Alo gets a cool cat younger sibling
Plus a bodega opens up into a 1960s Hong Kong room
ALOETTE, dubbed “the neighbourhood diner reimagined by chef Patrick Kriss,” is what happens when a diner gets an expert chef plus a wash of design savvy. Found at 163 Spadina Ave., the casual sib to high-end eatery Alo does not (repeat, not!) allow resos. A walk-in-only rule means getting your paws on a burger with fried Beaufort cheese and an apple pie sundae with Chantilly cream is actually possible.
If you haven’t heard of MAHJONG BAR at 1276 Dundas St. W., for shame! The definition of the term “unassuming” from the street, the space appears to be nothing more than a bodega. But beyond sits a delicious room inspired by ’60s Hong Kong. Nosh on Chinese greens in oyster sauce and pork and shrimp wontons while sipping a Peach Panther with watermelon and soju.
Looking for a new French bistro? At BACCHANAL, 60 Sudbury St., exec chef Luke Donato (Campagnolo) dishes out eats like blanquette du veau, magret de canard and, for dessert, baba au rhum. Time to dust off la langue française, baby!
Uptown gluttons can be thankful for KANDA IZAKAYA, found at 2140 Yonge St. This izakaya will satiate cravings for Japanese, dishing out udon, okonomiyaki, kakimayo, tonkatsu and all those other wolfable eats.
Remember the cool nabe Gerrones, home to joints like Pinkerton’s? Well POOR ROMEO, sibling to the aforementioned snacky spot, is now open at 1029 Gerrard St. E. Diner-ish fare includes fried green tomatoes and chorizostuffed gorditas.
LA CUBANA, has cha-cha-cha’d its way into the same strip at 1030 Gerrard St. E. Yep. Pressed cubanos and Cuban plates with pork shoulder, rice ’n’ beans and tostones make Gerrones shinier than ever.
West enders who love brunch sure love the Federal. Now, Roncy dwellers and those who will travel for a very good sandwich can get excited about GOLD STANDARD. This takeout joint is found behind Reunion Island at 385 Roncesvalles Ave. The namesake sando is cheddar-scrambled eggs on an English muffin with bacon (or kale) aïoli, pickles and hot sauce. Done.
Don’t you for one second think that Grant van Gameren is sitting on his laurels. Nope. Soon cometh QUETZAL, a resto serving up regional Mexican fare. All shall be cooked according to trad Mexican methods, with Julio Guajardo and Kate Chomyshyn (El Rey) in the kitchen. Partisans is designing the 419 College St. space. There will be moles, grilled meats, squash tlacoyo, a ceviche bar.… Oh. And there will be mezcal.
Were you looking for an 18,000square-foot space housing a café, market, beer hall and more? Sure you were. ASSEMBLY CHEF’S HALL, coming to 111 Richmond St. W., checks off all those boxes. Think charcuterie, ramen, pizza, lobster rolls and more.
Who doesn’t love a nice cheese- cake? Well. Yorkdale mall is about to embrace the one and only CHEESECAKE FACTORY on Nov. 21. (Well, maybe not the only, but definitely the only in our fair city.) Let them eat (cheese) cake!
Industry peeps and kids in the know are pretty pleased about the arrival of VIT BEO. David Huynh, of noted cocktail bar Civil Liberties, is opening his own resto after a series of Vietnamese pop-ups. Stay tuned for more details.…
MARY BE KITCHEN is coming in hot to Yonge and St. Clair. Placing the onus on wellness and truly good food, the eatery will be crafting dishes using Beretta Farms meats that aren’t jacked up with hormones, antibiotics and all that other bad stuff. They’ll also be serving everybody’s fave snack: avo toast.
And in selling-out news, SWEET JESUS shall soon be diving into malls all across the GTA. Somehow those madcap ice cream cones don’t seem half as exciting anymore.…
Clockwise from left: Mahjong Bar’s pork and shrimp wontons, the diner’s never looked better than at Aloette, plus their namesake burger