Bor­rel

★★

Toronto Life - - Where To Eat -

DUTCH In a city as di­verse as Toronto, restau­rants of­fer­ing lesser-known global fare can feel rare. En­ter Bor­rel, a cozy Dutch snack bar re­cently opened on an in­creas­ingly trendy stretch of the Dan­forth. An adorably il­lus­trated menu lists hearty, rus­tic dishes like bit­ter­ballen, a cro­quette-like con­coc­tion ubiq­ui­tous through­out the Nether­lands, that ap­pear here filled with shred­ded beef and herbs, and served with whole-grain Dutch mus­tard. Bo­erenkool, a potato-and-kale mash served with gravy and slices of smoked sausage; hachee shep­herd’s pie, a casse­role of stewed beef baked with braised red cab­bage; and the fan­tas­ti­cally named snert, a pea soup stud­ded with smoked ham hock and sausage, are all per­fect for cold Cana­dian win­ters. It would be a shame not to save room for an or­der of pof­fer­t­jes, tiny fluffy pan­cakes topped with but­ter and ic­ing sugar. Lo­cal beers, mulled wine and friendly ser­vice round out a great ex­pe­ri­ence. 1333 Dan­forth Ave., 647-349-5722. $$

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