May 25th, 2012
Guest Editor: Andrew Richmond
Design-director-cum-roving-taco-man is how Toronto Life sums up Andrew Richmond, the man spearheading Toronto’s taco revolution. His La Carnita pop-ups cooked up huge crowds. Prepare for line-ups down College St. when his first permanent spot opens in June. In the meantime, this is where you’ll find him noshing.
Andrew Richmond on Beast
Being asked to select your favourite local restaurant, at least in a city like Toronto, is quite a difficult task. Impossible even. So let me select one of my favourites, Beast, from chefs Scott and Rachelle Vivian. Beast is culinary brilliance in my books. The mix of strong flavours, carefully sourced ingredients, and southern influences continues to blow me away. I also love how Scott and Rachelle didn’t start with a concept and build from there. Instead they seem to have started with the simple idea of good food and then integrate conceptual or thematic elements if and when they work. And in terms of a favourite dish, it has to be the beastwich off their brunch menu. Calling it mouthwatering would be a compliment to the term mouthwatering. —Andrew Richmond
Beast Restaurant, 96 Tecumseth St., Toronto, 647-352-6000, www.thebeastrestaurant.com