The Top Toronto Restaurant Openings of 2018
There’s no shortage of culinary marvels in Toronto. Multicultural, varying price points, and completely mouth-watering, Toronto’s food scene doesn’t disappoint. And in 2018, we were graced with even more amazing restaurants to add to our roster. Enough with the intro, let’s get to the good stuff.
Here are the top 7 Toronto restaurant openings this year.
The newest restaurant by The Food Dudes, Sara opened its doors in October 2018. The 60-seat sister restaurant to Rasa sits on Portland near Adelaide in the heart of the King West district. Inspired by Japanese simplicity (Sara means “little plates” in Japanese,) and created with only the finest locally-sourced ingredients, Sara’s plates have already made their mark in the city. Jalapeno cucumber hamachi bites, Shanghai pork dumplings, and Pei aged rib eye offer just a glimpse of Sara’s delicious menu.
A South American snack bar in the Bloordale area, Seoul Shakers is Leemo Han’s newest venture. The menu boasts Korean dishes with South American flair. Think Beef tartare topped with mongo squid sashimi and fried eggplant in a spicy sweet soy glaze. Open Monday through Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am, it’s the place to go for a feel-good dinner or a post-bar late night snack.
Created by the same people behind Alo and Aloette, Alobar is more than just a bar. The restaurant and cocktail bar, which is situated in Yorkville, offers an array of classically-inspired cocktails, brandies, wines, as well as classic upscale dining. On the menu, visitors will find mouth-watering options like torched hamachi, beef shortrib, Ontario lamb, and more, as well as Alo’s much-raved about Parker House rolls.
Reimagined by Toronto restauranteur Jen Agg, this French diner, located at 892 Queen St. West, features some of the best comfort food in town. The menu boasts bistro classics and French-inspired dishes like French onion soup, beef (cheek) bourguignon, steak frites, mashed potatoes, meatloaf, and more.
If you’re looking for an upscale Italian eatery, look no further than Giulietta. Offerings include fresh pasta, pizza, meat and seafood dishes, all created by celebrated chef Rob Rossi. And diners can look forward to showstoppers like grilled octopus with white beans and herbed olive oil and sardinian culurgiones. Find Giulietta, which was recently named one of Canada’s top new restaurants, nestled at 972 College St.
Located on the third floor of Momofuku (190 University Ave.), Kojin is the latest addition to David Chang’s family. But unlike Noodle Bar and the now-defunct Daisho and Shoto, Kojin offers diners a Latin American-inspired menu, which highlights Ontario’s finest seasonal ingredients. While the menu changes daily, here you can expect to nosh on shareable plates like the house made corn flatbread (which is paired with a variety of different accoutrements), or splurge on Ontario-sourced steaks (pictured in the featured image) and made-in-house sausage.
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Kate is a Toronto-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, www.layeredindulgence.com. When her head isn’t buried in her laptop, you can find her taking a hot yoga class, curled up with a good book, or sipping a chai latte at one of Toronto’s various cafés. Follow her adventures @katebialowas.