New Restaurant Reviews

Review: At King West’s Wilbur Mexicana, grilled veggies are the way to go Review: At King West’s Wilbur Mexicana, grilled veggies are the way to go

Wilbur Mexicana 552 King St. W., 416-792-1878 Wilbur Mexicana 552 King St. W., 416-792-1878 Somewhere on the spectrum between Mexican fast food chains and hipster taco joints is Wilbur on King West. Diners order at the counter, grab bottles of Mexican cerveza (or craft sodas from a state-of-the-art fountain) and take a seat in a… Read more »

Review: Parlor Foods and Co. serves Canadiana (and oddly delicious cheddar ice c... Review: Parlor Foods and Co. serves Canadiana (and oddly delicious cheddar ice cream) on King West

Parlor Foods and Co. 333 King St. W., 416-596-0004 Parlor Foods and Co. 333 King St. W., 416-596-0004 Barnboard and burlap give Parlor a cottagey feel. On the menu are the hallmarks of modern Canadian cuisine: maple syrup, smoked salmon and pickerel, and local wines, small-batch spirits and craft beers. Onion tots, served piping hot… Read more »

Review: Nana serves fiery Thai food stall dishes to Queen West heat-seekers Review: Nana serves fiery Thai food stall dishes to Queen West heat-seekers

Nana 785 Queen St. W., 647-352-5773 Nana 785 Queen St. W., 647-352-5773 Of the many new wave Thai places to open in the last year, this diminutive spot, run by Khao San Road’s gregarious chef-owner Monte Wan, hits the most food stall-by-the-side-of-a-road notes, between the cobblestone floor, red plastic stools, and cases of Chang beer… Read more »

Review: Città makes for a fun CityPlace hangout, but don’t expect top-not... Review: Città makes for a fun CityPlace hangout, but don’t expect top-notch Italian

Città 92 Fort York Blvd., 416-623-9662 Città 92 Fort York Blvd., 416-623-9662 The new casual Italian restaurant in CityPlace’s condo village is the latest project from Toronto’s resto-lounge titan Hanif Harji, who hired chef Ben Heaton fresh off the closing of his critically celebrated—though frequently empty Dundas West Brit pub—The Grove. The place has a… Read more »

Review: Ovest serves delicate, rustic Italian dishes to the King West crowd Review: Ovest serves delicate, rustic Italian dishes to the King West crowd

Ovest ½ 788 King St. W., 416-214-6161 Ovest ½ 788 King St. W., 416-214-6161 The rustic-meets-industrial decor of this new, massive King West spot will be familiar to those who’ve sampled the city’s trendiest Italian spots, as will the enthusiastic, accented service. Cranked prices reflect the fashion-conscious clientele (Liberty Villagers and King West nightlifers) who… Read more »

Review: Bar Fancy, Jonathan Poon’s new snack bar on Queen West, is an easy win Review: Bar Fancy, Jonathan Poon’s new snack bar on Queen West, is an easy win

Bar Fancy 1070 Queen St. W., 416-546-1416 Bar Fancy 1070 Queen St. W., 416-546-1416 With Chantecler, Jonathan Poon proved he could make an ambitious restaurant work in down-and-out Parkdale. His latest project is comparatively easy: a casual snack and drinks place, reached down an alley, smack in the middle of the Queen West bachelorette party… Read more »

Review: Dandylion brings intricate, Scandinavian-influenced dishes to Queen West Review: Dandylion brings intricate, Scandinavian-influenced dishes to Queen West

Dandylion ½ 1198 Queen St. W., 647-464-9100 Dandylion ½ 1198 Queen St. W., 647-464-9100 Jay Carter spent a decade cooking under Susur and two years as exec chef at Centro before striking out on his own. His dad helped renovate a former bar into a cramped but elegantly understated room of polished concrete, softly lit… Read more »

Review: Yunaghi, the Japanese bistro at Harbord and Manning, is unusual but rewa... Review: Yunaghi, the Japanese bistro at Harbord and Manning, is unusual but rewarding

Yunaghi ½ 538 Manning Ave., 416-588-7862 Yunaghi ½ 538 Manning Ave., 416-588-7862 Before opening this peculiar but ultimately rewarding Japanese bistro, the chef Tetsuya Shimizu spent 12 years studying kaiseki in Tokyo and two years in the kitchen at Yours Truly, the recently shuttered molecular gastronomy restaurant on Ossington. Both inform his set-course dinners of… Read more »

Review: Nuit Social is a slice of civilized heaven on West Queen West Review: Nuit Social is a slice of civilized heaven on West Queen West

Nuit Social 1168 Queen St. W., 647-350-6848 Nuit Social 1168 Queen St. W., 647-350-6848 The strip of Queen West between Ossington and Dufferin has always needed a grown-up alternative to the late-night pubs, poutine and pizza that feed The Drake’s and The Gladstone’s club crowd. It finally has one. At 11 p.m. on a Friday,… Read more »

Review: Mr. Flamingo has tons of cool cred (and pretty great food) Review: Mr. Flamingo has tons of cool cred (and pretty great food)

Mr. Flamingo 1265 Dundas St. W., 647-351-1100 Mr. Flamingo 1265 Dundas St. W., 647-351-1100 The staff at the new 34-seat restaurant on the corner of Dundas West is a dream team of food-world hipsters. The place is owned by Mikey Apples, who also owns the dive club Bambi’s downstairs, and Fan Zhang, the former chef… Read more »

Review: Nodo, the Junction’s new red-sauce restaurant, serves crowd-pleasi... Review: Nodo, the Junction’s new red-sauce restaurant, serves crowd-pleasing (if unrefined) classics

Nodo 2885 Dundas St. W., 416-901-1559 Nodo 2885 Dundas St. W., 416-901-1559 Across from the Indie Ale House microbrewery and beside Cantina’s taco party, comes a solid new red-sauce restaurant—the third point in a triangle of dining trends. The owners are three Italian guys who’ve been friends since high school, and they’ve seemingly instilled that… Read more »

Review: The fusion cooking at Patois is bold, ambitious and strangely satisfying Review: The fusion cooking at Patois is bold, ambitious and strangely satisfying

Patois ½ 794 Dundas St. W., 647-350-8999 Patois ½ 794 Dundas St. W., 647-350-8999 The latest fusion to hit the Toronto dining scene is Asian-Caribbean, courtesy of chef Craig Wong, whose Chinese family lived in Jamaica for three generations. The room feels just like an island patio—it’s loud, kitschy, crowded and sweltering. Wong swirls together… Read more »

Review: Thoroughbred on Richmond Street West is an excellent post-work party spo... Review: Thoroughbred on Richmond Street West is an excellent post-work party spot

Thoroughbred 304 Richmond St. W., 416-551-9221 Thoroughbred 304 Richmond St. W., 416-551-9221 The DJ’s electro-indie-pop thrums and the well-crafted cocktails go down far too easy at this quintessential after-work party spot. The owners debuted their high-low concept at the Underground Market, where they sold foie gras pop tarts. Thoroughbred’s sharing menus (one vegetarian, one omnivorous)… Read more »

Review: Leslieville’s Eastside Social may be the perfect neighbourhood local Review: Leslieville’s Eastside Social may be the perfect neighbourhood local

Eastside Social ½ 1008 Queen St. E., 416-461-5663 Eastside Social ½ 1008 Queen St. E., 416-461-5663 The ideal neighbourhood local—not too crowded, not too noisy, just-right prices—can be found in Leslieville. Eastside Social’s nautical theme (brass porthole outside, lobster trap–shaped lights within) is campy without being kitsch, and the food, cooked by former Ceili Cottage… Read more »

Review: Colette Grand Café is expensive, conservative and mostly good Review: Colette Grand Café is expensive, conservative and mostly good

Colette Grand Café ½ 550 Wellington St. W., 647-348-7000 Colette Grand Café ½ 550 Wellington St. W., 647-348-7000 The new restaurant in the Thompson Hotel is ultra-polished and styled after an airy Riviera brasserie. It’s run by the Chase Hospitality Group and radiates—for better or worse, depending on your dining tastes—a corporate vibe.