Plus a sushi master comes to St. Clair and Tsu­jiri gets even more matcha

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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,

(150 York St.) DRAKE MINI BAR 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 (100 King

KID LEE 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!

new & notable

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

(4909 Yonge St.) now has TSU­JIRI 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. foodie finds 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 and Sal

KO'OX HANA vadorean pu­pusas at

(214 Au­gusta Ave.). CASAMIENTO The new dat­ing app

PB&J ( 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:

(www. lo­las LOLA’S CLOUD whips up flavours like Earl Grey and ly­chee. wel­come back Beer lovers need not shed sober tears any longer. has fi

BAR VOLO nally 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

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