Just 15 minutes after throwing open its doors last Saturday, the relocated Seven Lives (69 Kensington, at Baldwin, 416-803-1086, sevenlives.ca, @sevenlivesTO) was already seriously slammed. Now housed in the former Miss Cora's, the tear-away take-away sports seating for 10 and a short Cal-Mex lineup that includes fries topped poutine-style with shredded carne asada alongside the signature Gobernador taco with smoked marlin, shrimp and cheese.
Queens of Queen
Torito spinoff Carmen (922 Queen West, at Shaw, 416-535-0404, carmensayz.com, @carmensayz) is now up and running. This time round, co-owner/chef Luis Valenzuela adds extravagant paellas to his carte of traditional Spanish tapas. A few blocks east, camera-shy Matt Basile of Fidel Gastro food truck infamy has finally launched his long-promised Lisa Marie (638 Queen West, at Palmerston, 647-748-6822, @fidelgastros) in the old Prague Deli. Expect Elvis-inspired cardiac arrests like deep-fried meatball pizza and bun-free deep-fried cheeseburgers topped with fried quail eggs.
After a final brunch and dinner service on Mother's Day, May 12, Tati (124 Harbord, at Major, 416-962-8284, tatibistro.com) will call it quits after a five-year run. Co-owner Wayne Parent somewhat facetiously blames the Annex bistro's unexpected closure on today's fickle foodies. "There's no ‘French food' filter on Instagram," he reckons.
If you've ever been put off attending the Dakota Tavern's (249 Ossington, at Dundas West, 416-850-4579, thedakotatavern.com, @thedakotatavern) super-popular bluegrass Sunday brunch by the seemingly endless lineup, you'll be glad to know the reservation-free beanery now does brunch on Saturdays as well. We still advise showing up at least 15 minutes before the 11 am opening to be sure of getting a table.
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