OSSINGTON GETS A FACELIFT
Plus Dundas gets a Parisian wine bar seen through hipster eyes
Omaw returns to the strip with a new chef and a cool American menu
PARIS PARIS is the latest oh-sohip spot from Jonathan Poon and partner in resto crime Jesse Fader. (You know the Js from Superpoint and that Bar Fancy chicken.) It’s a wine bar, of course, and it’s at 1161 Dundas St. W. Look for Krysta Oben, one half of Grape Witches, behind the bar where she’s pouring casual vino as well as some chi-chi stuff for a certain kind of eve. Chef Nicholas Morra (Chantecler, La Banane) is in the kitchen. C’est bon.
Holt Renfrew, destination for all things d’luxe, has gone and closed all of its branded cafés. But who better to replace them than
COLETTE GRAND CAFÉ? Now, Yorkdale mall, up at 3401 Dufferin St., has swung open those doors on its French-ish joiner, with a menu that skips from beef tartare to salad niçoise to a fancy Dungeness crab omelette.
Fan of brunch? Do you like eggs? A mimosa or deux? Well NORTHERN MAVERICK BREWING CO.,
at 115 Bathurst St., is now doing brunch come the weekend. Benny, dry-aged steak ’n’ eggs, pancakes for that pesky vegan.… Sip politely on bottomless mimosas or house lagers and you will exit elegantly.
Remember OMAW? Matt Blondin’s resto at 88 Ossington Ave. has been given a wee facelift. There’s a new chef and partner, David Schwartz, who joins Adrian Niman and Brent McClenahan in their resto group. Omaw’s American menu now has stuff like trout crudo with cucumber buttermilk. In other news, the busy group is also bringing BLONDIES PIZZA to two hush-hush spots in town. They promise delivery-style ’za.
Monsieur Charles Khabouth is back at it again (well, he’s never not at it, really). SOFIA, opening at 99 Yorkville Ave., is his latest resto from the man behind Byblos, Estia, La Société and more. We’re promised authentic Italian fare from up-and-coming exec chef Christine Mast. Think: antipasti, carne, pesce and, yes, pasta. Summerhill is soon getting sustainable poke at UMAMI POKE, coming to 1252 Yonge St. You know the drill.
Modern Afghan cuisine is what
NAAN & KABOB is all about. The mini chain may already be familiar to those from Scarborough, Markham and Mississauga, but it’s now got a downtown space at 921 Yonge St. The official opening date for the fast-cas spot is March 21. Look for flatbread, mantu and lotsa kebabs.
Clarification: In the February 2018 edition we noted that incoming Davisville resto KHAU
GULLY (eating street) will dish out Indian street food. But the restaurant will actually not serve street food.
sad to see you go
In the food world, 25 is actually 87. Alas, after making it to a quarter of a century in age, Italian resto
SPACCO has opted to close shop. Fans can still pop over to their sibling resto, Alleycatz, right next door at 2409 Yonge St. Phew!
Clockwise from left: Il Covo’s gussied-up fried bread, trout crudo at the new Omaw and Paris Paris’s Jon Poon