The Best New Restaurants in Toronto, 2012
The 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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