The Dish Power Rankings: Happy Valentine’s Day Edition
In this week’s roundup: lovers scrounge the city for chocolate, and two major restaurant spin-offs spell delicious things for 2014.
1. 416 Snack Bar
Another day, another huge new restaurant spin-off likely to forever alter the city’s culinary landscape.
2. Soma Chocolates
Anxious lovers lined up at 9 a.m. to stock up on praline-filled chocolate hearts and hibiscus rum truffles.
4. The Chase
The pescatarian powerhouse announced the forthcoming launch of Colette Grand Café and Bakery, a new double-restaurant at the Thompson Hotel. In less positive news: Post City’s Joanne Kates found The Chase’s service sucky and the food “ho-hum.”
7. Auberge du Pommier
The uptown bungalow might qualify as Toronto’s most genuinely romantic restaurant. Unsurprisingly, it’s booked for Valentine’s Day and through the long weekend.
8. Barrio Coreano
Also very booked: the rowdy, grungy, Mexico City–style taco joint from the Playa Cabana team. Singles have to eat, too.
Honourable Mentions: George chef Lorenzo Loseto’s ahi tuna dish won first prize at last weekend’s Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, B.C.; The Black Hoof enticed and revolted Twitter users with its animal-heart-based Valentine’s Day feast; and The Grid’s Karon Liu gave a standing O to under-the-radar Sushi Nomi on Roncey.