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Hawker Bar (#HawkerUpstairs)

Since opening in 2012, Hawker Bar (@HawkerBar) has been a real hotspot on Ossington. Specializing in Singapore-style street food, it’s always been tough grabbing one of the limited seats in this tiny restaurant. If this sounds familiar, you’ll be pleased to know that Hawker Bar has recently more than doubled in size with the expansion onto the second floor of their building.

Brock Sandwich

Last year, Brock Sandwich (@BrockSandwich) was voted #1 for the best sandwiches in Toronto via BlogTO and it’s easy to see why. I love a good sandwich and I don’t mind trekking out of my way for a good one. And these sandwiches are worth the trek.


Located in Cabbagetown, Zakkushi is the place to go for yakitori in Toronto. Originating from Vancouver, Zakkushi opened up nearly two years ago and is still as popular as ever. Reservations are a must for weekend visits or expect to wait.

Victor Restaurant + Bar

After nine years, Victor Restaurant + Bar’s Executive Chef and partner, David Chrystian has decided to focus on his most important role: being a father. He had quite the success at the restaurant and was even a Top Chef Canada season 2 finalist. But have no fear, the restaurant is left in great hands with Chef Lanny MacLeod taking over the reins.

DaiLo and LoPan

After Niagara St. Café closed in 2012, Chef Nick Liu (@Ninjachefnick) held a series of Asian-inspired pop-ups which generated a ton of buzz. It seemed everyone was anxiously waiting for his restaurant to open. It may have taken a few years but DaiLo (@DaiLoTO), Chinese for “big brother” or “big boss”, finally opened last summer.