Estia: Toronto Life’s #8 Best New Restaurant of 2018

Congratulations are in order for the Estia and ICONINK teams as it was just listed at #8 in Toronto Life‘s Best New Restaurants of 2018. Previously NAO Steakhouse, Estia emerged onto the restaurant scene in April of 2017 inspired by the coastal regions of Greece, Italy and Spain. The restaurant prides itself on fresh ingredients, in-house cured meats and wood-fire grilled mains.

Photo courtesy of Dave Gillespie for Toronto Life

Toronto Life’s Mark Pupo lists what he loves about Estia as “the dreamy mellowness of house-made halloumi and roasted grapes; the daily haul of Mediterranean fish, roasted in a wood-burning oven and served on a porcelain platter with a patchwork of pickled caper leaves and gremolata; lamb chops, kissed with char and slathered with tzatziki; and how, as if we were in a family-run Greek tavern in a fishing town, nearly every dish is paired with floral olive oil.” To read the full review, head to Toronto Life’s article here.

To learn more about Estia and to book your reservation, head to www.estiatoronto.com

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What’s inside Akira Back, the Michelin-starred chef’s first Canadian restaurant?

After opening its doors to Toronto in December, Akira Back has been wowing the city with Japanese-Korean dishes in a space inspired by the chef’s mother’s art. We invited Toronto Life and BlogTO to check out the restaurant for themselves and here’s what they had to say…

Toronto Life

The Food

Photo courtesy of Renee Suen for Toronto Life

“The menu of Korean-flavoured Japanese dishes features a few of Back’s playful signature items (tuna pizza, wagyu tacos), a whole whack of fancy ingredients (foie gras, caviar, truffle paste) and more-traditional sushi, sashimi and maki. One dish exclusive to this location is Back’s quirky tribute to Canada: crispy cubes of rice topped with seared tuna and flavoured with ketchup powder, because ketchup chips.”

 

BlogTO

The Interior

“The Toronto restaurant on the second floor of the Bisha Hotel by a world-renowned chef is surprisingly personal. Exterior signage, a sophisticated ceiling design and even plates feature artwork inspired by the chef’s mother. Even getting into the restaurant is impressive thanks to an all-gold stairway.”

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