February 2014

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Weekly Restaurant Recap: East Thirty-Six, Byblos, Rose City Kitchen, Grasshopper and more

Weekly restaurant recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: Ink Entertainment and Charles Khabouth debut new venture Byblos, a Vancouver-based restaurant chain lands in old Origin Liberty spot, tapas spot Barsa Taberna set to open, and more.

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a Ripasso that’s easy on the budget

A well-priced Ripasso with lots of flavour.

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First Look: La Croisée, a new bistro that’s bringing a taste of Burgundy to Bayview

For years, chef Adrien Bailleux and his partner, Andy Yang, knew that they wanted to open a restaurant together. They found a restaurant space in Leaside, where barbecue mecca Highway 61 once stood. After giving the place a complete makeover, they opened their new 24-seat spot, La Croisée, near the end of 2013.

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First Draught: Detour, Muskoka Brewery’s latest session IPA

Today is the first day of my campaign to bring the term "session beer" out of the dark corners of British beer jargon and into general use. It defines a brew that one could comfortably enjoy three or four pints of during an evening (the session) at a pub.

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Bar Buca’s tower of pastries makes for an impressive spread

Buca’s new outpost on Portland St. has finally opened its doors and brings to King West a snack bar inspired by the café-bars of Italy; a place to take your espresso standing up with biscotti before heading to work, and come evening, a place for a drink with friends on the way home.

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Drink This: the honey plum sour from Don Don Izakaya

In Japan, izakayas are afterwork hangouts where time-crunched workers revive themselves. Essentially the Japanese version of the pub, the izakaya focuses on drink first, though sustenance is provided to balance out the alcohol.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the bulgogi cheesesteak from Oddseoul

At Ossington’s ever-buzzing Oddseoul, the atmosphere is boisterous, drinks flow freely and well-priced food is scarfed back greedily. The Han brothers (Leemo and Leeto) have a Korean background and their cuisine merges Korea’s with junky American foods (they spent their formative years in Philly).

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Dining like it’s 1899

Long forgotten dishes — like Welsh rabbit and lobster thermidor — make a comeback in Toronto, primed for diners looking for a side of history.

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Weekly Restaurant Recap: Kenzo expands, The Local Company rebrands, The Greek, Fry Haus, Corner House to close and more

Weekly restaurant recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: Kenzo goes for lucky number seven, Chococrêpe and The Local Company rebrand, new Greek and German snack options, Corner House due to close, a new all-day waffle joint opens and more.

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a nicely balanced Australian chardonnay

On the palate it’s medium-bodied, with nicely balanced orchard fruit flavours that fill the mouth.