Alo gets a cool cat younger sib­ling

Plus Rich­mond Hill gets a durian-mad sweet spot

Thornhill Post - - Food -

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ALOETTE, dubbed “the neigh­bour­hood diner reimag­ined by chef Pa­trick Kriss,” is what hap­pens when a diner gets an ex­pert chef plus a wash of de­sign savvy. Found at 163 Spad­ina Ave., the ca­sual sib to high-end eatery Alo does not (re­peat, not!) al­low re­sos. A walk-in-only rule means get­ting your paws on a burger with fried Beaufort cheese and an ap­ple pie sun­dae with Chan­tilly cream is ac­tu­ally pos­si­ble. If you haven’t heard of

at 1276 Dun­das MAHJONG BAR St. W., for shame! The def­i­ni­tion of the term “unas­sum­ing” from the street, the space ap­pears to be noth­ing more than a bodega. But be­yond sits a de­li­cious room in­spired by ’60s Hong Kong. Nosh on Chi­nese greens in oys­ter sauce and pork and shrimp won­tons while sip­ping a Peach Pan­ther with water­melon and soju. Look­ing for a new French bistro? At BACCHANAL, 60 Sud­bury St., exec chef Luke Donato (Cam­pag­nolo) dishes out eats like blan­quette du veau, ma­gret de ca­nard and, for dessert, baba au rhum. Time to dust off la langue française, baby!

foodie finds

Fancy some durian? Well at L’OPÉRA, 280 West Beaver Creek Rd., Unit 10, there are plenty of durian-flavoured sweets: durian cheese­cake, durian mac­aron, durian mille crêpes.… Plus some non-durian fare for good mea­sure. If you’ve ever hopped over to South Ko­rea, chances are you noshed on some bingsu. At

DEAR FRO, a new­bie stand­ing tall at 3300 Mid­land Ave., Unit 39, it is all about the dessert. Shaved ice is loaded with fruit, fruit syrup and ice cream to fin­ish. Yum. Up­town glut­tons can be thank­ful for IZAKAYA, found at

KANDA 2140 Yonge St. This izakaya will sa­ti­ate crav­ings for Ja­panese, dish­ing out udon, okonomiyaki, kaki­mayo, tonkatsu and all those other wol­fa­ble eats. West en­ders who love brunch sure love the Fed­eral. Now, Roncy dwellers and those who will travel for a very good sand­wich can get ex­cited about STAN­DARD.

GOLD This take­out joint is found be­hind Re­union Is­land at 385 Ron­ces­valles Ave. The name­sake sando is ched­dar-scram­bled eggs on an English muf­fin with ba­con (or kale) aïoli, pickles and hot sauce. Done.

com­ing soon

Don’t you for one sec­ond think that Grant van Gameren is sit­ting on his lau­rels. Nope. Soon cometh QUETZAL, a resto serv­ing up re­gional Mex­i­can fare. All shall be cooked ac­cord­ing to trad Mex­i­can meth­ods, with Julio Gua­jardo and Kate Chomyshyn (El Rey) in the kitchen. Par­ti­sans is de­sign­ing the 419 Col­lege St. space. There will be moles, grilled meats, squash tla­coyo, a ceviche bar.… Oh. And there will be mez­cal. Were you look­ing for an 18,000square-foot space hous­ing a café, mar­ket, beer hall and more? Sure you were.

ASSEM­BLY CHEF’S HALL, com­ing to 111 Rich­mond St. W., checks off all those boxes. Think char­cu­terie, ra­men, pizza, lob­ster rolls and more. Who doesn’t love a nice cheese- cake? Well. York­dale mall is about to em­brace the one and only

on Nov. CHEESE­CAKE FAC­TORY 21. ( Well, maybe not the only, but def­i­nitely the only in our fair city.) Let them eat (cheese) cake! In­dus­try peeps and kids in the know are pretty pleased about the ar­rival of BEO. David Huynh,

VIT of noted cock­tail bar Civil Lib­er­ties, is open­ing his own resto af­ter a se­ries of Viet­namese pop-ups. Stay tuned for more de­tails.…

is com­ing in MARY BE KITCHEN hot to Yonge and St. Clair. Plac­ing the onus on well­ness and truly good food, the eatery will be craft­ing dishes us­ing Beretta Farms meats that aren’t jacked up with hor­mones, an­tibi­otics and all that other bad stuff. They’ll also be serv­ing ev­ery­body’s fave snack: avo toast. And in sell­ing-out news, SWEET

shall soon be div­ing into JE­SUS malls all across the GTA. Some­how those mad­cap ice cream cones don’t seem half as ex­cit­ing any­more.…

Clock­wise from left: Dear Fro’s de­lec­ta­ble straw­berry bingsu, the diner’s never looked bet­ter than at Aloette, plus their name­sake burger

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