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The Best New Restaurants in Toronto, 2012

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 17, 2013

best new restaurants torontoThe best new restaurants in Toronto that opened in 2012 could not be any more diverse, with innovative restaurateurs drawing on their own experiences to bring unique new flavours, techniques, and cultural influences to the forefront of our ever evolving dining scene. From juicy tenderloins, to hearty bowls of ramen, or Cantonese-style short ribs, there's no shortage of drool-worthy new dining options to choose from.

Here is the list of the best new restaurants in Toronto in 2012.

See also:

The best new restaurants in Toronto, 2011
The best new restaurants in Toronto, 2010
The best new cheap eats in Toronto, 2012
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2012
The best new bars in Toronto, 2012

Hopgood's Foodliner

Hopgood's Foodliner

Serving up East Coast hospitality courtesy of Hoof Cafe veteran chef Geoff Hopgood, this Roncesvalles eatery has earned high praise since opening. The maritime-themed restaurant distinguishes itself with regional delicacies like the Halifax donair and a focus on sourcing and showcasing fresh, sustainable seafood. More »

Ursa

Ursa

This West Queen West eatery won hearts this year with artfully plated, technically driven dishes that aim to highlight the quality and nutritiousness of each ingredient. Though the menu and even the style of cooking changes frequently, patrons have been consistently impressed with Ursa's fun libations and attentive service. More »

La Carnita

La Carnita

This pop-up/TUM favourite opened to brisk business this past year on College Street, finally offering fans a permanent destination to get their fix of Voltron-sauced tacos. Inside, expect a casual, laid back atmosphere with the menu, decor, and even soundtrack all maintaining La Carnita's signature street-vendor vibe. More »

Kinton Ramen

Kinton Ramen

This past year saw an influx of new ramen shops across the city, but none have seen the acclaim (or line-ups) so much as this new noodle bar in Baldwin Village, from the same team behind Guu. Open seven days a week, Kinton has become a hotbed of authentic ramen activity, and a go-to destination for housemade noodles and soups. More »

Bent

Bent

Bent opened to much enthusiasm last fall, adding a little global influence to the Dundas Street West dining landscape. Kai and Levi Bent-Lee (sons of Susur) have made this restaurant their own, catering to a discerning clientele with inventive offerings from the raw and hot kitchen menus. More »

Hawker Bar

Hawker Bar

This Ossington Avenue snack bar serves up Singapore-style street food until late, each night of the week. Satisfying plates of chicken wings and bowls of Laska (spicy noodle soup) have become instant favourites amongst the rowdy bar crowd. More »

Bestellen

Bestellen

From Top Chef Canada alum Rob Rossi, this upscale modern steakhouse is a true meat lover's paradise. Hand-chopped steak tartare, house-cured charcuterie, and daily cuts of beef or lamb steal all of the menu's glory. Not to mention, there's a noteworthy list of inventive cocktails and buck-a-shuck oysters served daily from 6-7 pm. More »

Chantecler

Chantecler

Situated in Parkdale, this Queen Street spot went from taking Grand Electric's overflow to being a destination in its own right. Though the menu is ever-changing, this charming eatery has become known for its fun take on Korean ssam-styled lettuce wrap platters. More »

The Grove

The Grove

At few places is the evolution of British cookery more apparent than at this new addition to Dundas West. The Grove impresses with a focused menu of playful snacks (black pudding deviled eggs, anyone?) and hearty mains that embrace local ingredients and progress British cuisine beyond the usual cliches. Even their chips are done especially well. More »

Discussion

23 Comments

Christopher / January 17, 2013 at 10:59 am
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Been to The Grove maybe four times and it's been great every time. Keep up the good work, The Grove! (Also, get the butter on the miso ramen at Kinton. Do it!)
CJ / January 17, 2013 at 11:03 am
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Hawker Bar? You gotta be kidding me! Worst Singaporean food in town!
Wilhelmson / January 17, 2013 at 11:05 am
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Oh god, Kinton? No, just no.. Santouka is the place to go. Surprised to not see Cafe Boloud on here or Richmond Station?
nick / January 17, 2013 at 11:08 am
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Farmhouse Tavern?
DC / January 17, 2013 at 11:59 am
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RICHMOND STATION
James Rowe / January 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm
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Glad to see Richmond Station on the list, All that place is Marben Rip Off!
James Rowe replying to a comment from James Rowe / January 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm
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Haha I meant NOT on the list
Alexandra / January 17, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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Where there no new East end restaurants in 2012 that could've made this list?
thislittlepiggie replying to a comment from James Rowe / January 17, 2013 at 01:33 pm
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You DO know that, before opening Richmond Station, Chef Carl Heinrich's previous job was as Executive Chef at Marben.
bobby / January 17, 2013 at 02:00 pm
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Where's Rose & Sons, Kingyo and Santouka?
Meg / January 17, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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Paintbox Bistro!
It's delicious - must try!
Scott / January 17, 2013 at 03:23 pm
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My list is better...

1. Edulis
2. Momofuku Daisho / Shoto
3. The Grove
4. Hopgood's Foodliner
5. Chantecler
6. Cafe Boulud
7. Richmond Station
8. Bestellen
9. Farmhouse Tavern
10. Rose & Sons
Theo / January 17, 2013 at 03:23 pm
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What dish is that in the main picture for the article?
m / January 17, 2013 at 05:49 pm
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Surprised to see Kinton on there...
dude / January 17, 2013 at 06:06 pm
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I feel like Richmond Station & Rose & sons while they did open in 2012 were right at the end of the year... I woud imagine we will see them in the 2013 post possibly.

BlogTO... True?
Jake / January 17, 2013 at 07:39 pm
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No Edulis? No Momofuku? Bonkers list
Mel / January 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm
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Ursa should not be on this list. I got food poisoning and was really sick for days from undercooked chicken. I emailed the restaurant to advise them of this and no one responded back to me.
jimbo dean / January 18, 2013 at 08:10 am
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Ursa should not be on there. Over-rated and overpriced.
Tim replying to a comment from Theo / January 18, 2013 at 10:38 am
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That's the short ribs at Bent
Tim replying to a comment from dude / January 18, 2013 at 10:51 am
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Nope. Rose & Sons made it to the best brunch list though.
realtalk / January 18, 2013 at 03:56 pm
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Lol WESLODGE didn't make the list
James Rowe replying to a comment from thislittlepiggie / January 18, 2013 at 05:14 pm
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I do know he use to be at Marben,But I feel him and Ryan Donavan stole a lot of the Marben menue items and style of plates that he learnt at Marben and is now taking credit for it at his new restaurant, With out the personality and feel of Marben..
The Richmond station is a cold and boring room very vanilla a lot like the plate...

Restaurant is a lot more then what's on the plate!
Ryan / January 21, 2013 at 09:05 am
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Surprised Skin & Bones isn't here.

Damn tasty.

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