SUSUR AND SONS KID AROUND
Plus a sushi master comes to St. Clair, and the return of the beloved Volo
Only in the mind of restaurateur Jeff Stober is a 40-seat bar with a 65-seat patio considered “mini.” Nestled deep in the financial district across from Drake One Fifty, DRAKE MINI BAR (150 York St.) has all the bells and whistles: commissioned art, chic cocktails and a menu of expense account–worthy eats. Mediterranean cuisine gets the star treatment at CONSTANTINE (15 Charles St. E.), brought to you by the team behind La Palma. Not bound by any one culture or region, the menu boasts intriguing dishes such as farro risotto, Israeli salad, duck kofte and eggplant caponata pizza, to name a few. Next time you get lost in the PATH you’ll have top-notch Asian-inspired food to tide you over. The offspring of chef Susur Lee present KID LEE (100 King St. W.), serving build-your-own hot lunches as well faves from other restaurants in the Lee dynasty such as the famed Singapore slaw and the cheeseburger springroll from Fring’s. St. Clair just keeps on getting cooler. New sushi joint SHUNOKO (1201 St. Clair Ave. W.) is headed by chef Jun Kim of the nowclosed Roncey standby Sushi Nomi. He brings his A-game to the larger space, with fresh maki, nigiri, sashimi and even a poke bowl. The Danforth gets a big fat Greek tapas bar. With sharing plates and ample seating GAZI
MEZE BAR (511 Danforth Ave.) is perfect for big groups. So grab some friends and enjoy mezes like souvlaki, calamari and tasty Greek cheese paired with regional wines and a cocktail or two. Opa! new & notable At the lab-themed LABOTHÉRY (717 Bay St., Unit D) thirsty scientists conduct their own flavour research — each drink is custom made from the numerous tea, tapioca and sweetener options for a one-of-a-kind result. On the hunt for cheap drinks, tasty snacks and some light-
hearted fun? Make a pit stop at
DUMBO SNACK BAR (1704 Queen St. W.) and load up on draft beer, oversized cocktails served in bowls, avocado toast and homemade chocolate chip cookies before you stumble out into the night — or to the next bar.
MUM’S THE WORD (567 College St.) leads a double life, serving up coffee and café treats in the morning and cocktails and snacks at night. Grab a seat under the eye-catching colourful mural as you jump-start your day with a Vietnamese coffee or party it up with a $10 daiquiri at night. foodie finds Kensington Market gets not one, but two new spots for Latin cuisine tucked inside El Gordo’s tiny market space. Chow down on some authentic Mayan at KO'OX HANA and Salvadorean
pupusas at CASAMIENTO (214 Augusta Ave.). Do you prefer your fried food served on a Ferris wheel? Or your dessert in the form of colourful soup? Find beautifully presented treats, sweet and savoury, at LUSCIOUS DESSERTS (493A Dundas St. W.). The new dating app PB&J (gopbj.com) has a Tinder-like platform where users swipe through each other’s fave dishes — not profiles — to find love. Cotton candy’s not just for kids :
LOLA’S CLOUD (lolascloud.com) whips up adult flavours like Earl Grey and lychee. welcome back Beer lovers need not shed sober tears any longer. BAR VOLO has finally found a new home! After closing to make way for condos in 2016, the bar will be back in the ’hood at 17 St. Nicholas St.
BANJARA (796 Bloor St. W.) is once again wafting the irresistible smell of simmering curry down Bloor Street after closing temporarily due to a kitchen fire in March.
Clockwise from left: The Drake Mini Bar’s braised octopus, Constantine’s chic space, mac ’n’ cheese at Mum’s the Word