Taking a step into ēst, you notice a sense of calm unusual in bustling Toronto. Once you’re seated, dishes appear tableside, as if they have been plucked directly from a Canadian forest.
It’s the time of year when bleary-eyed film fanatics form endless queues, celeb-spotters plant themselves in festival territory, party keeners pour themselves into cocktail attire, and everyone grumbles about the traffic. We’ve sussed out some places for all types, and yes, there’s plenty of champagne.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Bonavista Biennale, begins today and sees Canadian, and international artists take over the Bonavista Peninsula with large-scale public displays for an entire month.
Chotto Matte (which means “wait a minute” in Japanese) is a sprawling new restaurant marrying Japanese and Peruvian fare, that’s just opened in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Shook Kitchen is Hanif Harji’s dive into the Middle East, with Israeli cuisine viewed through a strictly vegetarian lens.
The aesthetic is certainly minimal, but more than that: at the very core is a method of creation that does not use a single stitch or drop of glue.