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This Week in Food: AAA Bar, Ja Bistro, Nu Bugel, Pop-Up Makoto, St. Lawrence Mmm Market Night

This Week in Food rounds up the week's food news, restaurants openings and closings, chef movements and upcoming food events in Toronto. Find us here every Friday morning.


  • AAA Bar is now open at 138 Adelaide Street East offering Texas inspired BBQ in casual setting.
  • Ja Bistro plans to serve up modern Japanese cuisine when it opens this month at 222 Richmond Street West.
  • Nu B端gel is bringing Montreal-styled bagels to Kensington Market when it opens later this month at 240 Augusta Avenue. The owner is the same people from Kalendar restaurant on College St.
  • The Cupcakery at 1034 St. Clair Avenue West has closed and is now sporting a 'for lease' sign in their window.


  • Alexander Keith throws himself a 217-year birthday party tonight (Friday, October 5th) at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) from 8 to 12 pm. Tickets are $10.
  • The Depanneur and Peter Minaki of Kalofagas Greek Food and Beyond, serve up an Authentic Greek Moussaka at tonight's (Friday, October 5th) drop-in-dinner starting at 6pm.
  • Local Kitchen and Wine Bar (1710 Queen Street West), hosts an Italian-styled Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, October 7th for $40 per person.
  • Engage with Scandinavian culinary star, Magnus Nilsson at George Ignatieff Theatre, (15 Devonshire Place) on Thursday October 11th at 7 pm. Tickets are $60, available at The Cookbook Store and include Nilsson's newest book, Faviken.
  • Get the early bird special, by buying tickets now to next weekend's Garlic Festival taking place from Saturday, October, 13th to Sunday the 14th at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue).
  • Reserve now for Pop-Up Makoto at Bent (777 Dundas West) featuring an 8-course menu from the Bal Harbour chef, Makoto Okuwa. Available from Sunday, October 16th to Tuesday, October 18th
  • Tickets available now for St. Lawrence Mmm Market Night happening on Thursday November 8th, from 7 to 10pm. Tickets are $50 for this "all-you-can-eat epic food event" with 50% of each ticket sale going to Food Share.
  • Tickets go on sale today for the October edition of the Toronto Underground Market, happening Saturday, October 20th from 6 to 11pm.


  • Keriwa Cafe (1690 Queen Street West) has announced it is forgoing a la carte dinner service in favour of culinary events and tasting menus served selectively throughout the month. The last dinner service takes place this Saturday, October 6th.
  • Parkdale taqueria Grand Electric (1330 Queen Street West) is expanding to the second floor of its always busy Queen West outpost.
  • As of October 10th, every Wednesday will be date night at Red Fish (890 College Street) with the introduction of a $60 per couple, shared prix fixe (limited to couples who have made a reservation).
  • McDonald's Canada will seemingly answer any customer questions like "Does Canada use 'pink slime'?" and "Is there anti-vomit [in the food]?" in their new online campaign.
  • Vice continues to showcase Toronto's dining scene on the latest episode of Munchies, this time following Guu Izakaya executive chef, Masaru Ogasawara on a booze-fueled night out.

Photo from our review of Keriwa Cafe

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