3030 Dundas W, at High Pk, 416769-5736, 3030dundaswest.com, @3030dundaswest There’s no question that the Junction is quickly becoming the hottest nabe in town. Problem is, it’s too damned far from downtown. Next stop, Hamilton. But if we lived round the corner from this cavern- ous music club/café/art gallery and parttime knitting cabal, we’d be here every night. The chalkboard roster of obscure local microbrews alone would make us regulars, and servers who manage to be both flirty and informed don’t hurt. The room’s so large – a former Bad Boy store, we’re told – that if you’re not into watching the band, they’re not in your lap.
Best: from ex-Grand Electric chef Adisa Brian Glasgow’s ever-changing card of five-buck dinner tapas, chunky potato wedges deep-fried Pont Neuf-style with smoky chili-pepper-infused mayo; steamed Chinese buns stuffed with deepfried daikon or grilled King Cole duck confit in sweet ‘n’ sour hoisin; heirloom tomato salad with two dressings, one a traditional minty vinaigrette, the second a swirl of balsamic, blue cheese and red onion; butter chicken wing lollipops in cashew cream sided with raita and mango chutney; house-cured beef carpaccio with saffron aioli and deep-fried capers; crispy popcorn chicken with Trinidadian peanut sauce; grilled baguette topped with sautéed chicken livers in veal demi-glace and balsamic reduction; pigtail torta sandwich in berbere spices piled with chopped iceberg lettuce and pink pickled onion; to finish, a multiberry bread pudding topped with smallbatch organic vanilla ice cream from Delight next door. Lunch Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 4 pm, dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5:30 pm till close. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Closed Monday, some holidays. No reservations. Licensed. Access: barrier-free. Rating: NNNNNz