The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has announced its plans to bring the very best of Toronto’s culinary talent and restaurant scene to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Canada’s biggest airport, Toronto Pearson, handled 33.4 million passengers and is ranked 4th largest in international passenger traffic in North America. For some it is their first or their last impression of Toronto, and until now what impression has been made of our dining?
A new dining program at Toronto Pearson developed by OTG, featuring prominent local chefs, a brewer and a master sommelier will bring a true and distinguished expression of Toronto to the airport.
Apropos: Brewer Brock Shepherd, master sommelier John Szabo, and OTG concept Chef Michael Coury have collaborated on a vibrant and energetic open space to enjoy a light meal and cocktail before flight.
Cibo Express® Gourmet Markets: A wide assortment of local freshly prepared products and bottled beverages, including more than 1,000 different offerings.
Fetta Panini Bar: Chef Mark McEwan offers a selection of paninis, salads and small plates, evoking a sense of spring, anchored by a maple wood structure to add a traditional Canadian texture.
Marathi: Indian “street food” and other delicacies developed by Chef Hemant Bhagwani. The restaurant also offers a hearty Indian-inspired breakfast menu, sweets and beverages.
Vinifera: Master sommelier John Szabo and chef Michael Coury feature small plates, salads and paninis. Ingredients and products are sourced from the region. The wine list, with over 85 wines, will celebrate the best of Ontario as well as provide global offerings. (also located in Terminal 3)
Acer: Chef Guy Rubino has composed a modern Japanese menu that celebrates fresh ingredients and traditional technique.
Corso: Chef Rocco Agostino highlights rustic Italian flavors and features fresh-made pastas, pizzas, salads and antipasti.
Heirloom Bakery Café: Baker and entrepreneur Devin Connell composed a menu of fresh, local, light entrees including soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods. From healthy options, like the Detox Salad to decadent chocolate brownies. (also located in Terminal 1)
Nobel Burger Bar: Chef Mark McEwan features gourmet burgers, from the classic to the inventive, at an open kitchen in the center of the space, creating an inviting energetic vibe.
Trillium: Chef Claudio Aprile has incorporated flavours from the world’s best cuisines, including snacks and small plates as well as raw bar selections, salads and open-faced sandwiches. Breakfast includes custom omelets and global offerings such as Thai banana pancakes.
In addition to the new dining options at Toronto Pearson, over 2,500 Apple iPads will be integrated throughout the gate areas of both terminals for guests to enjoy. Guests can order food, browse the web, and stay updated with real-time flight information via a custom suite of applications.
“The Toronto Pearson experience will truly be something special,” said Rick Blatstein, Chief Executive Officer for OTG. “Through wonderful dining options, beautiful design, and the convenience of technology, this program has been developed to give guests a welcoming and relaxing experience.” To create the look and feel of each unique concept, OTG is working with architect and Toronto native, Lionel Ohayon of ICRAVE.
Now if only they could only do something about the commute to Pearson…