North York Post : 2018-12-01

Food : 41 : 41


FOOD RESTORONTO The hottest places to eat this December Plus Bayview gets Goa, and Asian tapas comes to North York POST CITY RESTAURANT POWER RANKINGS GARRISON CREEK 1 LE SWAN 2 BAR BUCA ON EGLINTON 3 GRAND BIZARRE SUPPER CLUB 4 The charm and mystique is alluring, but Food Dudes eats seal the deal. COFFEE OYSTERS CHAMPAGNE 5 Three of our favourite things, together at last! big opens DRAKE MINI BAR Little Italy gets a huge new Italian restaurant with the arrival of 3,600-square-foot (760 College St.). Head chef Dino Cordileone takes traditional recipes and makes them his own. (Why not give the gnocchi poutine a try?) There’s also an extensive ravioli menu featuring fillings from lobster and marscopone to Nordic shrimp and mango to braised rabbit and porcini mushrooms. Time to settle into a nice carb coma. 6 soup, to name a few items on the stacked menu. Try out the prix fixe party menu to maximize your ability to sample the most dishes. business since 2008, now it is expanding with a restaurant in the newly renovated space. Stop by for lunch or just coffee and some traditional French pastries — it’s all magnifique! dors will be the first to move in? Rumours say January is looking good, but rest assured we’ll keep you in the loop. GARRISON If you’ve been waiting to try out this sweet little spot, hit up Wine Down nights on Saturdays when even the finest bottles are half price. CREEK Toronto’s all fired-up for Argentine-style open-flame grilling. Executive chef Romain Avril (Le Societé and Lavelle) aims high, with the world’s largest Argentine-inspired grill at (1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E.), where he cooks up Latin, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern–inspired eats. foodie finds MENGRAI THAI 7 Starting this month, the Food Dudes and 10tation Event Catering join forces for coming soon All-you-can-eat Thai! Why didn’t we get this sooner? We’re still eagerly awaiting (3401 Dufferin St.), a new sushi concept from the people at Miku. Look for the Yorkdale opening in early 2019. GRAND BIZARRE SUPPER CLUB TORA (15 Saskatchewan Rd.), a weekly interactive dinner series of epic proportions. Think performance art, live music and global cuisine. The menu promises to be on the outrageous side, with options like a nitrogen sundae bar. NERUDA CARISMA 8 After eight years, they must be doing something right. The new location at 15 Toronto St. serves up the same Italian goodness. Bayview welcomes (2901 Bayview Ave.) where Hemant Bhagwani showcases his meticulously researched Portuguese-influenced Indian coastal cuisine. He’s also opening at Fairview Mall (1800 Sheppard Ave. E.), serving up healthy plant-forward salads, curries and kebabs. GOA Although we don’t have a name or a chef yet, the new venture (second floor of 88 Avenue Rd.) will be a high-end edomae-style sushi restaurant backed by Shoushin’s silent partner. sad to see you go We say a sad farewell to Matty Matheson’s first restaurant, There’s still time to scarf one more P&L burger and join a sweaty dance party in the basement before it closes forever. GOOD KARMA 9 VIAGGIO A wobbly flapjack wonder called (2471 Yonge St.) has opened at Yonge and Eg. With an entirely new menu, the location offers chocolate-centric selections like the creamy Oreo pancakes and matcha white chocolate pancakes with mochi. This pretty new Italian spot with pizzazz just opened in Branca’s former space. LABOUR. PARTS AND FUWA FUWA (849 Dundas St. W.), from La Palma’s Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison, is coming soon to the space just above the Californian fave. CASA (2425 Yonge St.) serves up a food tour of the tasty continent. It’s got everything from traditional Hong Kong dim sum to Japanese-style skewers of grilled veggies and meat to Vietnamese pulled pork bao to Thai tom yum noodle CHI ASIAN TAPAS 10 NOTA BENE This month also sees final service on N.Y.E. But out of the ashes of this closing comes the phoenix of David Lee’s exciting new concept. NOTA BENE’s Named after a small medieval village in western France, (13495 Bathurst St., Unit 6) has been a catering We’re also keeping careful watch over the upcoming (384 Bloor St. W.). When will it open? Which ven- LA ANNEX BREHANDAISE FOOD HALL PLANTA 41

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