Con­stan­tine

North Toronto Post - - Chefs Pick T.0.’s Best New Restos -

CHEF NICK LIU, DAILO “The menu is thought­fully put to­gether us­ing amaz­ing lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents with Craig Hard­ing’s cre­ative touches. Ev­ery­thing I had was su­per de­li­cious, and I can’t wait to go back to eat ev­ery­thing.”

POST CITY’S TAKE: Tucked away in the back of the ter­ri­bly cool An­ndore House ho­tel, Con­stan­tine is breath­ing much-needed new life into down­town Yonge Street. In­side, the main space is clean and bright, with light­ing em­a­nat­ing from a se­ries of white vases, a clever nod to the food’s Mediter­ranean lean­ings. An open kitchen an­chors the room, al­low­ing uber-keen din­ers to watch plates come to life over the wood-fire oven or par­illa grill. Menus reach from break­fast through din­ner, with brunchy bites come the week­end (think ul­tra-fluffy but­ter­milk ri­cotta pan­cakes). For din­ner, dishes are ideal for shar­ing, and there’s much fo­cus on veg. Sweet pota­toes are roasted and paired with fresh figs and chevre. Tab­bouleh is jazzed up with charred broc and radic­chio, with crunch from pis­ta­chio. Piz­zas in­clude one dec­o­rated with speck, pear and just enough honey. Crowd-pleas­ing ag­nolotti is burst­ing with but­ter­nut squash, sal­sify and tan­ger­ine for a kick of cit­rus. Ho­tel din­ing has never looked bet­ter. 15 Charles St. E.

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