Food truckers open Argentine resto
Plus Anthony Rose just won’t stop, Leaside’s new brewpub and more
Familiar with the Che Baby food truck? Well the team behind it — Sebastian Gallucci and Mike Mizzi — has opened AMA, a stand-alone Argentinian resto at 930 Queen St. W. Grub includes empanadas and chori-pan sammies with chorizo and chimichurri. Those who wish to be swept away to Buenos Aires best go for the entraña, a platter loaded up with Argentine beef and rotating sides.
Leaside’s MAYRIK, found at 1580 Bayview Ave., is a neighbourhood newbie serving up Balkan and Caucasian cuisine. The focus is on Armenian, Greek and Lebanese recipes and involves eats like baba ghanouj, deconstructed sarma (a.k.a. dolmades) and a daily fish offering.
We still don’t have the buzzy Akira Back resto, but Bisha Hotel’s KOST is now up and running. Chef Ben Heaton oversees the food program at the rooftop eatery, up on the 44th floor of the 80 Blue Jays Way space. Bites inspired by Cali and Mexico include tuna tartare and a peach and burrata salad. Get there while it’s still patio season!
Maybe you’re weary of hearing about restaurateur Anthony Rose, but hey, get the man to stop making new restos! SCHMALTZ
APPETIZING has taken over
224 Ossington Ave., a primo corner lot at Dundas and Ossy. Order up that chub club sammie with gravlax and whitefish salad.
Chase Hospitality Group is looking for a gold star for consciousness with PALM LANE. The new addition to Yorkville Village prays at the church of salads and bowls, with lots of plant-based options. Try the Niloo salad with romaine and bulgar jazzed with pomegranate and tahini dressing.
With two years under its belt as a self-service cafe, BEIRUTI GRAND
CAFÉ has now branched out into a full-service resto. Located at 155 Consumers Rd., Unit 101, the eatery’s signatures include Lebanese mezze, fare from the grill and fish, such as sea bream.
What was once Soi Thai is now SHANEE. The inviting space at 651 College St. is all about seducing diners with southeast Asian fare. Order up plates like spicy seafood salad with glass noodles and charred kalbi with rice balls. Their cassava green curry poutine is what happens when Canada’s fave snack journeys to Thailand.
The kids behind Lil’ Baci (now only on Queen East) and Bob Coffee Bar have intro’d
ANNABELLE PASTA BAR to 909 Davenport Rd. The resto serves up three daily pastas (think pappardelle with cremini and porcini butter) as well as other eats. Yum.
Our ears (and stomachs) are all perked up for the arrival of AMS
TERDAM BARREL HOUSE. This upcoming gastropub is high footing it into 45 Esandar Dr. with space for 300 patrons. Dine on fare like their new grilled steaks as well as faves from the brew house like Buffalo cauliflower and the pretzel. Beerwise, there will be a small on-site brewery pouring out sours and plenty of exclusive barrel-aged brews to boot. Emerald green swirls of soft serve are what Japan’s TSUJIRI is known for. Now uptowners are able to gets their matcha-loving mitts on some much easier, thanks to the new locale at 4909 Yonge St. Dine on everything matcha, from chiffon cake to cappuccino.
Fancy some Filipino fast food?
JOLLIBEE is readying itself to open a Scarborough outpost in early 2018. Diners will be able to tuck into their classic fried chicken and peach mango pie.
For years, Frank Parhizgar and partner Shawn Cooper did their meticulous thing at Frank’s Kitchen in Little Italy. After closing it and taking a time out, they’re coming back with FK
WINE BAR, at 770 St. Clair W. We have high hopes for the space.
sad to see you go
Beloved eatery STEVE’S, located at Bathurst and Wilson, is closing its doors. On the bright side, they’re currently seeking out new digs. Stay tuned.
Clockwise from left: Mayrik rolls out eastern Euro fare, Beiruti Grand Café’s luxe space and Shanee’s spicy seafood salad