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The 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for fall 2015

The restaurant scene in Toronto is due for an influx of new eateries this fall and the crop looks as promising as ever. The forecast calls for a season full of game meats, offal, ramen, mac n' cheese, and more comfort foods to indulge cold weather cravings.

Here are my picks for the 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for fall 2015.

Loka
This pop-up snack bar conceived by Chef Dave Mottershall is soon to open at 620 Queen St. West, (formerly Del Ray), after crushing his Kickstarter fundraising goal. Mottershall has already earned a reputation for turning out offal-y good dishes including hot-sauced chicken hearts, "crispy pig face", and "pig macks".

Bar Begonia
Anthony Rose is opening a Parisian bar this fall on Dupont, just down the street from his other wildly popular restaurants, Rose & Sons, Fat Pasha, Big Crow & Schmaltz. This will be his sixth restaurant and not only will it boast a beautiful front patio, but also a backyard outfitted for cocktail friendly recreational sports like bocce ball and tetherball.

Bobbie Sue's
Does the prospect of eating gourmet mac n' cheese out of a shack excite you? The folks behind Poutini's will make it a reality early next month at 162 Ossington Ave. at the corner of Foxley. Look forward to the all-time comfort food dressed up with smoked chicken and blue cheese sauce mac, or curry, tuna and peas.

Antler
Moving into This End Up's former address at 1454 Dundas St. West, Michael Hunter (ex-Reds Wine Tavern) is opening this restaurant with game and foraged finds on the menu.

Palinka Bar & Bisztro
Little Italy is soon to gain a new destination for modern Hungarian cuisine. The new restaurant is in the works at 585 College St. taking over the storefront which used to house Millefiori Florist.

Kiu
The team behind Ramen Isshin are expanding to Markham and opening at 169 Enterprise Blvd. The 140-seat restaurant is due to debut in October and will offer an upmarket omakase menu, cocktails and oysters.

Morimoto
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is partnering with restaurant impresarios Charles Khabouth (INK) and Hanif Harji (Icon Legacy) to open his first Canadian restaurant in the coming months. The Japanese restaurant is going in at the Theatre Park building at 224 King Street West.

Ramen Kyouka
East side ramen lovers will soon have a noodle house to call their own. In time for colder weather, expect this new Japanese eatery to open at 2222 Queen St. East in the Beach(es).

Shameful Tiki Room
This Vancouver-based tiki bar is set to migrate eastward just as the weather turns cold. Opening in Parkdale at 1378 Queen St. West, expect vintage cocktails accompanied by curries, rum-braised ribs, and bamboo prawn skewers Bamboo Prawn skewers with Polynesian rice.

Indian Street Food Company
The newest incarnation of Amaya Indian Room (1701 Bayview Ave.) is due any time now. The revamped restaurant is expected to offer a menu of mid-priced small plates and snack foods plus biryanis and curries.

What did I miss? Add more anticipated openings to the comments.

Photo of Ramen Isshin.


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