Notable Now Toronto: May 18, 2012

Just Opened: Kinton Ramen
Brought to us by the same folks behind the Guu Izakayas, Kinton Ramen is brand new Japanese noodle house that opened softly on Monday and is hosting their Grand Opening tonight. What’s on the menu? Ramen noodles of course, with any toppings you can think of, from spicy garlic to sweet corn to Swiss cheese. Find it at 51 Baldwin Street.

Just Opened: Osteria 55
While The Bowery didn’t last long at 55 Colborne Street, the owners didn’t shut down for financial reasons. No, they partnered up with John Chetti of Queen Margherita Pizza to bring us an authentic and sublime Osteria. Serving down-home Italian classic food you’d find in Nonna’s kitchen, Osteria 55 is a subtle new place for the city’s love affair with Italian food. 

Kampai Toronto
On May 31st at the Fermenting Cellar (55 Mill Street), Toronto’s Festival of Sake will draw a boisterous crowd for a day of tastings, demonstrations, and lots of Japanese food from some of the city’s top restaurants (like Ki, Blowfish, Guu, and the list goes on). Inevitably, “Sake to me!” will be heard more than once…

Just Opened: Lamesa
Lamesa Filipino Kitchen is another brand new spot, occupying the space at 669 Queen Street West. If you’ve never tried Filipino cooking before, then you’re in for a real treat. The dishes are unique and wholly satisfying – like the laing pot pie, or the shrimp pinakbet – and the space is bright and inviting. Lamesa is a must-try for the culturally curious.

Doors Open Toronto
On May 26th and 27th the city’s institutions, both historic and modern, are opening up their doors for the annual Doors Open Toronto. Get amazing access to the buildings often on lock, check out the fantastic hidden gems on our landscape, and see a side to Toronto rarely seen but during this two-day fest. Over 135 buildings are opening up, so get out and about and see as many as you can.

Toronto Taste
On May 27th at the ROM, over 60 of Toronto’s top restaurants and 30 purveyors of fine bevvies will be gathering for the extraordinary Toronto Taste in support of Second Harvest. The 22nd annual event will see you walking through the prestigious ROM while sampling bites, rubbing elbows with top chefs, drinking some of the finest wine and cocktails, all raising funds to help feed over 700,000 families.

Photo courtesy Dave Champion, Toronto Taste