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The 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for spring 2014

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 24, 2014

spring restaurant openings torontoToronto restaurant openings continue at an untamed pace this spring, promising the imminent arrival of innovative new culinary fusions, regionally specific specialties, and even more street food-inspired fare.

Here are the 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings on our radar this spring.

Lucky Red
The new bao shop from Banh Mi Boys plans to offer steamed buns, noodle bowls and Vietnamese desserts. The Spadina shop is slated for a May opening and will offer take-away and quick service dining in an industrial inspired space.

This Elm Street sandwich shop from the same team as the adjacent Barberian's Steakhouse still has us licking our chops in anticipation. The menu will feature generous helpings of homestyle Canadian comfort foods in A-grade steakhouse style. Think meatloaf, fried baloney and peameal sandwiches.

Hoping to open in April or May, this Dundas West restaurant from French-trained chef Craig Wong will meld his own Jamaican-Chinese heritage and offer a fusion of cuisine described as Caribbean meets Asian soul food. Juicy Jerk chicken done churrasco-style on a rotisserie will play a starring role on the menu which will be served family style, a la traditional Chinese restaurants. The bar menu will experiment with housemade ginger beers and rum punches and the vibe, I'm told, will be a party every night.

Fat Pasha
Construction at Anthony Rose's new restaurant on Dupont is nearing completion, and the dining room is poised to open mid April. On the menu, expect a mash-up of Israeli and European-Jewish foods like hummus topped with roasted brisket or beet root horseradish, plus innovative cocktails like one currently in development that uses Kosher Manischewitz wine.

Los Colibris
Due for a late April or early May opening, this restaurant, with a name meaning the hummingbirds, is perched on top of the recently opened El Caballito tequila bar and will offer a more formal dining experience focused on traditional Mexican flavours developed by Executive chef Elia Herrera.

Now going by just Rasa (they dropped the "Tabula," pleasing philosophy profs everywhere), this new Harbord Village restaurant is slated to become the flagship location for the Food Dudes food truck and catering company. Taking over the former address of Momo's, the dining room and patio should make a late spring debut, while a street food style takeout counter will be added in the fall.

Market Street Catch
Part of the new restaurant row in St. Lawrence Market, this seafood grill plans to offer four types of tacos, including octopus and seared tuna, plus, lobster, crab and shrimp rolls. Tom Antonarakis (Buster's Sea Cove) hopes to debut the 30-seat licensed eatery and take-away counter in early April. Oh, and in time for warmer weather, there will be a 14-seat patio too.

Barsa Taberna
Also on Market street, this upmarket Spanish eatery is nearly ready to open. Inspired by the vibrant culture of Barcelona, Executive Chef Michael Smith is gearing up to offer tapas and small shared plates rooted in Spanish cuisine but that also embrace global flavours.

Details about Susur Lee's new restaurant located inside the Soho Metropolitan Hotel are still scarce but the concept is rumoured to be set to launch in late April. Transformation is underway in the former Senses restaurant courtesy of Brenda Bent and Karen Gable, while the menu of classic Chinese dishes and dim sum is being developed with a nod towards the culinary traditions of Guangzhou, Hunan and Szechuan regions.

Located on Duncan, this new restaurant from Nuit and Jeff Regular (the same duo behind Sabai Sabai and Sukhothai) plans to zero in on home town recipes from the namesake Northern Thai province near the Myanmar border. The restaurant is almost good to go, and it could be only a matter of days or weeks before we're chowing down.

Honourable Mentions:

Lead photo by Erin Scott from Yummy Supper at Market Street Catch



416 / March 24, 2014 at 02:34 pm
People's Eatery - 307 Spadina Avenue

Derek replying to a comment from Chris / March 24, 2014 at 02:42 pm
Or sloppy reading. Hint.
Terry replying to a comment from Chris / March 24, 2014 at 02:45 pm
CHILL OUT BRO! These restaurants aren't even open yet so its probably a stock shot, or from another restaurant. Probably a generic food shot to entice the tummy. Got it?
Terry replying to a comment from Derek / March 24, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Ahh Yes I found it. Let's see if now it gets blamed on layout or usability.
MC replying to a comment from Chris / March 24, 2014 at 02:59 pm
Lead photo from Market Street Catch
Marky Mark / March 24, 2014 at 03:24 pm
Wahlburgers on Blue Jay Way and Me Va Me on Queen (opening January 2014 my a$$)
Wallbangers / March 24, 2014 at 03:36 pm
yt / March 24, 2014 at 04:16 pm
i don't think there's enough snark's not like captioning images is s.o.p for...i dunno everything.
W. K. Lis / March 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
...and the food trucks.
Tim / March 24, 2014 at 04:58 pm
There's a box ad showing up on my article view, I need to know who designed it by EOD!
moses / March 24, 2014 at 08:47 pm
Since when is Hummus being classified as a jewish food? Terrible Cultural appropriation attempt.
Brad replying to a comment from moses / March 25, 2014 at 08:53 am
If you read the full sentence before making a knee jerk reaction it says: "mash-up of Israeli and European-Jewish foods like hummus topped with roasted brisket or beet root horseradish". I would say that Hummus topped with Brisket could be described as a mashup of jewish food.
Britt / March 25, 2014 at 09:53 am
Gotta wonder if that lead photo actually belongs to the source as claimed:

... unless Yummy Supper is opening a restaurant?

erin scott {yummy supper} / March 25, 2014 at 11:04 am
The image of salmon at the top of this post is mine and is protected by copyright. Can you please add proper photo credit and a link to my original image...
Also the image is vertical not horizontal.
Erin Scott
erin scott {yummy supper} replying to a comment from Britt / March 25, 2014 at 11:09 am
BTW... thanks Britt for looking out for me and my images!
Aubrey replying to a comment from erin scott {yummy supper} / March 25, 2014 at 11:47 am
Hi Erin, noted, we've added your name and a link to your site to the photo cred!
erin {yummysupper} / March 25, 2014 at 11:58 am
Hi Aubrey... thanks for the credit, though it should read "Erin Scott from Yummy Supper." Market Street Catch isn't authorized to use my photo and my image has nothing to do with their business.
Erin Scott
Vybz Kartel / March 25, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Terry / March 25, 2014 at 08:16 pm
Looks like the Market Street Catch got bustered (seacove)! using other peoples food as their own. Seems that there is already a Catch seafood restaurant in Toronto as well already. Something smells fishy here....LOL
Paul / March 25, 2014 at 08:46 pm
As a fellow photographer it never ceases to amaze me how common place photo thievery is. I myself have caught others using my photos without credit. We as artists want to be paid for our work. Out of camaraderie I will not eat at this place of business
Hina / March 26, 2014 at 06:03 am
Fabulous stuff!! glad to have info about this...I am planning to running Chain of Restaurants in Newport...I need little bit of help from your side before implementing this which are important criteria we has to look out...
PooSi...can't wait! / March 26, 2014 at 07:53 am
According to Ford, the best in town can be had at a new, hot little hole-in-the-wall spot in Etobicoke called Renata's.
Basil / March 28, 2014 at 04:45 pm
you should start looking into sei47 on College st. 647 college st. which will open in a month and half from now! the newest restobar.
prem / March 28, 2014 at 09:53 pm
hi im indian chef as i have very good experience about indian food as I have experience from five star hotels restaurant now looking job any country if further somebody need indian chef you can contect me at my email>
Amanda replying to a comment from Terry / August 26, 2014 at 09:10 pm
This image actually belongs to a food blogger I follow, its her recipe.
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