Plus Yonge and Eg gets a mo­tor­cy­cle-themed bar and Grant van Gameren goes ve­gan

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big opens

At club king Charles Khabouth’s

SOFIA (99 Yorkville Ave.), ev­ery­thing is luxe to the max: the din­ing room is decked out in snowy white ac­cents and rich red vel­vet; chef Chris­tine Mast’s Ital­ian clas­sics are plated with artistry and care, and there is one se­ri­ously chi-chi cock­tail menu from Nis­han Nepu­lan­goda (of the for­mer Blow­fish).

If Grant van Gameren builds it, they will come. He now joins forces with restau­ra­teurs Jamie Cook (Pizze­ria Li­bretto) and Max Rimaldi (Ten­nessee Tav­ern) to present ROS­ALINDA, (133 Rich­mond St. W.), an ex­cit­ing new ve­gan Mex­i­can con­cept, which aims to win over car­ni­vores and her­bi­vores alike.

Sip cock­tails like your favourite tragic lit­er­ary mil­lion­aire at the

GATSBY AND PI­ANO BAR (18 St. Thomas St.) in the Wind­sor Arms Ho­tel. Ooz­ing with charm, this place is per­fect for a dal­liance with a dis­il­lu­sioned heiress or a night out with friends. There’s a prix fixe menu, fancy bar snacks and a 10,000-bot­tle wine cel­lar (no one goes thirsty here). Plus there’s a house pi­anist to tickle the ivorys.

foodie finds

Nights out at Yonge & Eg just got a lot more lively with the ad­di­tion of FOUR BAR­REL HOLLY’S (150 Eglin­ton Ave. E.) With 36 beers on tap and an ex-Mon­trealer for a chef, you can ex­pect some ex­cel­lent au­then­tic pou­tine to pair with your craft brew of choice.

New Kens­ing­ton break­fast sand­wich spot Eggs Be­fore All Else or

EGG BAE (189 Au­gusta Ave.) is ob­sessed with the break­fast standby. Lo­cally sourced, free-run eggs are served atop fresh-baked buns and paired with house-made hash browns.

Get your engines revved up at mo­tor­cy­cle-themed STRAY (532 Col­lege St.), a new bar in Lit­tle Italy that not only serves up cock­tails and tasty snacks, but also aims to be a hub for Toronto’s hog-lovers.

Ja­panese pan­cakes are of­fi­cially a “thing” in T.O. FUWA FUWA’s

(408 Bloor St. W.) jig­gly ver­sion is fluffy, light, sweet and to­tally ad­dic­tive.

com­ing soon

The team at Alo has al­ready mas­tered fine din­ing and up­scale diner fare (see cover story). Now we ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate ALO BAR. (162 Cum­ber­land St.). It opens this sum­mer, tak­ing over the space that for­merly housed Crème Brasserie.

Af­ter a year’s hia­tus, the pop­u­lar sum­mer mar­ket at Union Sta­tion re­turns come July 1. UNION SUM

MER prom­ises food ven­dors, daily live mu­sic and more. Fingers crossed for the re­turn of Death in Venice’s ge­lato and Mo­mo­fuku’s tasty noo­dles.

The Food Dudes them­selves are open­ing up a new fine din­ing con­cept at King and Portland. Com­ing this Au­gust, SARA, (98 Portland St.) will serve up Ja­panese-in­spired dishes. In other Food Dudes news, two BLONDIE’S

PIZZA lo­ca­tions are in the works for the Fi­nan­cial District and Les­lieville.

Board game nerds, this place is for you. STORM CROW MANOR (580 Church St.) is set to open in the (prob­a­bly — OK, def­i­nitely —haunted) Vic­to­rian man­sion in the vil­lage. There will be se­cret doors, mad sci­en­tist cock­tail bars and all sorts of geeky sur­prises.

sad to see you go HAWKER BAR

on Oss­ing­ton is no more. We raise a Kaf­fir Coco to six years of hip drinks and tasty south­east Asian cui­sine.

Drake and Susur Lee’s King

West resto FRING’S is clos­ing. Af­ter only a few short years, it’s on to big­ger and bet­ter things for the 6god and celebrity chef.

Sadly, we also saw NOORDEN

FOOD BAR close its doors last month. With good Dutch and In­done­sian food rel­a­tively rare in T.O., it will be missed.

Af­ter an im­pres­sive 18 years, Park­dale’s CADIL­LAC LOUNGE has been sold. All is not lost, how­ever — the new man­age­ment will keep it as a live mu­sic venue.

Clockwise from left: Sofia’s luxe din­ing room, Ros­alinda’s Ji­cama Salad, the Gatsby and Pi­ano Bar’s classy seat­ing

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