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This Week in Food: Bazara Asian Cuisine, The Happy Hooker, Burger's Priest, Toronto Tea Festival

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


  • Bazara Asian Cusine has taken over the former home of Goed Eten at 188 Ossington Avenue and is serving up sushi and a pan-Asian menu.
  • The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro has opened its newest Toronto franchise at 60 Wellington Street East in the former Pizza Pizza space at Church.
  • 20-year-old mainstay, The Loose Moose (146 Front Street West) is newly reopened after renovations to the interior and a newly launched menu. This after-work watering hole also boasts 54 varieties of draught beer.
  • Brazilian restaurant, Touro Churrascaria is set to open in March at 125 York Boulevard, north of Highway 7. The Richmond Hill steakhouse will offer up to 16 kinds of meat plus a salad and side bar.
  • The Happy Hooker is soon to open its doors at 887 Dundas Street West (at Palmerston). The casual eatery plans to offer cheap eats like fish sandwiches and tacos.
  • The Burger's Priest is slated to open its third outpost on Queen Street West at Spadina in mid-May.
  • There'll be a new garage on Church St. in the next few months--Church Street Garage, that is. It'll be opening up in the old Big Johnson's space, and no, they're not affiliated with the Garage Sandwich Company.


  • Culinary Battle; Lazio v. Puglia takes place at Terroni (57 Adelaide Street East) tonight, Friday, February 1st. Presented by L'Altra Italia, the menus from Executive Chefs, Giovanna Alonzi and Fabio Moro will showcase the food, wine and culture of both regions. Tickets are $85 (members) or $100 (non-members)
  • BarVolo (587 Yonge Street) hosts A Night With Amsterdam & Friends this Saturday, February 2nd from 3pm to 2am. Admission is $10 and promises 'Dam good beer and nibbles from Hogtown Charcuterie.
  • The 5th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off kicks off at 2pm on Saturday, February 2nd at the Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue). Tickets are $8 each and guarantees admission and two sample plates of treats to taste and vote on.
  • Also on Saturday, February 2nd, the Toronto Tea Festival is taking place at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) with a full day of tea-themed programming starting at 10:30 am. Tickets will be available at the door on a limited basis for $15.
  • Seats are still available for the Rusholme Park Supper Club's Small Luxuries hosted by Emily Zimmerman at The Depanneur (1033 College Street) on Saturday, February 9th. This four-course vegan dinner draws inspiration from the tradition of the Tu B'Shavat seder which often features dried fruit and nuts.


  • TIFF Bell Lightbox launches Food on Film on February 13th as part of its Wednesday night subscription series. The first event brings together culinary cinema and conversation with the film I Am Love and guest food stylist, Claire Stubbs. Upcoming highlights include guest appearances by David Chang (Momofuko) and James Oseland (Saveur editor-in-chief). Subscriptions are on sale now for $153 (TIFF Members) or $180 (non-members).
  • The Federal is expanding past its brunch menu to include dinner service (between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.), as well as drinks. On the menu? Fried chicken waffles, mac 'n' cheese with bacon, and some tasty, weather-appropriate-sounding cocktails.
  • New York Subway has been re-named to New York Subs & Burritos, although there's been no change in the menu--doesn't quite have the same ring, though.

    Photo from our review of the Federal

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