Alo gets a cool cat younger sib­ling

Plus a bodega opens up into a 1960s Hong Kong room

Annex Post - - FOOD -

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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!

foodie finds

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.

com­ing soon

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

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