The best restaurants that opened in Toronto during 2013 draw on diverse sources for inspiration, though there are at least a couple of recurring themes. Snacks, a.k.a tapas or bocaditos, played a major role on menus across town, as did wood-fired cooking of all types, including slow and low smoking and flash-fired pizza-baking. Also worth a note is the clip at which new restaurants continue to open in this city. This is a culinary boom time, one which shows no signs of slowing down.
Here are the best new restaurants in Toronto from 2013.
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Grant van Gameren’s tapas bar on College has garnered a whirlwind of acclaim since opening last year. Cured meats and cheese play a prominent role on the menu along with delicacies like tongue on brioche and whole sea bream ceviche.
This contemporary take on barbecue and bourbon comes courtesy of the same team behind Grand Electric. The menu offers habit forming bites like pork rinds and crack rolls, plus delectable fried chicken, po boys and array of barbecued meats.
Boasting a prime penthouse address with a killer rooftop patio, this elegant bistro in the Financial District will readily indulge champagne tastes. It's easy to be enamoured with the luxurious menu listing seafood platters, foie gras spiked vegetables and suckling pig.
The menu at this Ossington snackbar showcases a novel take on fusion cuisine. Korean comfort foods are influenced by a soft spot for iconic American fast foods. Expect to find ssam platters listed alongside a bulgogi cheese steak, wings and deviled eggs.
This raucous taqueria and tequila bar attracts boisterous crowds and taco fiends to its two-storey home on Dupont. Tortillas here come loaded with playful and vibrant ingredients like jerk lobster, octopus and chorizo and kalbi beef with slaw.
This backyard BBQ spot from Anthony Rose owes its origins to Canadian cookouts and comfort foods. The menu boasts sublimely smoked slabs of ribs, grilled lobsters and rabbit sauced with hot honey butter. Noteworthy desserts like s'mores and Nanaimo bars cap the meal off with a taste of childhood nostalgia.
Near Queen and Church, this civilized smokehouse offers an informal menu from chef David Lee (also of Nota Bene) and one huge dining room. Standout selections include fried chicken skins, split pea fritters, octopus and lobster gumbo plus an array of meaty, wood-fired fare.
The Best New Restaurants in Toronto, 2013