An ocean-friendly eatery for sushi fanatics
Plus Markham’s new poke hot spot and Patois is back at it (finally!)
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 restomeets-café 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.
Into rice bowls, poke and ramen? Well CAFE, found at
KOMEYA 9506 Markham Rd., Unit 102, has you covered. This newbie is primed for quick bites: chomp on poke bowls with salmon and avo and drizzle on the sauce of your choosing — wasabi, spicy mayo or eel.
Those set on scarfing down Taiwanese cuisine need look no further than
PA PA CHANG’S TEA located at 280 West BISTRO Beaver Creek Rd., Unit 30. This recent addition (with two older sibs in Markham) is turning out dishes like popcorn chicken and chili minced pork with Taiwanese sausage and stewed egg on rice.
Fans of Japanese desserts are all googly-eyed over the latest addition to the scene:
PABLO CHEESETART. 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.
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 house–slash–takeout BBQ joint. A match made in heaven.
Hear ye, hear ye! shall
ALOETTE 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 is looking ahead. No details to LEE name other than he’s working on an exciting project with his sons, and LEE. We bet
KAI LEVI BENT- 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.
shall tap dance into the GIULIETTA 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: BURGER.
PLANTA 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 and residence
THE HOUSE, found at 15 ANNDORE Charles St. E., has enlisted of-themoment chef to
CRAIG HARDING 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, Komeya Cafe’s interior and the heart of palm burger at Planta Burger