Hus­band and wife team lov­ingly crafts mid­town bistro

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Joanne Kates dishes on Frank Parhiz­gar’s new St. Clair spot, FK Restaurant

FK RESTAURANT 770 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-551-9731 fkrestau­rant­

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

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