Toronto restaurants that opened this week

SanRemo Bakery reopens, Pizzeria Libretto hits the Junction and a Slayer-themed burger joint is coming to Queen East


New Toronto restaurants keep popping up week after week and they all have menus catered to takeout and delivery.

It’s a no brainer, of course, it’s not necessarily the best time to open a fine dining restaurant with intricate plating. Only time will tell all the ways the pandemic will impact the food landscape in Toronto.

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and it’s the Family Day long weekend, so there’s no better time to order some food, get cozy and close with the ones you love. (If you live alone, may I suggest something fried and greasy to keep you company.)

Keep on reading to discover what exciting new spots opened between February 2-9. And check out our Valentine’s Day takeout picks here.

New Toronto restaurants

Bloom

You can find Montreal’s favourite vegan sushi at LOV on King West. Bloom launched a pop-up at the plant-based Toronto restaurant in January. Their fiesta, pink inari and queen rolls are available after 4:30 pm every day.

Egg Bae

Ryerson students will soon have a place to pick-up delicious breakfast sandwiches on the way to class (when in-class instruction begins again, anywya). Egg Bae announced they have a new location near Yonge and Dundas coming soon.

Good Behaviour Ice Cream

Chef Michael Lam of Ascari teamed up with his friend Eric to bring ice cream made from all natural ingredients. It’s currently available at Sunny’s Chinese and Shy Popups.

Isaan Der Thai Kitchen

This northeastern Thai restaurant opened their third location on February 5, taking over Ruby Watchco’s old building on Queen East.

Karahi Boys

Karahi curry is named after the pot that it’s traditionally cooked in. Karahi Boys has proliferated the dish across the GTA and their recently opened location on Queen West is serving all their classics: chicken karahi, goat karahi, khabab kahari and khara keema.

Mandi Afandi

East York now has another spot to grab Arab cuisine. Slow-cooked stews like moussaka or fasolia and chicken mandi and chicken madhbi are some of the highlights on the menu.

Pizzeria Libretto

Toronto’s go-to Neaopolitan pizzeria opened a location in the Junction. They’re open Wednesdays through Sundays and available for pick-up and delivery through all the usual apps.

Sammy’s

This new spot by Otto’s Bierhalle does two things and two things well: smash burgers and fried chicken. They launched the new venture a few weeks ago.

Scotty Bons Caribbean Grill

This Halal Caribbean restaurant chain has finally opened in downtown. Their third location is on Bloor West and you can get the classics: patties jerk wings and oxtail but they also have jerk poutine and cajun fish sandwiches.

Slayer Burger

Riverside is getting a Slayer Burger on February 11. They’ve dubbed it their “Hanneman” location after Jeff Hanneman, the guitarist of burger joint’s namesake thrash metal band. Their double-layer burgers and crinkle cut fries are worth screaming about.

Reopening

SanRemo Bakery

Rejoice: SanRemo has reopened after two weeks of COVID-related closure. The Etobicoke bakery known for their donuts and other pastries posted that all employees who previously tested positive are doing better and the bakery was professionally deep-cleaned and sanitized. Full story here.

If an exciting new restaurant is opening in your hood or your local fave is saying goodbye, please send tips to food [at] nowtoronto.com.

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