A girl’s gotta eat. And when it comes to Amy Rosen (Toronto dining expert and author of the forthcoming tome,Toronto Cooks!) we’re glad to be along for the ride. Her food and culture picks more than measure up. We’re already hungry for more.
Chef/owner Tom Thai unintentionally launched white-hot Ossington Street restaurant row with Asian flavors that you can’t get anywhere else. I’ve followed him from restaurant to restaurant over the past decade because I’m hooked. Must eats? Hamachi ceviche, spicy crab and avocado salad, crispy lamb and prosciutto dumplings, and the sticky side ribs.
Anthony Rose’s bold new boite is dishing out eastern European Semitic food with a mideast mindset. Think hummus plates, tableside chopped liver, latke platters, beets with dukkah and yoghurt, and a shawarma-forward mixed grill. [Seating] tip: There’s a big, breezy patio, too.
This is home base for the Toronto International Film Festival (happening Sept. 4-14 this year), but also a buzzy destination year-round for daily programming, (including hard-to-find international documentaries), touring exhibitions (from Tim Burton to Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style) and even film-focused kids camps.
Yorkville is a must-stop for deep-pocket shopping and summertime ice cream strolls, but should you want a mini food palace experience, this is [also] where to find the best homegrown cheeses, hard-to-find condiments, super smoked salmon and baked treats in town. Or, grab a seat and sip a cappuccino – the people-watching here is also stellar.
Another area you’ll want to wander, Kensington Market, is an open air tapestry of commerce: vintage clothing, butchers, fishmongers, cheese shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s also home to my favorite kitchen shop, where they have all the latest books, bakeware, tchotchkes and even knife skills classes.
Homemade, big, bold and crazy delicious. Mostly the yeast-risen variety, with some buttermilk cake and gluten-free options, too. Go in for the Nuttela Puff or Toast & Butter, and come out a winner.