Novem­ber’s hottest places to eat

Plus Rich­mond Hill gets whim­si­cal tea and mid­town goes omakase

Richmond Hill Post - - Food -

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Haven’t been to church in a while? Do a cou­ple of Hail Marys (shots of Capo Capo and Fer­net Menta) and gaze at the wall­pa­per boast­ing a re­pro­duc­tion of The Cre­ation of Adam by Michelan­gelo at the

VAT­I­CAN GIFT SHOP (1047 Ger­rard St. E.). From the same team be­hind Poor Romeo and Pinker­ton’s Snack Bar, the speakeasy/live mu­sic venue/bar also serves up pizza and el­e­vated bar snacks like ci­chetti (Ital­ian ta­pas). Plus the up-and-com­ing hip ’hood is draw­ing dis­cern­ing din­ers and drinkers east­ward.

Blink and you’ll miss YUKASHI (643a Mt Pleas­ant Rd.), a tiny oa­sis of metic­u­lous omakase cui­sine. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Daisuke Izutsu comes by way of Don Don Iza­kaya, Kasa Moto and the kitchen of Toronto’s con­sul gen­eral of Ja­pan (where he pre­pared din­ners for guests such as the Ja­panese royal fam­ily), and to­gether with chef Jin Lee they craft sea­sonal four- or nine-course menus of pure de­light.

Now thirsty 905ers don’t have to ven­ture far from home to get their fill of re­fresh­ing COCO FRESH

TEA (505 Hwy. 7 E., Unit 5) bub­ble tea with the new lo­ca­tion in Rich­mond Hill. The bright and whim­si­cal tapi­oca-filled drinks are made with sea­sonal pro­duce and high-qual­ity tea.

foodie finds

Mid­town gets its own lo­ca­tion of the Ja­panese favourite HOKKAIDO

RA­MEN (2057 Yonge St.). Or­der the sig­na­ture dish, tokusen toroniku ra­men, and slurp tasty noo­dles paired with slices of ten­der pork cheek.

McE­wan just doesn’t stop. His new resto, FAB­BRICA THORN

BURY (27 Bruce St. S., Thorn­bury), brings rus­tic Ital­ian fare to cot­tagers and ex­cited din­ers far out­side the GTA.

The large menu of In­dian favourites at MANTRA (2 O’Neill Rd.) is brought to us by the same folks be­hind the pop­u­lar spot the Host. Hearty serv­ings of tan­doori lamb, chicken biri­ani and even but­ter chicken pou­tine are the per­fect way to warm up af­ter pop­ping in and out of the Shops at Don Mills on a chilly day.

un­der con­struc­tion

Lo­cated in the 134-year-old C. H. Good­er­ham House, MAI­SON

SELBY (592 Sher­bourne St.) plans to bring Euro­pean-in­spired break­fast, lunch and din­ner to Bloor and Sher­bourne in a beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated space.

We ea­gerly await the two new up­town lo­ca­tions from BUCA. The first, a new Bar Buca, is com­ing Yonge and Eg this fall, and an­other lo­ca­tion is planned for Yonge and St. Clair next year.

ARTHUR’S (12 St. Clair Ave. E.) is com­ing to­gether at Yonge and St Clair. We can’t wait to chow down on the Amer­i­can-style eats this fall and hang out on the chic rooftop next sum­mer.

We may have lost North 44, but in that space comes a new BY­B­LOS (2537 Yonge St.), the down­town up­mar­ket Mediter­ranean restau­rant with an out­post in Mi­ami Beach. Plans are in mo­tion for a win­ter open­ing.

The folks be­hind TER­RONI are set to open a restau­rant in­side the new de­vel­op­ment at Yonge and Mont­gomery in a joint ven­ture with

CUMBRAE’S. Ru­mours of the 20,000-square-foot store and restau­rant be­ing a steak house were un­founded. We can’t wait to see the con­cept when it opens in spring 2019.

sad to see you go

Amy Rosen is sell­ing the Col­lege Street lo­ca­tion of ROSEN’S CIN

NAMON BUNS be­cause of the small space’s in­abil­ity to keep up with the de­mands of us sticky-fin­gered, su­gar-lov­ing Toron­to­ni­ans.

As of De­cem­ber, Park­dale will no longer be home to GRAND ELEC

TRIC af­ter six BBQ-filled years.

We also bid a sad farewell to pop­u­lar PEO­PLE’S EATERY in Chi­na­town. Where will we get our late-night but­ter lamb cro­quettes now?

Clock­wise from left: The har­vest plat­ter from Yukashi, the Vat­i­can Gift Shop’s bar, bub­ble tea from CoCo Fresh Tea

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