestants for season three of Top Chef Canada were announced, catapulting their respective restaurants onto this week’s power rankings. Meanwhile, the mighty power of the Biebs bumps up the hype for an Annex diner, and… Read more »