For­mer Bar Buca chef opens in Tem­plar Ho­tel

Plus Sash Simp­son is open­ing a wine bar, and Mt. Pleas­ant gets Omakase

North Toronto Post - - Food -

big opens

Nes­tled in­side the Tem­plar Ho­tel, MOTHER TONGUE (348 Ade­laide St. W.) is your go-to for mod­ern Asian fu­sion from the mind of Fran­cis Ber­mejo (of Bar Buca fame) and the Turner Stevens En­ter­tain­ment Group. Plus there’s craft beer, cock­tails and a gin and tonic pro­gram to whet your whis­tle. The gor­geous space that was once home to sushi su­per­star Blow­fish has been trans­formed into REG­U­LARS (668 King St. W.), a new 180-seat bar from the folks be­hind Fig­ures in Yorkville. Here, the bar snacks get an up­scale twist (the mac and cheese comes with black truf­fle béchamel). And don’t get us started on the drinks: There’s wine! There’s beer! There’s a cock­tail made with jalapeno-in­fused tequila! Fine Ja­panese din­ing comes to mid­town at YUKASHI (643A Mt. Pleas­ant Rd.). En­joy a fouror nine-course sea­sonal omakase menu (with sake pair­ings, if you so de­sire) made from in­gre­di­ents im­ported di­rectly from the land of the ris­ing sun.

foodie finds

Here in Toronto, the win­ters are long. So what do you do when your love of lawn games stays strong year round? You head over to LOB (100 Broad­view Ave.), which stands for Love of Bocce, that’s what. Grab some na­chos and a pint of craft beer and hone your tech­nique in the off-sea­son with the in­door nine track boc­ce­golf course.

Lit­tle Italy’s new­est hole-in-the­wall GREEDY DUCK (316 Col­lege St.) is the per­fect place to try out Wuhan-style cui­sine and get your fill of de­li­cious, de­li­cious duck. Just be pre­pared: the spice level may be a bit much for Wuhan cui­sine neo­phytes. De­spite the name, this new healthy eat­ing resto from the founder of David’s Tea does not have any dis­grun­tled vegetables on the menu. In­stead, MAD RADISH (2293 Yonge St.) serves up fresh and nu­tri­tious dishes from cae­sar sal­ads to Mex­i­can chicken stew. Grand Elec­tric, ev­ery­body’s favourite spot for tacos and loud hip hop has a new out­post. GRAND ELEC­TRIC TAQUERIA (923 Queen St. W.) is now open right across from Trin­ity Bell­woods Park. Yorkville’s tony D|BAR (60 Yorkville Ave.) just got a head-to­toe makeover. Chef Daniel Boulud re­vamped the eats, and the newly ren­o­vated space fea­tures some flashy LED art. Stop by and sip one of Dar­ryl Chan’s new cock­tail cre­ations. The new IMM THAI KITCHEN (651 Col­lege St.) is the sec­ond lo­ca­tion for the owner of Sala Mod­ern Thai on the Dan­forth. The restau­rant is as es­thet­i­cally pleas­ing as they come, with vi­brant, painstak­ingly plated dishes (made us­ing au­then­tic Thai recipes) and an in­te­rior that boasts a beau­ti­ful wood bar com­ing soon We can’t wait to sip Chardon­nay at the new SASH RESTAU­RANT &

WINEBAR (1133 Yonge St.), a fine din­ing ven­ture in the works from North 44’s head chef of more than 23 years, Sash Simp­son. He says to ex­pect a mod­ern Amer­i­can menu with a global in­fu­sion. Con­struc­tion is mov­ing along nicely, so start look­ing for the doors to open in late 2018. Speak­ing of North 44, the new

BYBLOS (2537 Yonge St.) open­ing in the up­town leg­end’s for­mer space is still on track for win­ter 2018. Bring on the roasted lamb shoul­der and the wood-fired pide topped with wagyu! Also, com­ing any day now is that new BAR BUCA (101 Eglin­ton Ave. E.) at Yonge and Eg. Think all-day café plus all-Ital­ian carb­filled faves. Signs are up out­side of the Yonge and Lawrence lo­ca­tion that has seen sev­eral play­ers since lo­cal Ital­ian favourite Bindi’s said ar­rived­erci. Looks like a new Chi­nese con­cept DIM SUM QUEEN (3241 Yonge St.) is set to open in the space.

Clock­wise from left: Mother Tongue’s an­gel eggs with foie gras mousse, the snazzy bar at Reg­u­lars, LOB’s Nashville hot chicken sand­wich

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