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#42 The Black Hoof

The Black Hoof

The Hoof still does grand charcuterie and some luscious pig products — We love the fatty crispy smoked pork jowl with roasted figs, the fat set off nicely by pickled pears with blue cheese in vanilla-pear sauce. Their entry into taco-land is also very good — high-flavoured cochinita pibil tacos. And they’ve diversified into the vegetable kingdom. Perfectly charred rapini makes sweet love with charred figs, caramelized onion mayo and crispy walnuts with mustard seed vinaigrette. Arctic char has been cured a la gravlax and goes down great with little dabs of cod roe panna cotta, grapefruit and walnut crumb. Cavatelli do very well with veg. Still no res and still only debit card or cash, but at least now you can quaff cocktails while you wait at either Hoof offshoot, Rhum Corner next door or Cocktail across the street.

  • The Black Hoof
  • 928 Dundas St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-551-8854

  • Chef: Jayde Burton
  • Cuisine: Charcuterie
  • Cost of dinner for two: $75
  • Hours: Thurs. to Sat. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun. to Mon. 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 60+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: No
  • Parking: Street parking available
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