back in March, Chantecler has played a big part in the revitalization of Parkdale, offering a little more finesse and fine-tuning than you might expect on this block, which is often overshadowed by its tacos.">

Cheap Eat of the Week: liquid sustenance from Chantecler


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Opened back in March, Chantecler has played a big part in the revitalization of Parkdale, offering a little more finesse and fine-tuning than you might expect on this block, which is often overshadowed by its tacos.

Co-owners Jacob Wharton-Shukster and chef Jonathan Poon are creating a not-to-be-missed food and drink experience, including a weekly lettuce wrap dinner on Sundays and now, every last Monday of each month, a dinner series that features special guest chefs like Basilio Pesce (currently preparing to open Porzia), Jason Carter (ex-Centro), Guy Rawlings (ex-Brockton General) and Top Cheftestant Dustin Gallagher.

In the kitchen, Poon creates food that’s intricate and detailed without being stuffy, and Wharton-Shukster does the same behind the bar, offering a relaxed, laid-back drink menu that you can actually enjoy without being rushed off to make space for the next table. It’s also great value, with several cocktails under $10 (in a city where cocktails prices are quickly increasing).

The cocktail list, like any cocktail list should, has something for everyone. It’s light and refreshing for the last of the summer weather, yet maintains a few classics for those who prefer a stiffer drink.

For a summer sipper, it’s hard to get enough of the gin and grapefruit tonic ($8), made with Victoria Gin, house tonic and grapefruit for a light, refreshing way to start your night. Equally as delicious is the cola libre ($8), made with Gosling’s Rum, kola nut house-made cola and lime for a fancy rum and coke option.

Chantecler, 1320 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586

Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

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