Plus a sushi master comes to St. Clair, and the re­turn of the beloved Volo

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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 ( 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 (lo­las­ 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

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