Bazaar Global Food Bar brings together flavours from all parts of the world inside a colourful, vibrantly decorated space that, according to the Grid, looks "similar to a children's wing of a science museum." Hemant Bhagwani—the founder of the Amaya Indian restaurant chain—established Bazaar as a place to test dishes influenced by international locales such as Vietnam, Italy, Morocco, and India. At the family-friendly restaurant, vivid artwork surrounds the tables under dancing footprints painted on the ceiling, and a chalkboard wall lets kids relay their order with games of hangman. Much like the menu, whose items range from specialty pizzas to roasted lamb, the dining area is divided into several sections, including a spacious downstairs where T-shirts and merchandise display Bazaar's support of Being Human, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthcare and education for India's underserved youth.
Ion Aimers is known to some as the man behind a gourmet burger bistro chain with locations across Canada. He's known to others as an award-winning restaurateur, and to others still as a philanthropic community member who uses his business to help others. But to pizza lovers, Ion—along with partner James Dupre—created ZaZaZa Pizza With Pizazz.
Dusted with corn meal, laced with honey, or whisked up without gluten, pizza crusts hoist carefully curated flavour combinations that are sometimes surprising and always delicious. Even sauces have an unexpected appeal; in addition to classic tomato, crusts are daubed with the likes of tomato-tandoori sauce and alfredo cream sauce. When it's time for toppings, chefs grace circles with fare such as truffle oil, chorizo, or even brie. The end results are topping-laden, gourmet pizzas, but with names like Scary Roommate, Lover's Leap, and Cheezboiga!, it's clear that fun is just as important as taste.
Mesh Peri-Peri Grill, formerly known as Chick-Felays, blends North African and Portuguese herbs and spices to create a tangy marinade for their flame-grilled chicken. They soak the chickens in the marinade for 24 hours, ensuring tender slices of meat to join with their spicy rice and fries.
Chefs at HeyDayz whip up a vast menu of delicately spiced burgers, fried seafood, and scores of sauce-soaked poutine platters. Burger lovers expand their horizons with a roster of not-so-standard stand-outs, such as the sticky burger crowned with peanut and bacon and the strawberry delight?a savory-sweet marriage of strawberry jam and mozzarella cheese on a juicy beef patty. Beyond burgers, HeyDayz offers an array of traditional sandwiches and fresh wraps in varieties including buffalo chicken, chipotle beef, and veggie. Fried seafood dinners feature mix-and-match sides of dill fries, mashed potatoes, and caesar salad while 11 types of poutines dare guests to turn traditional fries into a full-tilt meal.
Nestled between the homestyle meatloaf and fluffy pancakes, Ten Friends Diner has something very different on the menu. More than a family-friendly restaurant, Ten Friends is a nonprofit organization that works with those recovering from mental illness in order to help them find their place in the community once again. They specifically hire mental-health survivors in order to give them a safe space to learn new skills and regain their footing—they even have facilitators on staff to help with the adjustment. Customers who eat there can rest assured that not only will they receive a great meal, but that they're helping their community, too. At the cozy diner, staff chefs treat visitors to freshly made meals—from cheesy custom omelettes to juicy burgers. For dessert, they whip up handcrafted baked goods, such as daily pie and muffins.
The menu at Mideastro includes entrees such as black truffle risotto, veal scallopini, and seafood linguine with homemade pasta. But the fusion elements that went into the original Mideastro are still deliciously present: a seafood duet mixes calamari and jumbo shrimp with citrusy pearl couscous, and the lamb-and-beef kufta highlights Middle Eastern spice. Guests sit down to these suppers beneath modern chandeliers, which also illuminate a stonework bar stocked with spirits. (Groups who book the private party room access an even cozier space.) Other drinks come from a wine list curated by a master sommelier?a title that's only bestowed on you if you can tempt the cork from its bottle like a snake charmer.