An ode to barbecue arrives on St. Clair West
Plus a popular eatery’s first expansion outside of China
Thank the heavens it’s December, not January, ’cause mowing down on a platter of meat isn’t frowned upon. EARLSCOURT BBQ BY
PORK NINJAS, found at 1278 St. Clair Ave. W., is the work of pitmaster Jason Rees, who has done pop-ups all over the city prior to opening his own shop. Try the platter: a mound of pulled pork, ribs, brisket and more.… OK. We’ve got lotsa goodness under one, well, fancy roof. Chef Rob Bragagnolo bringeth us
CAMPO FOOD HALL, found at 433 King St. W. This spiffy Spanish market is open from sunrise to after sunset and includes a regional Spanish resto with a focus on seafood, cold pressed juices from Elxr and a bodega populated with goods from Drake General Store and the Cheese Boutique. Summerhill has a new pizza joint, which hails from none other than Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, YEAH
YEAHS PIZZA, which steps into 1210 Yonge St. These busy bees are selling mad ’za like the Boss (peppers, feta and sausage) or the White (Parm, mozza, fior di latte, ’shrooms and limone). Go early!
Everybody’s favourite MasterChef
Canada star, Christopher Siu, has finally opened DAANGO. Found at 3380 Midland Ave., Unit 11, his cake lab is a paradise for lovers of Asian sweets. Siu does everything from a black sesame rare cheesecake to a miso tart to his signature character macarons. North York’s foodie haven Northtown Way remains an uncut diamond on Torontonians’ radar. GO
TOPOKI, found at 5 Northtown Way, has joined the glut of wee businesses dishing out Korean topoki/ddeokbokki — comforting rice cakes given some oomph thanks to savoury toppings.
HCAFE, located at 158 Main St., is known for its Japanese cheesecake and has just added a new dessert to its menu. The Japanese sweet spot now has a strawberry mochi cake, boasting a filling of strawberry mousse and whole berries encased in a graham cracker crust and topped with mochi. Basically it’s a cake version of daifuku mochi. West end fans of North York’s beloved Allwyn’s Bakery can do a tiny dance of joy. ROYWOODS, at 198 Ossington Ave., is not only run by a huge Allwyn’s fan (Regis Jay) but has a former Allwyn’s chef in the kitchen (Donald Simpson). Jamaican eats like plates of curry goat and jerk chicken stuffed in a homemade coco bun will please even the judge-iest of Allwyn’s enthusiasts. Anyone who’s been to Amsterdam may not have the city’s cuisine top of mind. But for those who can recall, deep-fried snacks were big. Thanks to BORREL, a newbie at 1333 Danforth Ave., Dutch fare like kaassoufflé (Gouda housed in a deep-fried wrap), frikandel speciaal (a deep-fried sausage-on-bun sitch) and the non- deep-fried boerenkool (stewed kale and tater mash with smoked sausage) can be eaten this bitter winter.
MYTHOLOGY, a diner found at 1265 Queen St. W., is the latest vegan joint to make its presence known in the wild west. Beloved chef Doug McNish is putting his plant-based spin on diner faves like Salisbury steak and the Reuben. Sounds like a great way to get a beefy fix without adding more of that pesky methane to the atmosphere.…
Arriving straight from China’s Hangzhou province, GREEN TEA is set to open at 3235 Hwy 7 E., Unit 1 this month. The menu will showcase dishes like stir-fried lamb on a hot stone and fried dough stuffed with shrimp. With over 50 locations in China already, this is their first foray outside of the country, so we’re pretty curious.
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TAILGATE TAPHOUSE, at 10737 Yonge St., Unit 21, is a resto-bar dishing out fare like Cajun chicken sammies and creative hot dogs (think jerk chicken or mac ’n’ cheese), with a side of live tunes from their house band.
OLIVA, at 4679 Yonge St., is grab ’n’ go done well. Fresh sandos and salads are the ticket for lunch. And if you’re lazy, they also do UberEats!
Clockwise from left: the Pitmaster Platter at Earlscourt BBQ, upcoming spot Green Tea’s tofu and preserved egg, HCafe’s brand new mochi cake