T.O.’S CLUB KING PAIRS ART AND HAUTE CUISINE
Plus Yonge & Eg gets a motorcycle-themed bar, and pulled noodles arrive in the GTA
At club king Charles Khabouth’s
(99 Yorkville Ave.), everySOFIA thing is luxe to the max: the dining room is decked out in snowy white accents and rich red velvet; chef Christine Mast’s Italian classics are plated with artistry and care; and there is one seriously chi-chi cocktail menu from Nishan Nepulangoda (of the former Blowfish).
If Grant van Gameren builds it, they will come. He now joins forces with restaurateurs Jamie Cook (Pizzeria Libretto) and Max Rimaldi (Tennessee Tavern) to present (133 Rich
ROSALINDA, mond St. W.), an exciting new vegan Mexican concept, which aims to win over carnivores and herbivores alike.
Sip cocktails like your favourite tragic literary millionaire at the
(18 St. GATSBY AND PIANO BAR Thomas St.) in the Windsor Arms Hotel. Oozing with charm, this place is perfect for a dalliance with a disillusioned heiress or a night out with friends. There’s a prix fixe menu, fancy bar snacks and a 10,000-bottle wine cellar (no one goes thirsty here). Plus there’s a house pianist to tickle the ivories.
If you haven’t tried flame-seared sushi yet, get yourself to
ABURI (16 Park Home Ave.) and ROOM order an omakase menu pronto. The chef’s selection of oshi (pressed sushi), hand rolls and aburi sushi is a great way to try creative flavours and rest assured that you are in the hands of a pro.
Nights out at Yonge & Eg just got a lot more lively with the addition of
(150 FOUR BARREL HOLLY’S Eglinton Ave. E.). With 36 beers on tap and an ex-Montrealer for a chef, you can expect some excellent authentic poutine to pair with your craft brew of choice.
Get your engines revved up at motorcycle-themed (532 Col
STRAY lege St.), a new bar in Little Italy that not only serves up cocktails and tasty snacks, but also aims to be a hub for Toronto’s hog lovers.
Japanese pancakes are officially a “thing” in T.O.
FUWA FUWA’s (408 Bloor St. W.) jiggly version is fluffy, sweet and totally addictive.
(229 Consumers OMNI PALACE Rd.), a popular pulled noodle resto from China, opens in Markham this month. At this family venture, ancient techniques have been handed down for three generations to create authentic, slurpable noods.
The team at Alo has already mastered fine dining and upscale diner fare (see cover story). Now we eagerly anticipate (162
ALO BAR Cumberland St.). It opens this summer, taking over the space that formerly housed Crème Brasserie.
After a year’s hiatus, the popular market at Union Station returns July 1. promises
UNION SUMMER food vendors, daily live music and more. Fingers crossed for the return of Death in Venice’s gelato and Momofuku’s tasty noodles.
The Food Dudes themselves are opening up a new fine dining concept at King and Portland. Coming this August, SARA, (98 Portland St.) will serve up Japanese-inspired dishes. In other Food Dudes news, two locations
BLONDIE’S PIZZA are in the works for the financial district and Leslieville.
Board game nerds, this place is for you. (580
STORM CROW MANOR Church St.) is set to open in this (probably — OK, definitely — haunted) Victorian mansion in the village. There will be secret doors, mad scientist cocktail bars and all sorts of geeky surprises.
sad to see you go
Drake and Susur Lee’s King West resto is closing. After only
FRING’S a few short years, it’s on to bigger and better things for the 6god and celebrity chef.
Sadly, we also saw
NOORDEN close its doors last FOOD BAR month. With good Dutch and Indonesian food relatively rare in T.O., it will be missed.
After an impressive 18 years, Parkdale’s has
CADILLAC LOUNGE been sold. All is not lost, however — the new management will keep it as a live music venue.
Clockwise from left: Sofia’s luxe dining room, Rosalinda’s jicama salad, Omni’s traditional Lanzhou beef noodles