October 2012


Tabülè brings a taste of the Middle East to Queen East

After bouncing the idea around for the past seven years, Diana Sideris and Rony Goraichy have decided to expand Tabülè, their popular Yonge Street Middle Eastern restaurant, to the east end. Having secured a space at 810 Queen Street East, near Bonjour Brioche, they hope to open by February of next year.

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Drink This: The Drake Hotel’s Deliverance

Sandy De Almeida may only have been at The Drake Hotel for around a month, but she’s already put her mark on the menu. Slinging drinks behind the Lounge bar, the west-end bartender says that in addition to her duties at the hotel, she still pours at Churchill and Reposado — though it’s only here that one can toss back a Deliverance ($14).

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Little Italy gets on the pho

There’s no shortage of trendy new restaurants opening in Little Italy these days, but now good old-fashioned pho is making its way to the neighborhood too. Popular Junction restaurant Pho Huong is bringing its Vietnamese cuisine to the site of the short-lived Adam’s Sushi at 598 College Street.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: an apple and cheddar matchup from The Grilled Cheese

The Grilled Cheese, Kensington Market’s go-to joint for melted cheese goodness, originally brought in the Apple Crisp sandwich ($8) as a special. When it started outselling everything else, the eatery decided to let patrons chow down on it whenever they so desired.

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Cheap Eat of the Week: south Indian doughnuts from Udupi Palace

Opened in 2001 in Toronto’s Little India neighbourhood, Udupi Palace specializes in south Indian vegetarian cuisine but also offers northern Indian fare as well as fusion dishes, incorporating Asian flavours.

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Friday Restaurant Recap: Cafe+Bar+Pasta, El Almacen, Reds Wine Bistro, Hot Oven Bakery, Mideastro

Friday Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: a new Italian joint for Dundas West, a mobile pizzeria, a makeover for Reds Bistro and more.

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First Look: Japas, an Asian tapas bar in Koreatown

Over at Bloor and Clinton in Koreatown, Japas opened in the old Camto corner lot on Wednesday. The concept: a Japanese tapas and oyster bar with plenty of Japanese beer and cocktails flowing. It’s also meant to be distinctly un-izakaya in nature (read: no yelling and no gongs) while offering a fun, casual space for people to meet and share a few bites over drinks.  

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a versatile, affordable white wine from Burgundy

This is a copybook introductory white Burgundy at an affordable price. It’s straw in colour, with a bouquet of fennel, peanut and apple notes; on the palate, expect a crisp yellow apple flavour. The wine is medium-bodied with good length. A versatile food wine.

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First Draught: Cannery Brewing’s Blackberry Porter

Good fruit beers can go in one of two directions. The special ingredient is either buried deep in the background, faintly whistling a quiet but distinctive tune, or the flavour is unmistakable and right at the front, like the horns section of an orchestra. Spearhead's Hawaiian Pale Ale, with its gentle hint of pineapple, is a good example of the former, while this week's beer, Cannery Brewing Company’s Blackberry Porter, is definitely the latter.

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EnRoute’s best new restaurants list gives serious props to Toronto; probably won’t irk Anthony Bourdain

With enRoute’s 2012 edition of Canada’s best new restaurants list, the magazine has confirmed what Torontonians already knew: “The city’s dining scene is on fire.” Six of the 10 restaurants on the list are from Toronto, including Niagara Street’s Edulis, which snagged the number one spot.

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