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Introducing: A-OK Foods, a new ramen and snack bar from the owners of Yours Truly

Introducing: A-OK Foods

(Image: Renée Suen)

Earlier this year, Yours Truly shifted to an all-tasting-menu format, eliminating the popular bar snacks that had helped build the restaurant’s good name. Now, owners Matt CherkasDan Hawkins and Aleem Jamal-Kabani are bringing some of those favourites back at A-OK Foods, a new snack and ramen bar open for lunch and dinner on Queen West between Ursa and County General. The changing menu, led by head chef Chris Jang, features Chinese, Korean and Mexican flavours, but the big draw will no doubt be the chewy house-made ramen noodles, a rarity in Toronto, made on a special machine imported from Korea and then aged for up to three days.

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Hot Noodle Alert: Yours Truly owners are opening a new Queen West ramen shop this winter

Aleem Jamal-Kabani, Dan Hawkins and Matt Cherkas at Yours Truly (Image: Riley Stewart)

Ramen is rapidly becoming one of the city’s hottest food trends, alongside the likes of cupcakes, bacon and tacos. Over the last few months, Kinton, Sansotei and, of course, Momofuku Noodle Bar have all opened up shop, and Santouka and Raijin are on the way. Now, the latest hot-noodle-bowl news: Matt Cherkas, Dan Hawkins and Aleem Jamal-Kabani, the three partners who opened Ossington’s Yours Truly to great acclaim last December, are launching a new ramen shop on Queen West later this year. They’re keeping mum on the details for now, but we’re told the new place will focus on shio (salt) and shoyu (soy) broth, as opposed to the richer tonkotsu broth that’s served at Sansotei.  

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Introducing: Yours Truly, a new Ossington restaurant and bar with a chef whose resumé includes Per Se, Alinea and Noma (no, really)

A cook does some prep work at the bar before opening (Image: Renée Suen)

Yours Truly, a new restaurant and bar on the still-hot Ossington strip, opened with no great fanfare in mid-December, but now it’s causing quite a stir. Behind the place are ex-Vancouverites Matt Cherkas, Dan Hawkins and Aleem Jamal-Kabani, who found that Toronto put up a less fierce barrier to entry than their hometown did. Initially, they’d planned on opening a little watering hole to call their own with a few bar snacks, but everything changed after they found their new chef, Jeff Claudio. At only 28, Claudio has an impressive pedigree: he’s worked at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York, Rockpool in Sydney and the Toronto branch of Scarpetta, where he was chef de cuisine. He also staged at Noma (a.k.a. the best restaurant in the world) and two of Chicago’s best restaurants, Alinea and Charlie Trotter’s. Hence the buzz.

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