2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#28 Bar Fancy

Bar Fancy

Down an alley, no words on the sign. How cool can you get? Jonathan Poon formerly of Chantecler gives us a casual bar with super-yummy food. Coyly snazzy small items come on melamine with brown paper towel for napkins. Maybe the best fried chicken in town. Skip spicy Thai salad — too mouth-burning. But don’t miss the marvellous rough-chopped Asian spiced steak tartare with raw green beans, lime and fried shallots on tostadas. Or the silly-sounding but wonderful shrimp sandwich on toasted Wonder-bread with shaved iceberg and mayo: A fat loaf of diced shrimp and pork makes this retro sammy super-great. No res, small room, go early or line up.


  • Bar Fancy
  • 1070 Queen St. W., Toronto (map)
  • www.barfancy.ca

  • Chef: Jonathan Poon
  • Sous Chef: Jesse Fader
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
  • Cost of dinner for two: $40
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Semi-private room and can rent entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Parking lot nearby and street parking available
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