An ode to bar­be­cue ar­rives on St. Clair West

Plus a pop­u­lar eatery’s first ex­pan­sion out­side of China

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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!

foodie finds

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.…

com­ing soon

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.

no­ticed in the nabe

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

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