Kens­ing­ton’s speakeasy-style hot spot

Plus Lea­side gets a diner and Mo­mo­fuku does a pop-up

Annex Post - - FOOD -

big opens

Down a dimly lit hall­way past two vin­tage stores is an un­staffed steel door: wel­come to the mar­ket’s Cold Tea bar. The 60 Kens­ing­ton Ave. joint was fully re­noed at the end of 2017 and re­opened not just with high-con­cept light­ing, but a whole new iden­tity: Asian–South Amer­i­can snack bar. JUANMOTO is the brain­child of fu­sion-ob­sessed chef Leemo Han (Han­moto and more), and his new kitchen’s oys­ters topped with salsa, to­biko and roe con­firm it: the mar­ket is now up­mar­ket.

Our fair city has enough tapas bars to pop­u­late en­tire “best of ” lists, and it turns out love of Span­ish eats is a cross-coun­try af­fair. This month, Cal­gary’s BARCELONA

TAV­ERN comes to Lib­erty Vil­lage at 109 At­lantic Ave. to dole out its tiny de­li­cioso morsels and sig­na­ture pael­las to hun­gry condo dwellers.

As Les­lievil­lians mourn the loss of Lil’ Baci, own­ers Mark Bacci,

Riyaz So­mani and Suresh Singh have been busy plan­ning an on-site resto re­birth. FRANKIE’S ITAL­IAN is their new baby com­ing soon at 892 Queen St. E. — if ba­bies were hand­made-pasta filled and came with a Ne­groni bar. This new mem­ber of their fam­ily will be headed by Annabelle chef Bran­dyn Koester.

Lea­side re­joice! GREEN CA­NOE

(900 Mill­wood Rd.), a café/resto with a north­ern On­tario feel, is soon to be serv­ing break­fast, along with diner­ish de­lights like deep­fried but­ter­milk chicken sand­wiches, all day long. A general store on-site ups its cot­tage coun­try cred.

Grant van Gameren is on fire. And now his food’s on fire too. He’s up to restau­rant num­ber seven,

QUET­ZAL (419 Col­lege St.), where chefs Kate Chomyshyn and Julio Gua­jardo (both of El Rey) will cook tra­di­tional Mex­i­can fare over a 28-foot-long open flame. Hot.

foodie finds

If the prospect of an over­crowded Noo­dle Bar due to Mo­mo­fuku’s tem­po­rary third-floor clo­sure trig­gered a panic at­tack, here’s our pre­scrip­tion: as­sume a seated po­si­tion at Saks Food Hall in the Ea­ton Cen­tre, take one edamame hum- mus and one chicken katsu plate. It’s the MO­MO­FUKU POP-UP cure.

The lat­est player on the poke bowl scene, H2 KITCHEN, at 204 Queen St. W., prides it­self on be­ing the health­i­est of the bunch. It tosses in an ap­ple with every meal and posts its veg de­liv­ery and fish prep times in store for all to see.

com­ing soon

Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini are keep­ing tight-lipped about their new Bayview Vil­lage eatery. We can only dis­close a name ( PARCHEG

GIO), a theme (re­gional Ital­ian) and an in­gre­di­ent (dry-aged beef).

Who says wiz­ardry and al­co­hol don’t mix? Learn a new spell or two at the just an­nounced Harry Pot­terthemed BUTTERBEER BAR CRAWL in June. Start plan­ning now for the themed bevvies, con­tests and cos­tumes — you’ll have a (quid­ditch) ball.

Bloor-Yorkville main­stay SAS

SAFRAZ (100 Cum­ber­land St.) is get­ting a facelift af­ter 20 years in busi­ness. Not to worry, it’s sched­uled to re­open later in the month.

Word on the street is that Ja­panese noo­dle house HOKKAIDO RA­MEN

SANTOUKA has two new lo­ca­tions planned: one in the An­nex come spring, and one at 2057 Yonge St. in Dav­isville vil­lage in the fall.

just an­nounced

Poke (the afore­men­tioned Hawai­ian sen­sa­tion that hit Toronto like a trop­i­cal storm last year) comes to 1252 Yonge St. UMAMI POKE makes tra­di­tional bowls and Korean and Mid­dle East­ern ver­sions, too.


TUTTI MATTI, chef Al­ida Solomon’s de­li­cious pasta palace at 364 Ade­laide St. W., is cel­e­brat­ing 15 years of be­ing “Toronto’s Tus­cany.”

sad to see you go

King West favourite BLOW­FISH swims away af­ter 15 years of serv­ing up sushi and sake to hun­gry and thirsty land­lub­bers.

Clock­wise from left: Hump­back shrimp with ground masa crack­ers at Quet­zal, lob­ster ravi­oli at Barcelona Tav­ern, Al­ida Solomon in her kitchen at Tutti Matti

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