Susur Lee may have left Toronto for the big time in the Big Apple, but Susur the resto survives. Now rebranded as Madeline (601 King W, at Portland, 416-603-2205) and helmed by partner Brenda Bent, the doors of the self-described "opulent, yet curiously intimate" room open quietly Friday with long-time sous Dominic Amaral in the kitchen. His signature dish? Calamari!
Not to be outdone, Splendido's David Lee opens the doors at Nota Bene (180 Queen w, at Simcoe, 416-977-6400) next door to the Rex and across from the Condom Shack this Tuesday. Expect an instant mob scene.