Author: Janey Tso

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Set up your alarm-clucks for a weekend brunch at Toronto’s newest chicken-rotisserie restaurant! Union Chicken opened its doors in February as a collaboration between some of Toronto’s most well-seasoned chefs and influential restaurateurs of some exceptional restaurants within the city. Yannick Bigourdan, Adam Teolis, Michael Angeloni, and Dan Kennedy are no strangers to the food industry; they’ve all worked with local big-name chefs and restaurants that prioritize high-quality hospitality.

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Hopscotch offers a healthy eatery among a food court of restaurant chains in Downtown Toronto. Their second location recently opened within the Path near Scotia Plaza earlier this month. Alden & Wyatt Booth are the brothers behind the storefront of innovative salads, bowls, and the smoothies of Hopscotch. Their recipes feature unique combinations of superfoods – like kale, walnuts, and wheat berries – mixed in with a delicious blend of homemade dressings. Some menu items are dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, or…

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With a sprouting trend of healthy-eating, Basil Box blossoms as a Toronto fast-casual franchise, with the launch of their third location at the corner of Spadina. The restaurant offers customizable meals with a Thailand and Vietnamese twist using a concept inspired by – Ryerson alumni – owner Peter Chiu’s recent adventures to Southeast Asia, in awe of the daily grind of fresh produce being wheeled around in carts at the street market.

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Brassaii was a hot-spot for international celebrities during TIFF earlier this month, with the likes of Natalie Portman, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Jeremy Renner, John Legend and Mireille Enos, walking down their very own cobble-stoned carpet, leading to the Mediterranean restaurant. This sophisticated joint also doubles up as a nightclub during downtown’s liveliest hours.

The restaurant, named after August Hallux Brasaï, mirrors the photographer’s taboo ideologies by creating recipes that are refined yet edgy. With a recent menu revamp, we dived…

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Amongst a neighbourhood that is filled with butcher shops and canton kitchens, 98 Aroma – a newly established restaurant in Chinatown that opened recently – delivers high quality food and service while preserving the authenticity of Northern Chinese tradition.

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With the reopening in May, Maple Leaf Tavern settles back in with a relaxing ambiance. The traditional American bar located in Leslieville has a brickwork-surrounded cozy interior, an outdoor patio with beautifully dangling lights, and a welcoming open concept kitchen consisting of a wood-fire oven. Executive Chef Jesse Vallins – formerly at The Saint – heads the kitchen with recipes that have one salivating by simply looking at the menu.

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