Toronto Restaurant Openings

A rival for the ever popular and mad line ups at Guu Izakaya comes Don Don Izakaya 130 Dundas St w (at Bay Upstairs).  Looks like their bar menu is much more robust than Guu offering over 60 sakes.

Ottawa based burger sensation The Works set to open on the Danforth.  I’m keen on this one as I’ve been to several Ottawa locations and even though Torontonians have our fair share of burger joints The Works definitely offers something different in the ‘topping’ department.  I don’t think anyone in Toronto is currently offering a burger with caramelized onions, half a ripe pear and brie cheese (The Sweet Ride)?  If you want to get experimental you could try the SK8R Boy (peanut butter, jack cheese and strip bacon) or San Francisco Treat (real Kraft Dinner and cheddar cheese). With 73 different combo’s on the menu surely there’s something you haven’t had before.  If you absolutely cannot wait until the Danforth location opens there is a Works in Oakville at 149 Lakeshore Road E.

Windows by Jamie Kennedy in Niagara Falls at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel with a magnificent view from the 14th floor.  Tony Aspler will be running the wine program, that alone should draw out some Toronto oenophiles.

My favourite bit of news is that David Lee of Nota Bene (previously Splendido) fame will be opening a new 7,000 square foot restaurant at 111 Queen St E (between Church & Jarvis) early next year.  The concept is still being worked out amongst the partners but it’s safe to say it won’t be a Nota Bene clone.  David Lee is one of my favourite chef’s in the city, his food is always incredibly well executed.

I think the impending David Chang Momofuku opening has Toronto restauranteurs stepping up their game, which is good for us.  I tweeted last fall that Momofuku is set to open later this year beside the Shangri La Hotel and Residences.  Now if only Susur Lee would stop resting on his laurels and get back in the high-end dining game; ‘Lee’ is such a waste of his talent and so incredibly over rated.