Just after last year’s festival wrapped, acclaimed New York City chef David Chang began premiering a series of sibling concepts under his Momofuku umbrella in downtown Toronto, all at 190 University Avenue.
Now there’s the ramen-based Noodle Bar, desserts-oriented Milk Bar, cocktail-focused Nikai, Korean-inflected dining room Daisho, and tasting-menu-only Shoto. "The Toronto food scene is delicious and we wanted to be a part of it," says Chang. "We found the perfect space that would allow us to develop several concepts, each with a distinct identity."
THE GABARDINE, 372 Bay Street
"Great weekday breakfast and power lunch spot in downtown Toronto. My team and I sometimes have our morning meetings here."
ST. LAWRENCE MARKET, 92 Front Street
"I try to stop by Carousel Bakery and Sausage King when I am in town. At Carousel Bakery I always get the peameal bacon sandwich. It’s so tasty, but what makes it even better is Kozlik’s mustard. I can't get enough when I'm in Toronto."
SOHO HOUSE, 192 Adelaide Street West
“This might be the coolest place in town. So cool that I hope they let me in during TIFF.”
CAFE BOULUD, 60 Yorkville Avenue
“Cafe Boulud made the move to Toronto around the same time that Momofuku did, which puts us in really great company. Their terrine of foie gras is a classic, delicious dish.”
SHANGRI-LA, 188 University Avenue
“The Shangri-La is my home when I stay in Toronto. Momofuku Toronto is located just next door, and they have amazing amenities like the spa of all spas, Miraj Hamman Spa. Oh, and two words: marble baths. I repeat: The rooms have marble baths.”