Toronto, ON., – September 1, 2020 — Toronto waterfront eateries — Let’s face it, we’re all a little sick of home cooking these days. The thrill of takeout – or dining in – is a joy that never gets old. While we all have our favourite go-to spots, if you’re looking for something new, consider heading down to the Toronto Waterfront for your next foodie find. While the area remains popular for visitors, it has also welcomed several new restaurants and cafés these past few months – all of which are following strict public health guidelines.
New restaurants and cafés now open along Toronto’s waterfront:
Bubble Baby – 258 Queens Quay West, Unit 6: True to its name, this cafe is pink and adorable offering a variety of bubble tea and delicious drink options including Brown Sugar Milk Bubble Tea, Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, Grape and Lime Slush and Fresh Mango with Frothed Milk.
Cuppa Tea – 105 Queens Quay West: With five locations across Toronto and Markham, this café specializes in handcrafted Hong Kong-style drinks and food, as well as bubble tea. It is perhaps best known for its Signature Milk tea which can be paired with toppings like pearl, fruit jelly, taro and red beans. There are also fruit teas like Mango passion fruit iced tea and a new grape series of drinks. On the food end, the egg waffles are a top pick. Crispy on the outside and soft inside, it is their take on a popular street snack.
Chen Chen’s Nashville Chicken – 390 Queens Quay West: With roots from Nashville, Tennessee, Chen Chen’s Hot Chicken brings authentic Southern flavours to Toronto. Located inside LQ Market, fans of Nashville Hot Chicken may be familiar with this tasty offering which previously ran as a pop up at Stackt Market and Supermarket in Kensington. Now you can find these mouth-watering dishes on the waterfront including popular favourites like the hot chicken sandwich, mac n cheese and potato salad. Heat levels can be adjusted to taste and, if you’re really brave, consider giving ‘poultrygeist’ a try.
Kinka Izakaya – 110 Harbour Street, Unit 108A: This marks the fifth and newest location from the popular Japanese restaurant. A unique dining experience, famous for its bustling atmosphere, energetic staff and exciting daily specials, the menu focuses on tapas-style dishes from Kakimayo, which are oysters baked with spinach, mushroom, garlic mayo and cheese, to Karaage, which is deep-fried chicken served with garlic mayo. Izakayas are Japanese pubs, so all dishes can be expertly paired with premium Japanese sake, craft beers and cocktails. Patio seating for 48 is also available.
Impact Kitchen – 88 Queens Quay West: This is the fourth location for the health-minded brand. Focusing on minimally processed, nutritious food, you’ll find a range of menu items from toasts to power bowls, soups and baked goods. A 100% gluten-free kitchen, they offer dishes that cater to keto, vegan, paleo or dairy free lifestyles. On the beverage side, you’ll find smoothies, tonics, sipping broths and wellness drinks. This location also has a 50-seat patio.
The Butchers Chef – 8 Harbour Street: For a special night out, this fine steakhouse is a classy option. With a focus on local and sustainable produce, here you can indulge in fine cuts of beef, fresh seafood and a unique and award-winning scotch and wine list. Both à la carte and tasting menu options are available.
LQ Market (formerly Loch and Quay) – 390 Queens Quay West: You’ll still be able to get the dishes you’ve come to love, but now it’ll be so much more. The almost 3,000 square foot location is undergoing a major transformation as both a commissary and food hall. Current food concepts include Loch and Quay and Chen Chen’s Nashville Chicken, while Cupcake Central and Taste d West Indies will be available by the end of the month. There will be no indoor seating, however, there are a variety of options for takeout and delivery.
“The waterfront isn’t always the first area people think of for dining options, but it’s becoming quite the foodie destination,” says Tim Kocur, Executive Director of the Waterfront BIA. “This year we’ve welcomed many new restaurants to the area and we look forward to continuing to grow as a year-round destination.”
Lead Image from The Butcher’s Chef Harbourfront