Popular suburban Congee Queen franchise opens at Yonge and Dundas

It’s a bit surreal to go to Yonge and Dundas and walk through the doors of the recently opened Congee Queen. This GTA restaurant franchise has nine locations including Markham, North York and Scarborough and has, for almost two decades, been synonymous with the suburbs for my family. Now it’s in the heart of the … Read more

Why Mystic Muffin is the ideal office lunch spot

As I get more email alerts about the Star moving the newsroom from One Yonge to the corner of Front Street West and Spadina Avenue this fall, I have one concern on my mind: where’s my new office lunch spot going to be? Since working from home, I have missed seeking out independent lunch places, … Read more

The Star’s alt Michelin Guide: 15 must-try Toronto restaurants

If I had a dime for every time I’ve been asked what I thought of Toronto’s first Michelin Guide that came out recently — or similar annual lists where the same restaurants get the accolades year after year — well, I could probably finally afford to eat at one of those places. As someone who … Read more

The Queen and Hong Kong’s tradition of milk tea and toast

Like clockwork, around 3 pm each day, my mom makes herself a cup of milk tea with toast (crusts off, like a tea sandwich.) The ritual of afternoon tea has been ingrained in my now-retired parents from back when they worked in offices in Hong Kong. It’s why cha chaan tengs (Hong Kong diners) and … Read more

A handful of Michelin-star restaurants can’t define Toronto

Can a GTA food guide be representative of the city if there’s no mention of doubles, rotis and beef patties? What about dim sum parlors that run the gamut from little Chinatown spots to the glamorous banquet halls of Richmond Hill? The red sauce joints in Woodbridge? Or all the South Asian spots in Brampton … Read more

Toronto’s Michelin Guide: Everything you need to know

The much-anticipated Michelin Guide was launched in Toronto Tuesday evening, with one restaurant receiving two stars and a dozen other places getting one star. “It’s unexpected but it’s exciting,” says chef Patrick Kriss, whose restaurants Alo and Alobar Yorkville each received a star. “We’ll keep striving to get two (stars) and for Aloette to get … Read more

Where to get the best butter tarts in Toronto

“Try it frozen first,” urges baker Eric De Garie as he offers a plate of his maple butter tarts served three ways: from the freezer, room temperature and right out of the oven. When cold, the filling is almost like a pate de fruit: soft but not gummy, and as De Garie notes, not as … Read more

Prices are expected to rise at the LCBO as freight costs for importing wine rise

Despite significant price hikes at the gas pump, in grocery stores and elsewhere, the cost of wine has remained pretty stable over the past two years. Sure, there have been moderate increases here and there, but nothing major. That’s about to change in more months, according to industry insiders. So you’ll want to stock up … Read more

A guide to Toronto’s summer food festivals and markets

It’s been a roller-coaster ride the last two years, but the city is alive once again. And the next two months, with food festivals and markets galore, will be a prime time to get out to eat. There are the usual big players to look forward to, but we also have a new crop of … Read more

Meet Mama Lee of Toronto’s Kimchi Korea House

Meet Mama Lee of Toronto’s Kimchi Korea House | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”TikTok video by Star Eats”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”Michelle, who typically manages the front of house and her nephew Jin, who is the kitchen’s head chef, have found endless joy in being able to share their Korean recipes and culture with others through the family-run business.”,”type”:”text”,”isParagraph”:true,”isHeading”:false},{“type”:”ad”,”heading”:”ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW”,”name”:”ArticleSecondBigBox”,”display”:”medium-down”,”pos”:”2″,”interstitial”:true,”sizes”:[[300,250]]},{“text”:”Kimchi … Read more