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The Best New Restaurants in Toronto, 2010

Posted by Luke Champion / January 7, 2011

Best New Restaurants TorontoThe best new restaurants in Toronto all have one thing in common: each kitchen is headed by a wildly ambitious chef who is helping to raise the bar of the city's culinary scene. Not one of these places has a menu that wasn't given priority over overzealous design and marketing and while many, if not all of these restaurants are lovely inside, it's the food that truly carries them. Even the places that tell you they're making "down home" or "authentic" or "simple" food are doing it with a hand far more confident and capable than anyone's nonna.

So here they are, the best restaurants that opened in Toronto during 2010.

See also:

The Best New Restaurants in Toronto 2009
The Best New Restaurants in Toronto 2008
The Best New Cheap Eats in Toronto 2010
The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto 2010
The Best New Cafes in Toronto 2010
The Best New Bars in Toronto 2010

Top photo of Enoteca Sociale by Pasta e Broccoli

Woodlot

Woodlot

There are two things you should know about Woodlot. The first is that you will be given not one but two menus, one for the carnivores and one for the herbivores. A nice thought seeing as how this city’s love for both charcuterie and veggie restaurants is making the culinary scene increasingly divided. The second thing to know is that it’s all cooked in a wood-burning oven. Of course there is a lot more to the place than that, but I’ll let you figure out the rest for yourselves. More »

Enoteca Sociale

Enoteca Sociale

Hey, remember when everyone went nuts for pizza like they’d never tried it before and traveled from far off lands to the corner of Dundas and Ossington and waited in line for two hours just to eat it? Well get your folding chairs out again because Enoteca Sociale is the new Italian restaurant from the people who brought you Pizzeria Libretto and it’s delicious. More »

Campagnolo

Campagnolo

That Campagnolo – Italian for country bumpkin – makes it’s home in a former Coffee Time is perhaps enough to put them on this list. But that would be selling Chef Craig Harding’s menu short. The rotating list of 13 items takes advantage of Harding’s desire to use fresh, in season ingredients with an emphasis on the hearty kind of no nonsense cooking the name implies. More »

Queen Margherita Pizza

Queen Margherita Pizza

Queen Margherita Pizza is Leslieville’s answer to Pizzeria Libretto, or that’s what the folks in the west end would have you believe. In Leslieville they just call it some of the best pizza in Toronto – and they might be right. At Queen Margherita you’ll find impossibly thin crusts baked to slightly blackened perfection topped both simply and elegantly. More »

Salt Wine Bar

Salt Wine Bar

At long last, we can say, for sure, Salt Wine Bar is open. It’s been a trying year for the Lower Ossington establishment which was shut down in September for violating the moratorium on fun. But now that they’re here to stay, expect Portuguese and Spanish inspired tapas accompanied by a substantial wine list suitable for a quiet night out with the person you’re trying to turn into your better half. More »

Origin Restaurant

Origin Restaurant

Origin is the newest endeavor of chef/mad scientist Claudio Aprile. But unlike his flagship restaurant Colborne Lane, Origin takes things “casual.” Where Colborne Lane approached cuisine as hyper complicated gastro-science fiction, Origin strips away the steps to reveal a chef who doesn’t need to hide behind his liquid nitrogen. But home cooking this is not. Aprile’s casual is still probably about the nicest thing you’ll see on a plate anywhere. More »

Ici Bistro

Ici Bistro

It took a lot to get the doors of Ici Bistro open. Former councilor and hater of fun Joe Pantalone tried to block this high end French restaurant from opening because he was concerned for the well being of the nearby high school kids. Fortunately for us, Ici pushed through and the result is absolutely decadent. More »

Frank's Kitchen

Frank's Kitchen

Located in the heart of Little Italy, Frank’s Kitchen is like the down home version of fine dining French cuisine. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but this isn’t the place you pop into for a quick bite, this is food as an event - a celebration. It’s a full night out, so sit down, take your time and treat it that way. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

Tapcon / January 7, 2011 at 10:47 am
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Cue a bunch of comments complaining about why a restaurant isn't on this list, even though it's been around for several years.
west side dweller / January 7, 2011 at 11:43 am
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What, why isn't The Senator on the list? This list is just another sham from BlogTO.
Yallar Idiots / January 7, 2011 at 11:51 am
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Didn't Guu open this year?
Joe Scratch / January 7, 2011 at 11:52 am
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I'm surprised that Woodlot made #1, given that it wasn't super over-hyped on blogTo like some of these other restaurants. I'd like to see a poll on how many people vote based on actually visiting these places and trying the food instead of voting for whats popular today.
Tim replying to a comment from Yallar Idiots / January 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm
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Guu opened in 2009 and is at the top of last year's list:

http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_new_restaurants_in_toronto_2009/

For some reason, some other sites/media have included restaurants in their 2010 lists that opened in 2009. Places like Guu, Hoof Cafe etc...We have no idea why.
Janine / January 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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West end... REPRESENT!
J replying to a comment from Joe Scratch / January 7, 2011 at 01:21 pm
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Woodlot hasn't been open very long...I don't know if you have been there but I am not remotely suprised that it was number 1. The food is excellent, the wine list is limited but the wines they have selected are excellent, our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and it's a beautiful space. On top of all that, its very reasonably priced and the portions are large. I have been raving about it since going about a month ago. Good choice guys it deserves that spot.
Shee / January 7, 2011 at 01:24 pm
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Thanks, but if it's #1, maybe you could write a review of the Woodlot? The "More" link is nowheresville.
Matt / January 7, 2011 at 03:23 pm
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Looking forward to trying some of these with a crew of fellow foodies to decide if they were worthy of the list.
Ella / January 7, 2011 at 03:39 pm
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I'm surprised that Bar Salumi didn't make this list. In terms of taste and concept, it definitely had the most interesting offerings.
TheRealJohnson / January 7, 2011 at 03:51 pm
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Man. The A&W that just opened on Yonge and Wellesly just missed the cutoff for 2010. Damn good Mozza burgers, let me tells ya.
yt / January 7, 2011 at 05:32 pm
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didn't boehmer open last year?
i thought the rabbit was p. rad.
...it's even on ossington like every other resto on here (!)
Jon / January 7, 2011 at 06:10 pm
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It is worth noting that Chef Michael Tucker (formerly of Cowbell, Le Select and Nota Bene) has been added to the staff at Brockton General and has been working under Chef Rawlings for the last 4 or 5 months. These two are doing some crazy stuff over there.

Amazing 7 course meal on New Years Eve, can't wait to get back.
Luke / January 8, 2011 at 12:02 am
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Thin crust pizza is terrible pizza.

irina / January 14, 2011 at 02:28 am
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why is everything only in the west end? i find that blogTO contributors focus mainly on the west end. that's not representational of toronto at all. what about downtown? dundas west is but one neighbourhood in toronto. let's have a bit more representation. and boehmer is amazing.
pk / February 19, 2011 at 09:01 pm
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what is the ball picture of? and where is it from???
Dynamo / March 1, 2011 at 05:06 pm
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Queen Margherita Pizza is in the east for everyone asking about the east end...as is Origin.
QM- meh.
Origin? WTF? It's an overglorified almagamation of an international buffet- deconstructed into tapas. Give me a break. Nothing special about it at all...other than the celebrity of Claudio Aprile's name...
I have a real problem with the overhype, the over price and the mediocrity of the dishes that follow.

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Looking forward to trying some of these with a crew of fellow foodies to decide if they were worthy of the list.
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