Office Chatter: Lunch Eats

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Bringing your lunch to work every day is hard – and even harder when you’re surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the city! From lunch meetings to takeout, here are our favourite spots near the NKPR office!

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Buonanotte Toronto
19 Mercer Street

This Entertainment District hotspot brought 20 years of great food, great drinks and a great vibe from their Montreal location to Toronto and we could not be more excited! Buonanotte offers authentic Italian comfort food and a weekly lunch table d’hôte. Open Monday – Friday  from 11:30 AM – 3 PM, it is the perfect spot for a client meeting, a quick sit-down respite from the busy office or a laissez-faire lunch on a day off! To make reservations call 416-599-7246 or email toronto@buonanotte.com

NKPR Pick: Agnolotti del Plin con Burro e Salvia (Traditional Piedmontese pasta filled with beef, pork and rabbit with butter, sage and parmigiano)

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Khao San Road
326 Adelaide Street West

There’s almost always a line outside of Khao San Road during weekday lunch, but trust us, it’s worth the wait! Not your average Thai restaurant, KSR (as we like to call it), boasts authentic flavours with signature dishes like Street Style Pad Thai and tender braised beef in their signature Khao Soi. Delicious food, friendly staff – did we mention delicious food?

NKPR Pick: Green Curry Chicken – Thai Spicy

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Ravi Soups
322 Adelaide Street West

Anyone who says that a bowl of soup isn’t a full meal has clearly never frequented Ravi Soups. Created with a combination of culinary genius and fresh ingredients, Ravi will change the way you feel about a simple bowl of soup. And trust us, a large Beef Miso is enough for lunch AND dinner. 

NKPR Pick: Roasted Free Range Chicken Wrap with Porcini Mushroom Soup

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Zupa’s Restaurant & Deli
342 Adelaide Street West

NKPR’s local greasy spoon, Zupa’s is everything a good diner should be; simple with a delicious menu and easy on the wallet. Perfect for a freshly made meal on a dime! 

NKPR Pick: Soup of the Day and the Grilled Cheese

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Banh Mi Boys
392 Queen Street West

Asian fusion at its best! Banh Mi Boys combines Vietnamese flavours with North American-ized banh mi sandwiches and tacos. The line is long but the flavours are unreal. Take it from us – we haven’t met a banh mi we don’t love yet!

NKPR Pick: Grilled Chicken Banh Mi and Kimchi Fries

Le Gourmand

Le Gourmand
152 Spadina Ave

The best NKPR brainstorms come with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies from Le Gourmand… The French-inspired cafe offers the option to takeout, sit-down as well as a full grocery section with specialty treats!

NKPR Pick: Cobb Salad and Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s your favourite lunch spot in the city? Tweet us @natashankpr!  

NKPR Celebrates: Buonanotte Toronto Opening

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We’ll admit it. The NKPR team loves a great party. Needless to say, when we heard Montreal hotspot Buonanotte was expanding to Toronto, we were just a little bit excited to check out the new venue. The original Buona is known for its nightlife, celebrity spottings and most importantly, its delicious food! And after attending Tuesday’s Buonanotte launch on 19 Mercer, we can confirm this Toronto outpost will bring that same Montreal flair to the city, with a few Toronto-inspired menu items, of course!

Check out our Top 5 highlights from the Buonanotte Toronto opening:

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1) The Crowd
Toronto photographer extraordinaire and editor of The C Daily, Ryan Emberley, tweeted that the Buonanotte Toronto launch felt like the first day of school. And we couldn’t agree more! Amid a snowy and cold January, we were thrilled to get out and see everyone for the first time after the holidays.

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2) The Porchetta
Okay so we’ll be honest… not many of us have ever seen a full roasted pig before. And while it was maybe a bit alarming at first, the moment we tried Chef Davide Iannaci’s flavourful porchetta on a neapolitan pizza crust, we were sold on the presentation.

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3) The Other Food
Those that know us, know that we are an office of food-lovers! Buona showed off their true restaurant chops on Tuesday with food stations complete with risotto, gnocchi, charcuterie, pizza, cheese, olives and passed hors d’oeuvres.

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4) The Vibe
Buonanotte Montreal is known for its nightlife and we can tell Toronto will also be a fun fusion of music, good food and friends!

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5) The Team
We had a great night working at the Buonanotte Toronto launch and celebrating the opening of this fabulous new spot. We’ll be back soon!

[photos by JJ Thompson – medianeeds.ca]