With the closing of Bigliardi’s steakhouse, and the shuttering of high-end Truffles, in the Four Seasons Yorkville, Toronto has lost two more mainstay, Old Guard restaurants. The Truffles space is being used for private functions and word on the street is that a pizza restaurant has taken over Bigliardi’s.
Mexican restaurant Milagro has opened on Queen Street West, in downtown Toronto, several blocks west of Bathurst, in the space formerly occupied by short-lived Coca tapas bar. This is Milagro’s third Toronto location. The 56-seat main dining room can be rented out for events and as a business meeting venue, as can the second-floor space, seating 64 (sit-down) and hosting 80 (cocktails).
Superstar Paris chef Pierre Gagnaire is launching Twist by Pierre Gagnaire in Las Vegas. The restaurant is slated to open Dec. 4, in the 23rd-floor lobby of the 47-storey Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in the $8.5-billion City Center project. Costing $7-million, and featuring a design by Adam Tihany, Twist will feature Gagnaire’s highly inventive food. Average price per person, including wine, is expected to be around $135. Gagnaire operates restaurants in Paris, London, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai and Hong Kong.
Back in Toronto, just-launched Buca, whose kitchen is headed up by ex-One chef Rob Gentile, continues to pack them in. But good luck finding the place; reports say the restaurant is down a back alley, in Toronto’s King Street West nabe, and is bereft of signage. The team behind Jacobs & Co. and The Saint are bankrolling Buca.
The Liberty Group has taken over Flow restaurant, in Toronto’s tony Yorkville, and is renovating the space, with the aim of re-launching as Ciao. A December opening is planned.
New York superchef Daniel Boulud will open Bar Boulud in London, England, next spring, in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel.
The Chef Upstairs, in midtown Toronto, offers customized, private dining, where customers choose the chef, menu, wine and decor. Ideal for groups, the room hosts 30 in an open-concept kitchen setting, offers a nut-free environment and a ‘bring your own wine’ option