Former Bar Buca chef opens in Templar Hotel
Plus Sash Simpson is opening a wine bar, and Richmond Hill gets a sweet café
Nestled inside the Templar Hotel, MOTHER TONGUE (348 Adelaide St. W.) is your go-to for modern Asian fusion from the mind of Francis Bermejo (of Bar Buca fame) and the Turner Stevens Entertainment Group. Plus there’s craft beer, cocktails and a gin and tonic program to whet your whistle. The gorgeous space that was once home to sushi superstar Blowfish has been transformed into REGULARS (668 King St. W.), a new 180-seat bar from the folks behind Figures in Yorkville. Here, the bar snacks get an upscale twist (the mac and cheese comes with black truffle béchamel). And don’t get us started on the drinks: There’s wine! There’s beer! There’s a cocktail made with jalapeno-infused tequila! Fine Japanese dining comes to midtown at YUKASHI (643A Mt. Pleasant Rd.). Enjoy a fouror nine-course seasonal omakase menu (with sake pairings, if you so desire) made from ingredients imported directly from the land of the rising sun.
Here in Toronto, the winters are long. So what do you do when your love of lawn games stays strong year-round? You head over to LOB (100 Broadview Ave.), which stands for Love of Bocce, that’s what. Grab some nachos and a pint of craft beer and hone your technique in the off-season with the indoor nine-track boccegolf course. Little Italy’s newest hole-in-thewall GREEDY DUCK (316 College St.) is the perfect place to try out Wuhan-style cuisine and get your fill of delicious, delicious duck. Just be prepared: the spice level may be a bit much for Wuhan cuisine neophytes. Despite the name, this new healthy eating resto from the founder of David’s Tea does not have any disgruntled vegetables on the menu. Instead, MAD
RADISH (2293 Yonge St.) serves up fresh and nutritious dishes from caesar salads to Mexican chicken stew. Grand Electric, everybody’s favourite spot for tacos and loud hip hop has a new outpost. GRAND ELECTRIC TAQUERIA (923 Queen St. W.) is now open right across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. Yorkville’s tony D|BAR (60 Yorkville Ave.) just got a head-totoe makeover. Chef Daniel Boulud revamped the eats, and the newly renovated space features some flashy LED art. Stop by and sip one of Darryl Chan’s new cocktail creations.
CAFE BON BON (550 Highway 7 E.) is now open in Richmond Hill. They serve Instagramfriendly souffle pancakes and offer a to-die-for affogato made with espresso poured over roasted green tea–flavoured ice cream and an unbelievable dark chocolate lava cake. They also have savoury meal options (like fried chicken with sweet pickled daikon), select tea from Taiwan and pour-over coffee, but be sure to make your main event dessert.
We can’t wait to sip Chardonnay at the new SASH RESTAURANT &
WINEBAR (1133 Yonge St.), a fine dining venture in the works from North 44’s head chef of more than 23 years, Sash Simpson. He says to expect a modern American menu with a global infusion. Construction is moving along nicely, so start looking for the doors to open in late 2018. Speaking of North 44, the new
BYBLOS (2537 Yonge St.) opening in the uptown legend’s former space is on track for winter 2018. Signs are up outside of the Yonge and Lawrence location that has seen several players since local Italian favourite Bindi’s said ar
rivederci. Looks like a new Chinese concept DIM SUM QUEEN (3241 Yonge St.) is set to open in the space. Also on the way is MONTCHANT
CAFE (3467 Yonge St.) a new hot spot in North York for java junkies.
Clockwise from left: Mother Tongue’s angel eggs with foie gras mousse, the snazzy bar at Regulars, a treat from Cafe Bon Bon