The city’s big­gest open­ings and new­est foodie finds

Plus San­touka comes to the Annex, and the Food Dudes are at it again

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big opens

Wood-fired Mex­i­can spices up lit­tle Italy at

QUETZAL (419 Col­lege St.). Su­per­star chefs Grant van Gameren, Kate Chomyshyn, Julio Gua­jardo and mixol­o­gist Owen Walker joined forces for this in­no­vate con­cept that’s been years in the mak­ing. The menu high­lights re­gional Mex­i­can cui­sine pre­pared on the open kitchen’s 26foot wood-fired gill.

One thing is for sure about Jen Agg: she doesn’t sit still. Hot on the heels of the clo­sure of the fa­mous Black Hoof comes her in­car­na­tion of French diner SWAN, (892 Queen St. W.). Set to open this month, the Queen street clas­sic has been re­vamped and lov­ingly ren­o­vated with that spe­cial Jen

Agg touch.

Still try­ing des­per­ately to get a reser­va­tion at Alo? Why not in­stead snag a seat at Yorkville’s new­est swanky cock­tail joint ALO

BAR, (162 Cum­ber­land St.) cour­tesy of chef Pa­trick Kriss.

foodie finds

The Annex gets a noo­dle hot spot with

SAN­TOUKA RA­MEN’s (515 Bloor St W.) lat­est lo­ca­tion on Bloor Street. It boasts all the same dishes as the Dun­das Street lo­ca­tion, as well as a few ad­di­tions, such as a veg­gie ra­men made with white miso.

The Rogers Cen­tre just got a new resto. From the folks at Sport­snet comes up­scale game day fare served over­look­ing the field. The menu at SPORT­SNET GRILL (1 Blue Jays Way) in­cludes crowd-pleasers like tacos and smoky sweet BBQ wings, plus home runs like the Strong­bow pork back ribs and the 10-ounce baseball steak, a juicy 35 day– aged top sir­loin. Make sure to wash ev­ery­thing down with lots of cold beer.

Live that crunchy gra­nola Van­cou­ver life in down­town T.O. with a big rice bowl from

TRAC­TOR FOODS (151 Yonge St.) brim­ming with wa­ter­melon radish, can­nel­loni beans, kim­chi, pick­led car­rots and more. Plus there are a lot of healthy grab ’n’ go op­tions (like the roasted tur­key thigh sand­wich) that get bonus points not only for be­ing healthy, but also for tast­ing pretty darn good.

Sake is re­ally hav­ing a mo­ment in T.O.: it’s be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in­gredi-

ent in fancy cock­tails, and now we’ve got

KOI KOI (170 Bald­win St.), a bar de­voted to the rice liquor. Sip sake col­lected from re­gions all over Ja­pan, or try a cold Ja­panese beer. It all goes down easy with some very tasty snacks per­fectly en­gi­neered to go with drink­ing— such as sal­mon aburi, yak­i­tori and mush­room inari.

com­ing soon

Blo­ordale’s new ALMA (1194 Bloor St. W.) is the cre­ation of hus­band-and-wife team Anna (for­merly of Figo) and Wil­liam Che. A clean, mod­ern es­thetic lets the food step to the fore, with cre­ative dishes such as fried pig ears and grilled moz­zarella wrapped in grape leaves, made en­tirely from scratch.

In­spired by a re­cent trip to Ja­pan, the Food Dudes are open­ing SARA (98 Port­land St.), a sis­ter resto to Rasa (Sara, Rasa, see what they did there?) on busy Har­bord Street. An en­tic­ing menu of small plates, snacks, dumplings and ro­bata is planned.

Bayview Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre is quickly be­com­ing a din­ing des­ti­na­tion with re­cent ad­di­tions Parcheg­gio and Beauty BBQ. Her­mant Bhag­wani’s new ven­ture, GOA (2901 Bayview Ave.), is slated to open this fall. Now trendy In­dian fare will be on the menu for shop­pers and res­i­dents of the rapidly grow­ing ’hood.

Word on the street is that pop­u­lar spot for grab­bing a pint or two, BELLWOODS

BREW­ERY (124 Ossington Ave.), has plans to ex­pand into the space next door. This busy spot could def­i­nitely use more ta­bles!

sad to see you go

i an ak W rie Ma na Jen © The nearly two-decades-old lo­ca­tion of

HY’S STEAK­HOUSE on Ade­laide is clos­ing at the end of the year when the lease wraps up. But the own­ers aren’t fin­ished serv­ing up their fancy steaks. They plan to re­open at 365 Bay St. by sum­mer 2019.

BRANCA has closed after four short years.

Quetzal’s car­rot ce­viche

L-R: Koi Koi’s Onna Yokai with yokaichi shochu and rose syrup, restau­ra­teur Jen Agg

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