Where To DINE Now: Terre Rouge

In less time than it takes to drive through downtown Toronto and find suitable parking that doesn’t cost as much as an entree, we arrive in downtown Markham, park for free, and stand before the glass-walled cube of Terre Rouge. Husband and wife team, Chef Forrest Liu and Karan Tsoi are as endearing as they are industrious. They have traveled the world, trained under the likes of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Susur Lee and Mark McEwan; toiled and sacrificed; even opened a pop-up restaurant in their own living room to test out menu ideas and create capital on the road to realizing their dream of owning their own restaurant, with the freedom to share their own passion, in their own way. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Terre Rouge”

Where To DINE Now: BlueBlood Steakhouse

A Tale of Two Palates: Sara Waxman and Adam Waxman dine-out in Toronto’s restaurant scene and share their views.

For over a century, Casa Loma stood as a monument to Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, who dared to dream too big. In that time this Gothic Revival castle has served as everything from a secret sonar facility to sought-after film location; and luxury hotel to coveted event space and top Toronto tourism attraction. Nick and Pat Di Donato of Liberty Entertainment Group had big dreams too. They fulfilled the destiny of this lonely castle by restoring it to its original grandeur, and going above and beyond by opening BlueBlood Steakhouse. “The heart of a home is the kitchen,” mama said. And she was right. Now, Casa Loma is alive every evening with guests enjoying food, drink and good company worthy of a castle. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: BlueBlood Steakhouse”

Where to DINE Now: Kōst

Looking around the room at Kōst, with it’s glamourous downtown vibe and people to match, it has become clear that Sunday Brunch is the new Saturday Night. Things are so much more easygoing in the clear light of day. No need to rush, no one will say “we need the table in 60 minutes.” Executive Chef Ben Heaton has prepared a lively and refreshing menu befitting the top of the fashionable Bisha Hotel. Continue reading “Where to DINE Now: Kōst”

Toronto’s Dining Agora: Assembly Chef’s Hall

Buzzing with anticipation, Toronto eagerly awaited the opening of the Assembly Chef’s Hall. It seemed like the “who’s who” of restaurateurs were involved and everyone else wanted to be. Finally, the grand reveal, and voila: it is ba-rilliant! Continue reading “Toronto’s Dining Agora: Assembly Chef’s Hall”

Where To DINE Now: Copetin

A Tale of Two Palates: Sara Waxman and Adam Waxman dine-out in Toronto’s restaurant scene and share their views.

Chef Claudio Aprile’s new restaurant incarnation, Copetin Restaurant & Bar opened this past spring. There was so much anticipation and expectation, and even without that, every restaurant needs time to oil the machine. We preferred to wait until now. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Copetin”