Whether you're heading out for a day of shopping the sales or you're spending a quiet day at home, one way or another, you're going to be hungry.Many restaurants are open on December 26th including the following establishments:
In 1959 Harry Barberian started a restaurant to share his enthusiasm for great food, fine wine, and an ambiance that stimulates. His family, staff and friends still work to keep Harry's vision alive and his collections growing. Barberian's Steakhouse hopes that you will take the time to enjoy it when you visit and that they will see you again and again. Many of Barberians' guests comment of how the warmth and friendliness of Barberian's recalls an earlier era. This impression is complimented by the antiques, paintings and artifacts that proudly display throughout the restaurant. The Barberian family has been collecting Canadiana for over 50 years. Like great food, it is their passion.
Here is a Portugal Village newcomer - equal parts chic and cozy - that seeks to join the legion Mediterranean/Middle Eastern players to which Toronto currently plays host by injecting a little imagination into convention. That means innovations like house-pressed labaneh with zatar, and arak and sour cherry gastric-smothered poutine. Flatbreads, possibly topped with figs and halloumi cheese, emerge from the stone oven centerpiece like miracles. There’s lots for vegetarians here, and folks who like their meat Halal will find that offering across the board. The 4,000 sq.-ft. space is vast, communally oriented and handsome, including a 36-foot long walnut bar.
Fat Pasha, located on Dupont, is the third restaurant from chef/owner Anthony Rose. Focusing on Middle Eastern and Jewish cuisine, the menu features everything from schmaltz fried rice to a latke platter.
Hy's Steakhouse is a Canadian institution. The Toronto location is often praised as the one of the most beautiful steakhouses around. It has been serving power lunches and dinners to the Bay St. set for over 30 years, and is a place to rub shoulders with politicians and business leaders alike. Hy's "The Only" porterhouse is truly a thing to behold (and eat).
Quality is job one at this elegant Entertainment District sushi and sashimi house, whose clean, minimal, modern take on this culinary favourite makes it a sweet choice for impressing a date or just indulging a personal appetite. On-line reviews resonate with declarations that this is “the best sushi in the city.” Taste, texture and colour are given equal billing by genius chefs trained in the time-tested art of this food’s preparation. JaBistroll — a sensual adventure in salmon, snow crab, uni, cucumber and tobiko — gets special mention, as does the famous sashimi platter. Seating is fairly limited, so reservations are recommended. Sit at the bar and catch a masterclass in Japanese culinary creativity.
Located in the split-level space that was once Roxy Blu nightclub, Peter Tsebelis (Brant House, Brassaii, Maro), has created a high-end steakhouse. Jacobs features Pennsylvania USDA Prime offered in cuts ranging from petit to Flintstone are aged under executive chef Ben Gundy's care for at least 28 days and up to 56.
The Chef’s Table is not to be missed at this charming Parkdale wine bar and tapas-style eatery. Diners get a chance to mingle with the cooking team, and watch their dinner get made. The atmosphere, courtesy of the room’s collection of simple, candlelit tables, is as romantic as it is rustic, with sweet features like a ceiling-level clothesline hung with Parkdale-themed T-shirts. The wine list is extensive, and an extraordinary cocktail program rounds out the beverage offerings sweetly. Service is attentive and never cloying. Local’s lighting (hand-crafted chandeliers adorn the place) and decor (chalkboard menus, vintage photos of Toronto behind the bar) are very chill, producing almost a lounge-y vibe (without bleating dance music in the background).
Local 1794 on on Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine is a neighborhood gastropub serving high end fare in a casual, comfortable setting.The menu features daily specials, hand rolled stone baked pizzas, game and fresh seafood. With a great wine selection, 24 beers on tap and black-and-white movies playing, the 53 foot long handmade bar is a great place to settle in for the night.
Nestled in the heart of Toronto's Greek community, this eatery delivers a unique take on Greek Mediterranean cuisine by eschewing the limited, conventional dishes associated with Greek dining. It's not often that fine dining and Greek cuisine are associated together, but that is what separates Pan from the crowd. Pan on the Danforth now offering delivery to all its new and loyal customers. Call or order online today. Valet Parking available for customers starting at 5:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays in December.
Keep your eyes peeled on your next King Street stroll or you’ll miss the decorative scrollwork that is the entrance to Patria, a hip, thoughtful haven of Spanish tapas enclosed in glass and tucked behind another building in Toronto’s Fashion District. Here’s where you want to see and be seen, nibbling figs with cheese, olives and the finest cured meat this side of Andalucia. Consider the dates and patatas bravas must-tries. Specials of the day, like lobster sliders and Spanish octopus, keep the menu fresh. The cleavers on the wall spell out “Full Stomach, Happy Heart” in Spanish. Visit Patria and you’ll be convinced.