A-OK Foods on Ossington joins the rising ranks of ramen eateries.
It wasn't that long ago that the only people caught dead on Ossington were those outlined in chalk on the sidewalk in front of a karaoke joint. And though there's been ;a moratorium of late on new resto-bars on this hippest of strips, they still keep popping up like Whac-a-Moles.
Right on schedule, the folks behind Yours Truly have jumped on the ramen bandwagon with A-OK Foods (930 Queen West, at Ossington, 647-352-2243, @aokfoods). Look for the usual Japanese noodle soups as well as Momofuku-style starters like bacon-seared Brussels sprouts with Kewpie mayo and char siu pork tostados, aka recumbent tacos.
A few blocks north, Watusi has evolved into Rock Lobster (110 Ossington, at Argyle, 416-312-7662, rocklobsterfood.com), a permanent bricks 'n' mortar version of the popular food event pop-up. They're already packing them in for lobster rolls, lobster poutine and lobster Caesars - the cocktail, not the salad.
Business has slowed recently at Mario Cassini's Caju (922 Queen West, at Shaw, 416-532-2550, caju.ca), so he's closing his Brazilian bistro after a 10-year run. Last call for caipirinhas is December 22. The space won't stay empty long on the same block as A-OK Foods, super-hot Ursa and Splendido spinoff County General.
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