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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.
Lead photo from Via Vai.
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