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The top 25 new restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood

New restaurants in Toronto were a plentiful bunch this past year offering a whole world of flavours right at our doorstep. From international street foods and bar snacks to avant garde interpretations of sushi or Southern food, 2015 was another big year for openings in this city.

Here are my picks for the the top new restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood.

DIY teppanyaki arrived in the Annex this year with the opening of Aka Teppan. The menu boasts a wide selection of rice-and-meat combos along with a range of appetizers and fusion forms of teppan including pasta and udon.

Mexican comfort foods and tacos star on the menu at Reforma. The two story taqueria serves up hearty bowls of pozole and "basket tacos" loaded with roast chicken or veg and dressed with lettuce, crema, cilantro and hot sauce.

Indian Street Food Co. takes a new approach to the authentic flavours of India. Look forward to small shareable formats of Pau Bhaji reimagined as a fondue as well as brightly coloured chaat tossed tableside.

The 47 is a cocktail bar and late night kitchen where the menu bills accomplished snack foods like socca, a chickpea crepe topped with lamb or eggplant and dressed with tahini, parsley, red onion and chili vinaigrette.

Kanpai is a raucous Taiwanese snack bar where the specialties include Schriken Fried Rice (that's chicken and shrimp), slow-cooked five-spice pork bao, and spice dusted fried chicken.

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Colonel Tso's chicken and waffles, Peking duck bao, and lobster chow mein are all on the menu at R&D, the modern Chinese restaurant from MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong and Michelin-starred chef Alvin Leung.

From the Playa Cabana family of restaurants comes new concept Cocina Economica, a take on homestyle Mexican foods where you'll find slow roasted meats served family style with rice and beans.

Forth Avenue Kitchen & Bar is a convivial neighbourhood restaurant where the menu offers a little something for everyone. Nibble on an impressive selection of charcuterie and cheese or tuck into a satisfying house burger with exceptional fries.

Han Moto is a standout amongst a cluster of new openings in this neighbourhood. Open until late, the thing to get here is cocktails and small plates including katsu buns and dyno wings that are deboned AND stuffed with gyoza filling.

TICH Modern Indian Cuisine on Lakeshore Boulevard West serves up traditional dishes like lamb korma, biriyani, and saag paneer in a contemporary setting.

Go to Cactus Club Cafe for the art (seriously, you'll see pieces from Warhol, Basquiat and Mr. Brainwash) and stay for the food, which includes highlights like the butternut squash ravioli crowned with prawns.

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Upscale sushi and sake will totally live up to the hype at Vancouver import Miku. Order the signature flame-seared aburi sushi and oshisushi including pressed prawn painted in ume sauce and finished with lime zest.

Honest Weight is a fish monger where you can dine in, and trust me you should. The ultra fresh catch can be had expertly prepared ranging from simple steamed shellfish dishes to the ever popular okonomiyaki.

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Cocktails and snacks like fresh-made ricotta with crostini and crispy zucchini frittii might be reason enough to visit Figo. If you don't fill up on starters, stick around for solid pizzas and pastas too.

Tesla Cafe is a newly appointed neighbourhood gem where the menu bills five spice calamari, a warm brussel sprout salad, burgers and more.

The Craft Brasserie boasts 120 craft beers on tap along with an expansive menu of pub grub including roasted fig flatbreads, cuban sandwiches, and adobo pork ribs.

Inside Bar Raval is a tapas bar and pintxos parlour where the menu lists cured meats, canned fish, and doughnuts decorated with lemon and fennel pollen.

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KaKa All You Can Eat is an AYCE sushi restaurant on Highway 7 that has garnered high praise for its menu of unlimeted beef tataki with back truffle and blowtorched aburi-style sushi.

The Captains Boil in Willowdale is all about create-your-own seafood boils spilled out on the table and eaten with your bare hands.

Southern food goes haute at Omaw where the menu bills fried chicken skins alongside wagyu beef carpaccio and Kentucky fried squid.

The Commodore is a quirky seafood-centric restaurant where swordfish crudo and calamari ragu risotto are musts.

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Bar Hop Brewco is the second location for one of the city's best craft beer bars. The selection on tap might be the main draw, but dishes like pigs head nachos might just steal the show.

Little Pig Hot Pot is a modern AYCE eatery where orders are placed on iPads. While the unlimited supply of meat and fixings is welcome, it's the top notch soup broth that seals the deal.

Via Vai is a sleek Italian restaurant on Bay where the Neapolitan style pizzas and pastas are the main event.

Upmarket Japanese food is what Kasa Moto is all about. The restaurant offers sushi and raw bar selections along with noodles, rice dishes and grilled items from the robata.

What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.

Lead photo from Via Vai.

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