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New Yorkville sushi bar is worth the splurge

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 21, 2014

kujiraAt this new restaurant on Cumberland, sushi is carefully crafted with a balance of flavours. Soy sauce is hardly necessary when each piece arrives with garnishes like arugula pesto, piquant jalapenos or apple purée. In addition to the raw offerings, there are deep bowls of udon soup loaded with karaage.

Read my profile of Kujira in the restaurant section.
Eat & Drink

This week on DineSafe: Mustafa, Furama Bakery, Biryani Hut, TCJ Restaurant, Driftwood Fish & Chips

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 21, 2014

dinesafeThis week on DineSafe, the streak of no closures continues, though Mustafa, the Turkish pide shop on Wilson, comes close with a litany of infractions. Among the 11 offences, hand washing is among the most crucial ... and cringe-worthy.

Here are the rest of the worst on DineSafe this week.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Kosher Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 20, 2014

Kosher Restaurants TorontoThe best kosher restaurants in Toronto strictly adhere to Jewish dietary laws while also dishing out some seriously tasty grub. Whether you're observant or otherwise these restaurants achieves gastronomic feats all in accordance with Jewish dietary law. You might even find yourself wishing they're open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Here are the best kosher restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The top 10 Jewish bakeries in Toronto
Where to buy kosher food in Toronto
The best delis in Toronto
Sports & Play

An insider's guide to Toronto with Anthony Rose

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 20, 2014

Anthony Rose TorontoChef Anthony Rose has just debuted his latest project, the compact Schmaltz Appetizing store devoted to Jewish-style brunch foods. It's the latest in a string of eateries - which also include Fat Pasha, Big Crow and Rose & Sons - where familiar foods get a luxe spin.

For a chef who's now slinging $45 bagels smothered in caviar, you might expect his tastes to be of the champagne variety. Surprisingly, that's not the case: his go-to favourites in Toronto, for the most part, veer from what's trendy and "happening", and are instead made up of long-standing stalwarts and oft-overlooked old-school joints.

Like most chef/restaurateurs, downtime is scarce, so I asked Chef Rose to share how he makes the most of his time off. His ideal day in Toronto might surprise you, or at the very least offer up some new spots to try out.

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Where to eat a $45 bagel smothered in caviar

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 20, 2014

schmaltz torontoEverything you need to host an over-indulgent Jewish-style brunch is in stock at this new outlet from chef Anthony Rose. At the crux of the concept is the humble bagel and every possible nosherye to dress them up. From cheeses and schmears to smoked, cured and pickled fishes and caviar, the whole store is available in bulk to go - or to be made into thick bagel sandwiches behind the counter.

Read my profile of Schmaltz Appetizing in the grocery section.
Best of Toronto

The Best Pho in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 17, 2014

Pho TorontoThe best pho in Toronto will fill you up and warm you from the inside out. Whether topped with rosy, paper-thin sliced meats, luscious tripe and tendons, or floating meatballs, these steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup can incite divisive allegiances and fierce debates amongst pho enthusiasts.

For me, what sets one bowl apart from another comes down to the quality of the broth. It should be almost clear - not murky - and imparted with complex flavours developed through hours-long simmering, then perked up with a little fish sauce at the end. The finishing touch: A selection of DIY additions including vibrant herbs, sprouts and chilis.

Here are the best bowls of pho in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Banh Mi in Toronto
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