Notable Now Toronto: November 2, 2012

Just Opened: Japas
Koreatown has another, well, Asian restaurant with the recent opening of Japas Japanese Tapas and Oyster Bar. Think: izakaya type dishes, non-izakaya type atmosphere. Featuring Japanese beers and cocktails galore, the real focus is the small and cheap share plates of innovative Japanese food – like sushi pizza, lotus root, deep fried fish, and more. You’ll find it at 692 Bloor Street West. 

Just Opened: The Monocle Shop
Monocle, a magazine-cum-global-media-brand, has launched its Toronto shop at 776 College Street. This small boutique is trendy chic, featuring finds from the Monocle catalogue like their popular ‘happy cards’, duffel bags, decor, small samplings of clothing and more. For the discerning shopper, this small boutique will be a regular stop-in for haute finds. 

TOCA Relaunches
TOCA at the Ritz-Carlton was rocked by the departure of Chef Tom Brodi. But now, it’s relaunched with a new concept, new menu, and new chef. Chef Gihen Zitouni takes the reigns in the kitchen, and has recreated the menu to reflect her career experiences. The Mediterranean-Canadian focus will surely please Toronto’s diners, and the sophisticated space will please the world. 181 Wellington Street West. 

DX Intersection
The Design Exchange is a Toronto institution, showcasing and helping to proliferate Canadian design talent. Their annual fundraiser is always a hot ticket, and this year’s event, Intersection, will be no different. Celebrating acclaimed gamechanger Douglas Coupland, DX Intersection features installations, live music, amusement park style raffle, top chefs, and so much more on Nov. 16 at 234 Bay Street. 

Just Opened: Marshalls
Designer discount superchain Marshalls has finally hit downtown Toronto’s shopping scene. Best part? It’s massive. Taking over the 29,000 square foot space left in the wake of superclub Circa’s closing (at 126 John Street). Though it’s the sister chain to frugal fashionista favourite Winners, Marshalls dt location has more of a focus on shoes and kidswear. Though there’s most definitely something for everyone.

Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show
In the Roy Thompson Hall Rotunda on Nov. 4, you’ll find a luxe wonderland that’ll please your palate while aching your sweet tooth. Yup, the Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show is back showcasing the best chocolate, chocolate products, chocolate innovations and more from around the world. The best part? It’s all in one place so you can sample your way around the world of chocolate literally and figuratively… and it’s all luxe!