PopGoesTheNews.com Getting a bite to eat while traveling through Toronto's airport is about to get even more outrageously expensive.
Pearson International Airport has announced plans to add a dozen bar and restaurant concepts in partnership with celebrity chefs like Mark McEwan and Guy Rubino later this year and in 2013. They include:
|A rendering of the Apropos cocktail bar in T1.|
• Acer (Terminal 3), a Japanese restaurant with a menu created by Rubino.
• Apropos (Terminal 1), two cocktail bars flanking the concourse and offering light meals and drinks. Brewer Brock Shepherd, master somelier John Szabo and chef Michael Coury collaborated on the offerings.
• Corso (T3), a trattoria featuring traditional Italian cuisine, including fresh pastas, pizzas, salads and antipasti, developed by chef Rocco Agostino (Pizzeria Libretto).
• Cibo Express Gourmet Markets (T1), offering freshly prepared products from artisan purveyors and bottled beverages.
• Fetta Panini Bar (T1), an eatery featuring paninis, salads and small dishes developed by McEwan.
• Heirloom Bakery Café (T1 and T3), from baker Devin Connell and offering light entrées like soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods — all made fresh using local ingredients.
• Marathi (T1), featuring a menu of Indian food created by Hemant Bhagwani.
• Nobel Burger Bar (T3), also from McEwan, allows customers to build their own burgers or choose from a variety of options.
• Trillium (T3), described as a "global tapas restaurant and bar," this eatery from chef Claudio Aprile (Origin) promises snacks and small dishes as well as raw bar selections, salads and open-faced sandwiches. Breakfast items include custom omelets and Thai banana pancakes.
• Vinifera (T1 and T3) is a wine bar created by Szabo and Coury featuring small dishes, salads and paninis made from locally-sourced ingredients. The wine list will include more than 85 bottles from Ontario and around the world.
Pearson is also installing more than 2,500 Apple iPads throughout the gate areas of both terminals so guests can order food, browse the web and receive real-time flight information.
Nearly 34 million people pass through Pearson every year. Travelers have long bemoaned the lack of food options. (Only this past February did Terminal 1 get its first fast-food burger outlet, an A&W.)