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The Dish Power Rankings: Go West, Brad Pitt Edition

The Dish Power Rankings: Go West, Brad Pitt Edition

A new restaurant on Dundas West hosts Hollywood’s sovereign hunk, and Soho House becomes celebrity drive-by central.

1. Hudson Kitchen Two words: Brad Pitt. How the yet-to-open restaurant managed to score three high-profile after-parties remains a TIFF 2013 mystery—and the most ingenious PR move we’ve seen this year. Well played.

2. Soho House The list of Hollywood royalty who passed through the clubhouse this week: Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Amy Poehler, Taylor Swift, Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Zach Efron, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor, Jason Bateman, Paul Giamatti, Idris Elba, Colin Hanks, Stephen Moyer and Rufus Wainwright.

3. The Thompson Hotel Brad Pitt ended his night at the swanky rooftop lounge after launching Hudson Kitchen from obscurity to instant it-status. Also spotted: Olivia Wilde, the Hemsworth brothers and Harry Potter star Tom Felton, who all attended Scarpetta’s  star-studded bash for Ron Howard flick Rush.

4. The Chase Jake Gyllenhaal and squeeze Alyssa Miller canoodled over a pescatarian feast on the terrace of the new penthouse restaurant. The next day, Jessica Chastain made an appearance.

5. Patria Keira Knightley sipped cocktails while co-star Adam Levine slammed vodka shots at the after-party for Can A Song Save Your Life? The King West restaurant also hosted Sandra Bullock at the Gravity bash.

6. Momofuku Daishō Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson and the adorably quirky Felicity Jones snacked on shrimp chips and brisket buns at the after-party for The Invisible Woman

7. Brassaii Dozens of celebs passed through the King West resto-lounge for interviews with The Hollywood Reporter. A few stayed for a meal, including Olivia Wilde, who lunched on soup and sea bream, and Mila Kunis, who avoided dairy.

8. Blowfish Mia Wasikowski and Jesse Eisenberg got their PDAs on at the after-party for their film The Double. A day earlier, Clive Owen flaunted his Tom Selleck ’stache at the Words and Pictures bash.

9. Stock Pierce Brosnan breakfasted on eggs at the 31st-floor restaurant in the Trump Hotel. Keanu Reeves, Glenn Close, Josh Brolin, Freida Pinto and James Van der Beek were also spotted.

10. dbar Al Pacino graced the Four Seasons lounge in the wee hours of September 11.

Honourable Mentions: Former Gourmet editor and New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl raved about meals at King West restaurant Edulis and Iranian brunch spot Takht-e Tavoos, which, on any other week, would have rocketed the pair to the top of the list. Back in the celeb-verse, Mila Kunis continued to avoid dairy at Royal York restaurant Epic, where she and a gal pal dined on scallops and greens; Mia Wasikowska gave a shout-out to the Bolognese at Sotto Sotto on Avenue Road; and ex-Potterite Daniel Radcliffe called Burgers Priest the “best burger I’ve had.”



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