This Week in Food: Hooked in Kensington, Tabule in Leslieville, Michael's on Simcoe, Ninki Izakaya, TUM

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.


  • Hooked has officially opened the doors to its second location at 206 Baldwin Street in Kensington Market in the space formerly occupied by Sanagan's Meat Locker.
  • Michael's on Simcoe (100 Simcoe Street) is now open for business serving up steak and seafood just north of the King West entertainment district.
  • Habanero's a.k.a Hernado's Hideaway (52 Wellington Street East) is closing its doors for good on October 27th when the owners retire.
  • Tabule, the popular Middle Eastern restaurant near Yonge and Davisville, has announced via Twitter that they'll be opening a second location in Leslieville. Opening day is targeted for sometime in February.
  • Ninki Izakaya is now open near the Hilton Hotel. It's more of a sushi spot than a traditional izakaya like Guu.


  • As previously reported, Jamie Oliver is in town tonight (Friday, October 19th) for an 8 o'clock speaking engagement at Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street). Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $99.50 and include a copy of his newest book.
  • The Toronto Underground Market is back tomorrow night, Saturday, October 20th for a sold out edition of the popular night market at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue).
  • Soupstock is on this Sunday, October 21st, bringing together more than 120 Canadian chefs to serve up tasty soups in protest of the Highland Mega-Quarry.
  • Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi launch their newest book, Jerusalem at 2pm on Sunday, October 21st at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place). Tickets are $50, available through the The Cookbook Store, and include a copy of the new cookbook.
  • The 2nd Annual Ralph Thornton Centre Fall Fundraiser takes place this Saturday, October 20th with a Chili Cook-off from 1 to 5pm that pits teams from top restaurants across the city (like Ruby Watchco, Glas and Table 17 to name few) in a competition for bragging rights.
  • Reservations are being accepted now for Dinner with Lauren Mozer of Elle Cuisine hosted by the Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur (1033 College Street). The TUM veteran will be serving up a fall-inspired, 4-course menu on Sunday, October 28th.


  • The Black Hoof announced this week that Vancouver chef, Jesse Grasso will lead the kitchen when Brandon Olsen steps down at the end of the month to do some traveling.
  • Chef Jean Paul Lourdes has left Bosk less than 2 months after opening at the Shangri-La Hotel.


  • The Drake Hotel has just launched a new fall menu featuring reinvented favourites and classic home-style dishes like the he Baked Mac + Cheese ($18.95) or the Chicken Pot Pie ($19.95) from chef Darren Glew.

Photo by Dennis Marciniak

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