The top 10 new restaurant openings in Toronto for November 2015
Restaurant openings in Toronto are hardly winding down as the year comes to a close. November was a big month for premium pizza, seafood boils, Indian street food and Polish dumplings, all of which bodes well for pre-holiday eating.
Here are my picks for the top Toronto restaurants to open in November.
Indian Street Food Co.
This canteen on Bayview south of Eglinton serves up a fresh take on Indian street food. Expect authentic flavours that are light on cream and heavy on spice presented in a whimsical fashion. Chaat for instance is assembled tableside, Pau Bhaji is reimagined as a fondue, and Kerala beef fry comes in sandwich form.
This pizzeria is tucked away on a residential street in Chinatown, but fear not if you can't find it because their delivery drivers will come find you. The opening menu designed by chef Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour) boasts 10 high quality pizzas, plus you'll find a lineup of wings, salads and hot Italian sandwiches.
House-made ricotta with crostini, margherita pizzas and hearty sandwiches built on fresh bread fired in the wood-burning oven are all on the menu at this Italian-inspired restaurant on John St. Not to be missed are the zucchini frittii drizzled with honey and leon crema.
Porchetta & Co.
The second location of this meat-centric sandwich shop might be the best one yet. Signature roasted pork sandwiches doused in truffle sauce and dusted with parm are joined on the menu by a crackling covered poutine -- plus they've made the fried chicken a fixture, and did I mention there's seating?
After a successful crowdfunding campaign this summer, chef Dave Mottershall has turned his pop-up snack bar into a bricks and mortar restaurant on Queen West. Look forward to Instagram-worthy dishes like braised duck over artichoke puree and smoked bone marrow over parsley salad.
The Captain's Boil
Tie on a lobster bib at this new restaurant in Willowdale where seafood boils are the main event. Spilled out over the table and eaten with your hands, the create-your-own combinations offers options like king crab, prawns, and lobster by the pound accompanied by things like corn and Cajun fries.
The Saucy Pierogi
The new pierogarnia on Dundas West offers a taste of Polish cuisine including schnitzel sliders, cabbage rolls, and, of course, crescent-shaped dumplings. Boiled or pan-fried, these pinched little pockets of dough come filled with things like the traditional combination of potato and cheese as well as irreverent versions stuffed with jerk chicken and pulled pork (to name just a couple).
Ex-Black Hoof chef Daniel Roe opened this new taqueria on Adelaide this month. The menu offers Mexico City-style tacos topped with spit-roasted pork, chorizo, fish and saucy stewed meats.
This daytime destination on Dundas West looks a lot like a diner but inside the charming eatery is serving up a far more accomplished menu. Look forward to an ever changing selection of dishes that has recently included a house cured gravlax with whipped cream cheese sandwich, mahi mahi over celeriac puree, and an insanely tasty roasted pork hero.
Cacao 70 Toronto
Decadent desserts and hot cocoa courtesy of this Montreal chain have arrived in the Distillery District. The menu bills savoury brunch options along with sweet French-style crepes, chocolate peanut butter pizza, and a triple chocolate fondue.
What was your favourite new restaurant that opened last month? Give it props in the comments.
Photo of Royale's Luncheonette by Hector Vasquez.
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