Danc­ing up a storm with Vic­tor Barry

Plus a new spot for up­town swee­t­ooths, and Ori­gin re­born as Copetin

Richmond Hill Post - - Food -

big opens Sum­mer is here (we think?), and Toronto’s resto scene has been pep­pered with some fresh finds. Clau­dio Aprile’s highly an­tic­i­pated COPETIN is the talk of the town. Did we men­tion we love the cloud-like ri­cotta gnudi? It’s a menu (well, four menus) that just doesn’t quit. We have a feel­ing this new con­cept will stick. In a case of the done it agains, chef Vic­tor Barry, along with Bren­dan Pi­unno and Nikki Leagh McKean, have de­buted

CAFÉ CANCAN. This dar­ling French bistro sits at 89 Har­bord St., where the Har­bord Room was. De­signer Tif­fany Pratt has sprin­kled the in­te­rior with her brand of magic, and the menu is full of Frenchy faves. Don’t worry, they give a nod to their past with a mean burg topped with a mayo re­moulade and ched­dar. The hot-off-the-presses BROAD

VIEW HO­TEL is gear­ing up to do for the east what the Drake Ho­tel did for the west. Found at 106 Broad­view Ave., it’s a bou­tique ho­tel with a café, a rooftop bar and more. That east is look­ing good. foodie finds Yonge and Shep­pard truly is the spot for Asian sweets. H CAFE, a mem­ber of the Un­cle Tetsu fam­ily, has hopped into 4750 Yonge St., Unit 119 in or­der to feed peo­ple treats like the dai­fuku fruit mochi stuffed with dif­fer­ent fruits as well as their stun­ning no-bake Sakura cheese­cake. They also do ice creams (gin­ger, black sesame) if you’re look­ing to cool off. Looky here, suits! KING TAPS is a tap house lo­cated at 100 King St. W. It houses a cool 450 peeps (plus there’s a dou­ble-decker pa­tio) and is pretty chuffed to of­fer a mere 72 craft and in­ter­na­tional brews on tap. Eats in­clude menu dar­lings like mini burg­ers, poke bowls and pizza. Fine. It is rather fun.… com­ing soon Ok. NORTH­ERN MAV­ER­ICK

BREW­ING CO. is also com­ing in hot, as if King West didn’t have enough brew­eries. The kitchen of the 115 Bathurst St. space will be over­seen by Mark Cu­trara, while brew­mas­ter An­drew Crow­der is re­spon­si­ble for all the suds. Yorkville Vil­lage is about to em­brace PALM LANE. Chef Tyler Shedden (Café Boulud) shall be over­see­ing the menu and spin­ning out lots of Yorkville-y bites (sal­ads! bowls!) to keep ya slim ’n’ trim. We’re also into con­sum­ing less meat … for the hot­ting up planet and all. Si­de­note: ad­ding “palm” into the name of your new resto is a thing. You may think you don’t know the name Ja­son Rees, but ac­tu­ally you do. The pit mas­ter has been bar­be­cu­ing his way across T.O. and is open­ing a place to call his own. EARLSCOURT BBQ BY PORK NIN­JAS will ar­rive at the cor­ner of St. Clair Av­enue West and Earlscourt Av­enue right af­ter Labour Day. It’ll be a hun­dred seater, with a pa­tio to boot. His BBQ is a paint-by-num­ber mix of Alabama, cen­tral Texas, Carolina and Kansas City styles. Not feel­ing the BBQ? MARY BE

KITCHEN shall swoon up­town­ers with its health­ful grub, which, ac­cord­ing to their In­sta, in­cludes a whole pile o’ car­rots and a bean med­ley. Sit tight for more de­tails on the 21 St. Clair Ave. W. space. In more up­town news, su­per chain THE YEL­LOW CHILLI is com­ing in hot hot hot to Yonge and Eg. The world’s big­gest In­dian chain (most out­posts are in In­dia) will be serv­ing fare like veg biryani and fish tikka masala. Jamieson Kerr and An­drew Carter of THE QUEEN AND

BEAVER have ac­quired Bar Italia at 582 Col­lege St. and are start­ing renos. Mad Crush Wine Bar shall soon tickle our wino palates. sad to see you go Ger­rard East’s homey diner

SATUR­DAY DINETTE, the work of chef-owner Suzanne Barr, has closed its doors thanks to a bat­tle with the land­lord. For­tu­nately we’ve got KID CHO­CO­LATE to look for­ward to. Plus Barr is cur­rently the in­au­gu­ral chef in res­i­dence at the GLAD­STONE HO­TEL, serv­ing Ja­maican fare in­spired by her mom’s cook­ing un­til Sept. 28.

Clock­wise from left: beets with strac­ciatella cheese at Copetin, Café Cancan’s de­light­ful in­te­rior, the Sakura cheese­cake at H Cafe

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