Travel: Toronto the Good (Food) Plus a global gourmet guide

ZOOMER Magazine - - CONTENTS - —Vi­vian Vas­sos

AT TORONTO’S Assem­bly Chef’s Hall, culi­nary cre­ations from 17 top chefs can be tasted at a frac­tion of the price in a food-court-meets­beer-hall-meets-cof­fee-shop. “This gives in­de­pen­dent chefs ac­cess to the core,” says man­ag­ing part­ner An­dreas An­to­niou (Vo­los, Lit­tle An­thony’s) on his new ve­hi­cle for lo­cal chefs who may not have the big bucks for their own place in the city’s fi­nan­cial district.

Bar Reyna founder Nicki La­borie thinks it will also in­tro­duce the Bay Street crowd who may not ven­ture up to Yorkville (to Bar Reyna) and beyond to the va­ri­ety of chefs and cuisines that make Toronto’s food scene, no reser­va­tions nec­es­sary. 111 Rich­mond St. W. as­sem­bly­chef­shall.com

Just down the street at Yonge and Welling­ton, chef An­to­nio Park and Nes­sel (Chubbs) Beezer (who is also Drake’s head of se­cu­rity) have launched Pick 6IX. Park, who made his mark in Mon­treal with his epony­mous din­ing hot spot and in Toronto at Kasa Moto, says his vi­sion of Pick 6IX re­flects the di­ver­sity of Toronto, along with his Ja­panese, South Amer­i­can and Korean roots and Beezer’s east-end Scar­bor­ough up­bring­ing.

“I wanted to cre­ate a sus­tain­able, healthy and el­e­vated menu to com­ple­ment Pick 6IX’s unique at­mos­phere ,” he says. Of course, with Drake as a pa­tron, there’s no short­age of mu­sic (and yes, more than Drake plays over the speak­ers) or sports on the screens dot­ted through­out, con­sid­er­ing the resto’s prox­im­ity to the arena where both the Rap­tors and the Maple Leafs play. The bar is curved, cre­at­ing a con­vivial at­mos­phere, along with an open kitchen for foodie voyeurs. Speak­ing of voyeurs, you’re as likely to spot high-fly­ing fi­nance types as you are sports stars. I’ll have what Le­Bron is hav­ing, thank you very much. 33 Yonge St. pick­6ixto.com

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