Alo gets a cool cat younger sibling
Plus Richmond Hill gets a durian-mad sweet spot
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!
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.
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