Dive into this new lake­front ’hood

What was once lightly in­hab­ited land is now on the up and up. Here’s where to nosh and sip in the new har­bourfront.

Richmond Hill Post - - Food Crawl - by David Ort

Be­tween Sugar Beach east of Yonge and the new Queen’s Quay on the west side, Toronto is start­ing to es­tab­lish a wa­ter­front that we can be proud of. While the weather is sunny and warm, this is the place we’re drawn to for a Blue Jays game, awein­duc­ing aquar­ium vis­its or leisurely rides along the wa­ter­front bike trail.

Stay well-fed — with both food and ex­cel­lent beer — at these five har­bourfront gems.

AM­S­TER­DAM BREW­HOUSE

The food at this over 700-seat be­he­moth is in­con­sis­tent, but the trad pret­zel and char­cu­terie are bright spots.

Here “Ad­ven­ture Se­ries” is code for the “as­ton­ish­ingly high-qual­ity cre­ations by Iain McOus­tra and his team of brew­ers — some of the best beers in the city.” They can be sour, bar­rel-aged or es­pe­cially hoppy — but they are al­ways top-notch.

Try to ar­rive at an off-hour to snag a seat on the lakeside pa­tio, of­fer­ing a sur­pris­ingly re­lax­ing view of planes land­ing at Billy Bishop Air­port. 245

Queens Quay W., 416-504-1020

PEARL HAR­BOURFRONT

“Have dim sum from a cart.” This ad­vice prob­a­bly makes ev­ery short list penned by Toron­to­ni­ans for their food­ster friends vis­it­ing our city. Com­bine the rolling ser­vice with a knock­out view of the har­bour, and Pearl is the area’s best bet for this sta­ple.

Keep an eye out for the Pan Fried Hockey Pucks ($6), shrimp and scal­lion dumplings that taste in­tensely of green onion. The steamed scal­lop dumplings ($6) are also a strong suit and are a welcome change from shrimp har gow. 2, 207 Queens Quay W., 416-203-1233

IN­DIAN ROTI HOUSE

This bare-bones lunch counter sur­vived years of con­struc­tion, based on the strength of its food. The veg or meat ro­tis are gen­er­ous por­tions and well spiced, but a favourite — es­pe­cially for a multi-stop crawl — is the samosa chaat ($4.95). The crispy pas­try of the three tri­an­gles bal­ances nicely against the sweet and sour notes from the tamarind sauce and yogurt dress­ing.

If you’re not tak­ing away, skip this stop if it looks like rain. The pa­tio is an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity: in­side, it’s as hot as Chen­nai in June. 256 Queens

Quay W., 416-260-6666

HAR­BOUR 60

The clas­sic steak house is back in style, and this ven­er­a­ble res­tau­rant has long held a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the finest in the city. Lo­cated in the his­toric Har­bour Com­mis­sion Build­ing, Har­bour 60 serves fine cuts of steak but also a sur­pris­ingly vast se­lec­tion of seafood, both as en­trees or as smaller plates for nib­bling in­clud­ing hal­ibut ce­viche, as well as an iced shell­fish and raw bar. 60 Har­bour St., 416-777-2111

JAIPUR GRILLE

Long a midtown favourite for South Asian cui­sine, Jaipur Grille has re­cently opened up a sec­ond lo­ca­tion on Queen’s Quay.

The har­bourfront lo­ca­tion’s menu in­cludes many In­dian favourites, such as chicken makhani and shrimp vin­daloo, as well as a wide range of of­fer­ings from the tan­door be­yond the usual chicken, such as king prawns, grouper and seekh ke­babs. Jaipur Grille, 208 Queen’s Quay W., 416-368-7272

AGAINST THE GRAIN

Billed as an ur­ban tav­ern, Against the Grain of­fers up a menu filled with com­fort food clas­sics as well as a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing shar­ing plates such as sake beef tartare and beef cheek tacos served at their res­tau­rant in­side the Corus build­ing and be­side the pop­u­lar Sugar Beach Park. Against the Grain also has a fine craft beer and wine se­lec­tion, per­fect for whiling away an af­ter­noon on its mas­sive lakeside pa­tio, which in­cludes both ta­ble seat­ing and com­fort­able couches. Against the Grain, 25 Dock­side Dr., 647-344-1562

L–R: Char­cu­terie at Am­s­ter­dam pairs well with brews; Pearl tack­les dim sum

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