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Introducing: Skin and Bones, Leslieville’s latest restaurant and wine bar

Introducing: Skin and Bones

(Image: Gizelle Lau)

Leslieville’s dining scene is rife with wine bars and other oenologically inclined restaurants these days like Ascari Enoteca and Glas. The latest example: Skin and Bones, a new restaurant and, yes, wine bar from Daniel Clarke, once a co-owner of Pizzeria Libretto and Enoteca Sociale and Harry Wareham, also an alum of Libretto and Enoteca, who’d been planning on opening a wine-focused restaurant together for some time. For the back of house, the pair snagged chef Matthew Sullivan (Maléna, L’Unità), whose Boxed pop-up dinner series also paid close attention to pairings.

“Each dish is created with a specific wine or type of wine in mind,” Sullivan tells us. Those dishes include starters like crispy chicken tails ($8) or a jar of pickled quail eggs and vegetables ($7), and mains like celeriac gnocchi with uni bottarga ($15) or roasted Perth pork belly with octopus salad ($18). For dessert, a classic sticky toffee pudding ($6) is beefed up with bone marrow caramel. With sommelier Michelle Ratzlaff and consulting sommelier Peter Boyd (Scaramouche) on the wine side, the list offers about 40 by-the-glass options, mostly priced at $10 to $20, showcasing lesser-known wine regions and varietals. There’s also a small selection of cocktails and beer.

Given the restaurant’s name, the space is suitably minimalist, with bar seating that extends to the back, where an uncommonly spacious dining room features oak tables, a partially open kitchen and the original exposed brick of the former auto-parts warehouse. And what of Boxed, which has been dormant since the summer? We’re told Toronto hasn’t seen the last of the pop-up series just yet.

Skin and Bones, 980 Queen St. E., 416-524-5209, skinandbonesto.com, @skinandbonesto

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  • Meg

    Had dinner at Skin & Bones last week. Food was really fantastic. We went with the server’s recommendations for appetizers: steak tartar and the fried potatoes. Loved the tartar. Dinner was pork belly with octopus salad and beef bourguignon, the latter being my favourite as it was perfectly tender and flavourful. The only drawback personally is that I prefer a smaller, cozier space for dinner, which is not the case here. It wasn’t terrible having such a large room, it’s just not what I’m used to elsewhere in the city. Would definitey come back again.

    Overall, highly recommend.

  • Ellen

    Nice to see yet another restaurant opening in Leslieville! Food was excellent, service was pleasant, just not a fan of the very open space

  • Steve Adams

    Have been twice now and I have to say the Food, service and with much adieu the wine is great.
    Will be back often as I live in the hood.

    Ps I always eat at the bar and this is no exception, warmer then the back dinning room.

 

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