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The top 10 new restaurant openings in Toronto for December 2015

Toronto restaurant openings in December were a diverse bunch that included a couple new French concepts, snack bars, a noodle house, a new all day breakfast option and a slick pub. Entering the new year, it just spells more temptations to derail post-holiday diets and health-oriented resolutions.

Here are my picks for the top Toronto restaurants that opened in December.

Shameful Tiki Room
Tropical cocktails, spam maki, tuna poke and fish tacos are all on the menu at this new tiki bar that's arrived in Toronto by way of Vancouver.

The Wickson Social
This handsome new public house is pouring pints of craft beer and serving up a hearty menu of eclectic comfort foods at the base of one of Toronto's most promising condos. The hand-chopped burger is a must.

The new Southern French restaurant from the folks behind Cava is now open in Yorkville and serving up riesling-poached foie gras, tartine of rabbit and chestnut soup with sheep's milk crème fraÎche.

Bar Begonia
Anthony Rose's fifth restaurant on Dupont Street opened just in time for the holidays. Look forward to a menu featuring absinthe frappes paired with tartare and gaufrette potatoes.

Magic Noodle
The chain famous for hand pulled noodles landed at 93 Harbord Street this month and is serving up noodles in a range of thickness, Shanxi style burgers, sizzling squid skewers. For now the hours are listed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., but with any luck they'll stretch late into the night or even become 24 hours like in Scarborough.

Jamie's Italian
Jamie Oliver's first Toronto outpost opened in Yorkdale Mall this month. The restaurant has introduced a signature menu of casual Italian fare that's already proved popular across the pond. Look forward to fresh pastas, cured meat planks, while fish preparations and more.

Hollandaise Diner
The new diner in the Danforth does all day breakfasts, specializing in poached eggs and perfectly silky emulsions of butter and eggs. The menu boasts signature creations and DIY eggs Benedicts plus classic two egg breakfasts, mix and match pancakes and frittatas.

The compact Italian kitchen in Liberty Village is doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that
At this compact Italian in Liberty Village, chef Quin Josey credits some dishes to his nonna while others draw from inspiration from his previous experiences at Bar Buca. Pizzas and pastas are among the highlights, including the comforting lasagne alla zucchini.

Kupfert & Kim
The chain of vegan eateries already dominates daytime eating in the PATH. The newest and biggest location on Spadina is the first above ground and not only is there a dine-in option, but it's also licensed and serving brunch.

Bar Batavia
The new cocktail lounge and snack bar opened this month above the Little Sister food bar in midtown. The dimly lit joint primarily deals in tipples, but you'll find a menu of Indo-Dutch snack foods on offer as well.

What was your favourite new restaurant that opened last month? Give it props in the comments.

Photo of Jamie's Italian by Hector Vasquez.

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