Harbord Street gets an ocean-friendly eatery

Plus Pa­tois is back at it (fi­nally!), an au­then­tic Syr­ian resto and more

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Climate change–con­cerned pescatar­i­ans who favour Ja­panese cui­sine have hit the jack­pot.

found at 379 Harbord St., is brought to us by Ian Robin­son, who cut his den­tures at Sushi Kaji and Grand Elec­tric. Ocean Wise stamps abound, so scarf down all that maguro, tako and ebi sans guilt.

SKIPPA,

Craig Wong is back! Well OK, he’s been on the scene aplenty with and pop-ups, but his orig­i­nal bébé,

is back in biz. Fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing fire that crip­pled the Chi­nese–Ja­maican resto, a reno job turned into some­thing of a hia­tus. Now the space at 794 Dun­das St. W. has been jazzed up, and Wong’s spin­ning out new fare like jerk chicken chow mein and jelly co­conut and rum for sip­pin’.

JACK­POT CHICKEN RICE PA­TOIS,

Queen West is now home to

an au­then­tic resto-slash­cafe found at 676 Queen St. W. The Syr­ian eatery — they call them­selves the first of their kind — dishes out man­aeesh and knaf­feh. The for­mer is a flat­bread; the lat­ter a dessert made with akawi cheese and soaked in or­ange blos­som syrup with pis­ta­chios.

SOUFI’S,

Clock­wise from left: a de­lighted Craig Wong back at Pa­tois, Skippa’s serene in­te­rior and the heart of palm burger at Planta Burger You likely al­ready know his name from Mar­ben and Carver, but with his up­com­ing still-un­named Span­ish food hall, is set to be­come a house­hold moniker. This well-heeled chef did a stage this past Fe­bru­ary at Barcelona’s Tick­ets, Fer­ran and Al­bert Adrià’s hot-to-trot resto that is one of the world’s bests. No big deal.

ROB BRAGAGNOLO

Fans of Ja­panese desserts are all goo­gly-eyed over the lat­est ad­di­tion to the scene:

The flag­ship shop has just opened at 114 Dun­das St. W. and is dish­ing out its freshly baked, ohso-creamy cheese tarts. Try the clas­sic flavour with a roof of glazed apri­cot jam or fancier takes like matcha spiked with azuki red bean paste and mochi.

PABLO CHEESETART.

Into al fresco din­ing? South­ern Ital­ian spot found at 1718 Av­enue Rd., is now the proud owner of a gor­geous new rooftop pa­tio that may very well be the best up­town. You heard it here first.

PRONTO, TUTTO

Wondering what was to come of the for­mer Ori­gin space at Bayview Vil­lage? Well, in­dus­try heavy­weights

are gear­ing up to open an as of yet un­named resto. Al­though there’s no open­ing date or deets on the in­te­rior, we do know it’ll be an Ital­ian steak hous­es­lash-take­out BBQ joint. A match made in heaven.

BONACINI LEE KAI OLIVER &

Hear ye, hear ye! shall soon be sit­ting at 163 Spadina Ave. right be­neath the high priest­ess of Toronto’s din­ing scene. What­ever shall this sis­ter venue serve? Well the menu is still in the de­vel­op­men­tal phase (a.k.a. hush­hush), but we ex­pect great­ness.

ALOETTE ALO,

More in that vein.… Never con­tent to sit still, mae­stro

is look­ing ahead. No de­tails to name other than he’s work­ing on an ex­cit­ing project with his sons,

and We bet Drake’ll like it. (But, ahem, we hope that in light of their re­cent con­tro­versy, the Lees have solved their tip-shar­ing woes.)

SUSUR LEE. LEVI BENT-

Were you qui­etly sti­fling many a sob due to the clo­sure of

Well, tuck those tears away ’cause papa’s back.

shall tap dance into the 972 Col­lege St. space come fall, serv­ing Ital­ian fare. And that suck­ling pig (yes, an en­tire hog) shall grace ta­bles once again. Spinoff time! You al­ready know all about Yorkville’s plant-based (don’t you dare say, “ve­gan”) hot spot

Now cometh an­other green eatery: It’s open­ing Sept. 5 in the cur­rent Lit­tle Fin space at 4 Tem­per­ance St. Chefs David Lee and Tyler Shed­den have had a meet­ing of minds over the menu. Ex­pect spiffy burgs like one boast­ing a patty of heart of palm and cele­riac.

PLANTA. BURGER. PLANTA

Yorkville’s up­com­ing bou­tique ho­tel–slash-res­i­dences

found at 15 Charles St. E., has en­listed of-the­mo­ment chef to run the food pro­gram at the café, lounge and Mediter­ranean resto, all slated to open this Novem­ber. Sounds like it’ll be a thing.

HOUSE, ANNDORE THE CRAIG HARDING

ROSSI’s BESTELLEN? GIULIETTA ROB

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