FRANK IS RED HOT
Husband and wife team lovingly crafts midtown bistro
Joanne Kates dishes on Frank Parhizgar’s new St. Clair spot, FK Restaurant
FK RESTAURANT 770 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-551-9731 fkrestauranttoronto.com
SCENE: A cosy meeting place for friends or couples out on date night, with classy-yet-homey decor
RECOMMENDED DISHES: Chilled pea soup with snow crab and ratatouille, the 12 oz. prime strip loin topped with fresh black truffles and the banana foster souffle
SPECIALITY: Tableside service for many of the menu items and an after-dinner drink cart with cheese and petit fours
DRINKS: Let the Sun In (El Jimador Reposado, muddled pear, fresh basil, lime juice) and the Rosemary's Old Fashioned (bourbon, blood orange juice, rosemary). Chef Frank is also a certified sommelier. PRICE: $160 for two OPEN: Dinner is served Tuesday to Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. RESERVATIONS: Call 416-551-9731. My beloved partner and I have an ongoing fight about restaurants. Now that I review less frequently than in yesteryear, we go out just for fun more often. I always want to go to the places I know and love. Places with reliably good food, comfy ambience and quiet enough that one can actually hold a conversation. He is as old as me, but he’s into hipster havens. Ossington, he says, with a gleam in his eye. Dundas West!! Not for him the tried and true. And definitely not uptown.
Same deal with my friend Barbara. Last week we were in New York, in the East Village. Before theatre we went to a delicious oyster bar. Too loud to talk, tiny table, crazy crowded. After theatre dinner was a French restaurant where they insisted we had no reso and finally/grumpily seated us in the area of highest possible traffic. We appeared to be the only women there in less than three-inch heels and with more than three decades under our belts. Food was meh. Barbara loved the evening because she doesn’t like to dine with people her age. After dinner I got scolded on Open Table for failing to show up for my reso, and heartburn from all the butter. But we did think we were cool.
Frank Parhizgar has not, to my knowledge, ever been cool. When he and wife Shawn Cooper presided over Frank’s Kitchen on College Street (2010-17), they had