Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: a new gelato shop at Dundas and Bathurst, a second location for Belmonte Raw, a popular Middle Eastern restaurant opens in the east end and more.
With its soon-to-be-open third location on Queen West, you’d think that The Burger’s Priest would take some time to enjoy its meteoric success. But yesterday evening, The Burger’s Priest announced on Twitter that it will be opening yet another location, this time in Etobicoke.
When Patrick Kriss took over Acadia’s kitchen from Matt Blondin around a year ago, he had some big shoes to fill. Blondin had earned some serious acclaim for his inventive cooking, putting Acadia on the map as one of the best restaurants in the city. But Kriss took on the challenge with vigour, earning extremely high praise of his own.
Deep ruby in colour with a slightly orange rim; a nose of red berries, clove and forest floor; full-bodied with a cedary note, dusty tannins reminiscent of a Barbaresco.
Seasonal craft beer moves through a fairly rigid cycle. Winter beers tend to have Christmasy spices; recipes for spring use maple syrup and the field is packed with pumpkin for fall. But in summer we get a refreshing dose of variety. Yes, there’s lots of orange beer, but there’s also apricot, blueberry, lemon and now, with the latest release from Kensington Brewing Company, watermelon.
After moving to Toronto from his native Delhi, Sumit Kohli noted Hogtown’s dearth of Indian street food options. “Toronto has so many sit-down Indian restaurants,” he says, “but it’s missing some of the staple foods that people eat daily back in India.”
The Fountain, nestled along the Dundas West bar strip, is both watering hole and art gallery. Currently, trippy pieces from local artist Tomas Del Balso dot the walls, illustrating his take on dream imagery in fantastical detail. Behind the bar, tatted up co-owner Sarah Delany pours drinks for art-loving barflies while The Growlers play overhead.
Toronto’s street meat is getting some competition with the arrival of Craft Dogs, an upcoming gourmet hot dog shop near the St. Lawrence Market. Located at 95 King St. E., Craft Dogs is the brainchild of Brian Morin and Kathleen McGinn, formerly co-owners of the nearby Beerbistro, along with a third partner, Craig Smith.
Located amid Little India’s swarm of sari shops, Bombay Chowpatty is one part video-rental shop, one part eatery. Named after Mumbai’s most beloved beach, the restaurant dishes out street-style eats from India’s cultural capital. Bollywood flicks play in the background as patrons tuck into favourites like chana bhatura, bhel puri and paneer kathi rolls.
Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: a new seafood restaurant on Queen West, Peruvian cuisine at Yonge and Lawrence, a new spot for barbecue in the Annex and more.