Harbord Street gets an ocean-friendly eatery
Plus Patois is back at it (finally!), an authentic Syrian resto and more
Climate change–concerned pescatarians who favour Japanese cuisine have hit the jackpot.
SKIPPA, 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. Craig Wong is back! Well OK, he’s been on the scene aplenty with JACKPOT CHICKEN RICE and pop-ups, but his original bébé,
PATOIS, 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’. Queen West is now home to
SOUFI’S, 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.
You likely already know his name from Marben and Carver, but with his upcoming still-unnamed Spanish food hall, ROB BRAGAGNOLO 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. Fans of Japanese desserts are all googly-eyed over the latest addition to the scene: PABLO CHEESE
TART. 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. Into al fresco dining? Southern Italian spot TUTTO PRONTO, 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.
Wondering what was to come of the former Origin space at Bayview Village? Well, industry heavyweights OLIVER &
BONACINI 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. Hear ye, hear ye! ALOETTE shall soon be sitting at 163 Spadina Ave. right beneath ALO, 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. More in that vein.… Never content to sit still, maestro SUSUR
LEE is looking ahead. No details to name other than he’s working on an exciting project with his sons,
KAI and LEVI BENT-LEE. 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.) Were you quietly stifling many a sob due to the closure of ROB
ROSSI’s BESTELLEN? Well, tuck those tears away ’cause papa’s back.
GIULIETTA 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
PLANTA. Now cometh another green eatery: PLANTA BURGER. 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. Yorkville’s upcoming boutique hotel–slash-residences THE
ANNDORE HOUSE, found at 15 Charles St. E., has enlisted of-themoment chef CRAIG HARDING 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.
Clockwise from left: a delighted Craig Wong back at Patois, Skippa’s serene interior and the heart of palm burger at Planta Burger