What the New York Times has called the hippest place in Toronto to drink, dine, shop and live turns into a foodies' paradise from tomorrow (Friday, September 15) through October 1 when the restaurants of east-side Leslieville take part in the first Leslielicious prix fixe food fest.
Take that, Summerlicious. Think of this two-week event as a trendier version of Taste Of The Danforth minus the souvlaki and half a million people. NOW-familiar names like Verveine (1097 Queen East, at Pape, 416-405-9906), Le Café Vert (946 Queen East, at Morse, 416-778-1313) and Pop Bistro (686 Queen East, at Broadview, 416-461-9663), along with a slew of worthy others will be offering up three-course meal deals.
Joy Bistro (884 Queen East, at Empire, 416-465-8855) will be using the culinary celebration to introduce new chef Milton Tanswell 's first menu following David Chrystian 's not entirely surprising departure two weeks ago. Chrystian has just quickly resurfaced at Chez Victor in Hotel Le Germain (330 Mercer, 416-345-9500), the resto formerly known as the Rubino brothers' Luce. In a related move, 93 Harbord's now-former co-owner, Charlotte Dowd , has been named Joy's new manager.
But the big news is that Jean-Jacques Texier 's marvellous Batifole (744 Gerrard East, at Howland, 416-462-9965), easily one of the top five French bistros in town, will be offering a three-course $25 prix fixe blue plate special that begins with lobster bisque or escargots, continues with classically roasted Cornish hen or pan-seared John Dory with fennel and finishes with cr`me brlée. Book now, before it sells out!
For more Leslielicious details: www.eastendnoise.com.