Toronto: 10 New Dining Hotspots
Hipster Korean cuisine, out-there fusion fare and crazy cocktails -- a new generation of cutting-edge eateries opens, all within a 10-minute cab ride from the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
This story first appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
1. BAR ISABEL
This Spanish-inspired restaurant offers authentic cheese and Iberico meats, Spanish wines and a "crazy cocktail list," says Jonathan Sobol, whose film The Art of the Steal plays at this year's fest. 797 College St.
2. THE CHASE FISH & OYSTER
Silks adorn the ceiling and curtains open to a flower-filled patio at this spot, where a highlight is the bay platter containing oysters, clams, tuna, crab, shrimp, scallops and lobster. 10 Temperance St.
3. THE COCKTAIL PARLOR
This casual lounge opened in July in the Storys building, a 170-year-old warehouse-turned-event space. "It has an Old World charm with classic cocktails and fun and unpretentious food," says TIFF Bell Lightbox artistic director Noah Cowan. 11 Duncan St.
Menu faves at this Spanish/Portuguese/Asian-influenced spot include smoky roasted eggplant with molasses yogurt. 120 Avenue Road
5. EL CATRIN
Day of the Dead murals decorate this Mexican restaurant. Sobol calls it "a quirky and utterly charming pocket of Toronto." 18 Tank House Lane
6. LA CARNITA
This popular Mexican brunch spot, where Daniel Radcliffe (of fest entry The F Word) has dined, also features an extensive spirits menu. 501 College St.
Inside a glass cube in the Shangri-La Hotel, David Chang's Momofuku features a noodle bar as well as a swanky cocktail lounge and the Milk Bar, with its excess of sweet treats. 190 University Ave.
This hipster eatery offers Korean-American cuisine including army stew, which combines enoki mushrooms with Cheez Whiz, and bulgogi cheesesteak. 90 Ossington Ave.
9. RICHMOND STATION
Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich serves such dishes as rainbow trout with lemon marmalade and jerk chicken-leg confit. 1 Richmond St. W.
10. THR & CO.
With a name like this, how could we resist? Opened in May, the sister spot of the neighboring Harbord Room features an extensive drink, wine and cheese menu and Mediterranean-style small bites. 97 Harbord St.
Additional Reporting by Foujan Ziadlou