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All the restaurants worth trying that opened in Toronto this past winter

Amanda Nunes

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It can be hard to keep track of the plethora of restaurants that are constantly popping up in Toronto. No sweat, we’ve gathered seven not-to-be-missed restaurants that opened in the 6ix this winter. Get ready to drool.

Brickworks Ciderhouse

Fans of Brickworks Cider will be overjoyed to know that they’ve set up shop in Riverdale. At the Brickworks Ciderhouse, you can whet your whistle on different varieties of cider that they ferment in-house. This year, they plan to create a whopping 40 ciders. There are also thoughtfully prepared dishes that pair perfectly with cider, like their delectable sticky pork ribs. And on weekends, you can even get freshly made apple pies.

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Amano Pasta

Hungry commuters can now dine on fresh pasta and cannoli at Amano. Or try one of their most popular dishes: the decadent Black Trumpet Pasta with squid ink campanelle noodles, Dungeness crab, mustard and pancetta cream. Those in a rush can visit the grab-and-go counter, which offers fresh sandwiches and pastries. And in the open kitchen, passersby can see fresh pasta being made. There’s even a mini deli where you can get gourmet meats, cheeses and homemade sauces.

Union Chicken

Those in the mood for comfort food should head to Union Chicken, which is just a few steps away from Amano. Union Chicken does brunch, lunch and dinner, and is the perfect place to hang out with friends. The menu revolves around tender buttermilk-fried and juicy rotisserie chicken. The chickens that they use come from local family-run farms, without hormones or antibiotics. This spring, they’ll be launching a new snack menu that includes deep-fried pickles and chicken-spiced popcorn.

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Senator Wine Bar

Thanks to vintage decor and an original prohibition-era bar, diners at Senator Wine Bar will feel like they’re in Paris. This 24-seat dining room is a charming and intimate space above the historic Senator Restaurant. On the menu, you’ll find bistro dishes and French classics like duck breast with charred endive, celeriac puree, roasted fig and tamarind jus. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?

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Assembly Chef Hall

Deciding where to go for dinner in a group can be a challenge — one person may crave pizza, and someone else may want tacos. Now, you won’t have to choose. Assembly Chef Hall brings together top chefs and restaurants in Toronto under one roof! In their sprawling space, you can try buttery lobster rolls, fresh sushi and fluffy gnocchi. The roll call of restaurants include Reyna, Tokyo Smoke, Hibiscus, Dailo, Ramen Isshin, The Good Son Pizza, Tachi, Little Khao, Cherry Street Bar-b-que, Mira Mira, Resto Boemo, Shari, Nutbar, Love Chix, Colibri, Bluenose Lobster and Short & Sweet.

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CRAFT Beer Market

Beer lovers will delight at CRAFT Beer Market, where they’ll find Ontario’s largest selection of craft beers. There are over 300 craft beers to choose from, and everything can be paired with high quality beer hall eats. The 20 Napkin Burger, for instance, is a massive burger with two premium beef patties topped with housemade cheese sauce, brisket and bacon, all sandwiched together in a pretzel bun. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s topped with a mini burger.

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Cacao 70 and the Dip Shop

Over-the-top chocolate treats have a new home at Cacao 70. Although Cacao 70 itself isn’t new to Toronto, the new location in Scarborough comes with the Dip Shop, where you can get anything from the cafe’s menu dipped in chocolate. Here, you’ll be able to dip vanilla cones or Belgian waffles into chocolate dips of all flavours, including dark, peanut butter, Earl Grey, milk, white, chai, praline, black sesame, maple, coffee and matcha. Yes, please.

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