SUSUR AND SONS KID AROUND
Plus a sushi master comes to St. Clair and Tsujiri gets even more matcha
Only in the mind of restaurateur Jeff Stober is a 40-seat bar with a 65-seat patio considered “mini.” Nestled deep in the financial district across from Drake One Fifty,
DRAKE MINI BAR (150 York St.) has all the bells and whistles: commissioned art, chic cocktails and a menu of expense account–worthy eats.
Mediterranean cuisine gets the star treatment at CONSTANTINE (15 Charles St. E.), brought to you by the team behind La Palma. Not bound by any one culture or region, the menu boasts intriguing dishes such as farro risotto, Israeli salad, duck kofte and eggplant caponata pizza, to name a few.
Next time you get lost in the PATH you’ll have top-notch Asian-inspired food to tide you over. The offspring of chef Susur Lee present KID LEE (100 King St. W.), serving build-your-own hot lunches as well faves from other restaurants in the Lee dynasty such as the famed Singapore slaw and the cheeseburger springroll from Fring’s.
St. Clair just keeps on getting cooler. New sushi joint SHUNOKO (1201 St. Clair Ave. W.) is headed by chef Jun Kim of the now-closed Roncey standby Sushi Nomi. He brings his A-game to the larger space, with maki, nigiri, sashimi and even a poke bowl.
The Danforth gets a big fat Greek tapas bar. With sharing plates and ample seating GAZI MEZE BAR (511 Danforth Ave.) is perfect for big groups. So grab some friends and enjoy mezes like souvlaki, calamari and tasty Greek cheese paired with regional wines and a cocktail or two. Opa!
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At the lab-themed LABOTHÉRY (717 Bay St., Unit D) thirsty scientists conduct their own flavour research — each drink is custom made from the numerous tea, tapioca and sweetener options for a one-of-a-kind result.
The 155-year-old matcha brand
TSUJIRI (4909 Yonge St.) now has a second floor of green tea–based fare in addition to their popular
downstairs café. Tsuke soba noodles served with soup for dipping, plus airy matcha souffle pancakes are among the new menu items.
Move over, Uncle Tetsu. The aptly named CHEESE GARDEN brings its take on Japanese dessert to Pacific Mall in Markham (B58-4300 Steeles Ave. E.). The ooey-gooey ever-so-Instagramable tiramisù dusted in matcha powder straight from Uji, Japan, is worth waiting in line for.
MUM’S THE WORD (567 College St.) leads a double life, serving up coffee and café treats in the morning and cocktails and snacks at night. Grab a seat under the eyecatching colourful mural as you jump-start your day with a Vietnamese coffee or party it up with a $10 daiquiri at night.
Leave those bagged lunches at home. Zesty noodle slingers BASIL
BOX (5607 Yonge St.) is now open at Yonge and Finich.
Kensington Market gets two new spots for Latin cuisine tucked inside El Gordo’s tiny market space. Chow down on some authentic Mayan at KO'OX HANA and Salvadorean pupusas at
CASAMIENTO (214 Augusta Ave.). The new dating app PB&J (gopbj.com) has a Tinder-like platform where users swipe through each other’s fave dishes — not profiles — to find love. Cotton candy’s not just for kids:
LOLA’S CLOUD (www. lolas cloud.com) whips up flavours like Earl Grey and lychee.
Beer lovers need not shed sober tears any longer. BAR VOLO has finally found a new home! After closing to make way for condos in 2016, the bar will be back in the ’hood at 17 St. Nicholas St.
BANJARA (796 Bloor St. W.) is once again wafting the smell of simmering curry down Bloor Street after closing temporarily due to a kitchen fire in March.
Clockwise from left: Tsujiri’s afternoon tea, Constantine’s chic space, Cheese Garden’s tiramisù