Food Spy: Rose and Sons opening barbecue resto on back patio
Chef Anthony Rose is opening a separate 60-seat barbecue restaurant behind his Rose and Sons diner (176 Dupont St., at Davenport) this summer. The yet-to-be named outdoor eatery (that was originally meant to be the diner’s back patio) will be open seasonally, for about five to six months of the year, depending on the weather.
Hoarding Alert: Lemon Hart Demerara Rum
Alright, so most people have probably spent enough time at the LCBO this week stocking up. Still, there’s one more good reason to visit your local branch: Lemon Hart Demerara Rum, of which (perhaps thanks to yesterday’s hoarding frenzy) there are only about a dozen bottles left downtown.
Food Spy: Harbord Room’s sister restaurant THR&Co. opens tonight
The Audit: Bushi Udon Kappo brings Japanese noodle soup to Midtown
Name: Bushi Udon Kappo.
Chef: Koki Oguchi.
Signature: Udon noodle soup.
Price: $7.50–$10.50 for bowls of soup.
Open for: Lunch and dinner everyday.
Vittles: Bent’s Bent-O Box
The bento box is always a good option for sampling a bit of everything on a restaurant’s menu—a concept chef Susur Lee has used to create the new Bent-O Box special at his sons’ restaurant, Bent (777 Dundas St. W., at Markham).
Food Spy: The One That Got Away lands in Bloor West Village
Popular King West fish house (and Grid Pick), The One That Got Away, will open a second location at 2392 Bloor St. W. (at Armadale) in what used to be a Mamma’s Pizza. Owner Phil Sato says the concept and menu will remain the same, but with the addition of kid’s meals to cater to the neighbourhood’s smaller appetites (of which there are many).
Tasty Dish: Pastry chef Amanda Hamer on her ideal Toronto date
Name: Amanda Hamer.
Occupation: Pastry chef at Barque Smokehouse.
Marital Status: Single.
Food Spy: Vendors for Field Trip music festival announced
After a full day of auditions, the food lineup for Field Trip—next month’s one-day music festival headlined by Broken Social Scene and Feist that marks the 10th anniversary of local record label Arts & Crafts—has been announced.
Hoarding Alert: Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Let’s get this out of the way: the new Great Gatsby film will be a horrible disappointment. At least to anyone who sincerely cares about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book.
But that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating its release this weekend with large quantities of gin. Indeed, if you drew a Venn diagram, you’d find a large intersection between the circles representing people who love The Great Gatsby (1925 book) and those who love gin cocktails. And a smaller subset of that group are probably also keen on the other exciting release this week: Sipsmith London Dry Gin, now appearing at the LCBO. The fact that it coincides with Gatsby at the flickers indicates that the universe is in better alignment than we can ever grasp.
Vittles: Hoof Raw Bar’s bream sashimi
Since opening last spring, Hoof Raw Bar (926 Dundas St. W., at Bellwoods), Jen Agg’s pescatarian accompaniment to the ever-popular offal-centered Black Hoof, has been serving inventive, beautiful-looking fish and seafood plates. One of the menu’s most popular dishes, the simple-sounding bream sashimi ($16) is a testament to the kitchen’s understanding of balanced flavours and textures.