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Review: photogenic feats and flavour flops at Bero in Leslieville

Review: Bero

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Bero 1 star
889 Queen St. E., 416-477-3393

Chef Matt Kantor has graduated from pop-up dining series to a permanent home: a 30-seat corner spot decorated on a budget, with overstuffed chairs and vases of droopy mums. Bookish couples from the area don’t seem to care—they’re relieved that they have another option for a Friday date without the kids. Kantor is a devotee of modern Spanish cooking, in particular the technical wizardry of Ferran Adrià, so a salad includes mushy marshmallows flavoured with tomato, a tough tube of squid is dyed with beet juice to resemble a chili pepper, and every dish is a fussy composition of rectangles, cylinders and smears.

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Introducing: Bero, pop-up chef Matt Kantor’s new Spanish restaurant in Leslieville

Introducing: Bero

Name: Bero
Contact Info: 889 Queen St. E., 416-477-3393, bero-restaurant.com/
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Owners: Andrew Bridgman and Giulio Marconi, former owners of The Commissary, and Matt Kantor, the man behind successful pop-ups The Secret Pickle Supper Club and Hidden Kitchen
Chef: Matt Kantor

The Food: Bero is the fourth high-profile Spanish restaurant to open this year, following Patria, Bar Isabel and Carmen. The dishes on Kantor’s Basque-influenced menu include bone marrow gnocchi with snails; squid-ink arancini with beet-juice–marinated squid; and surf-and-turf with pork loin, octopus and chickpeas. The more traditional Sunday brunch menu includes eggs Benedict, bread pudding and hash.

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A new Spanish restaurant from Matt Kantor is opening in Leslieville

Matt-Kantor

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Matt Kantor is finally making the transition from popular pop-up cook to full-fledged restaurant chef. Over the last two years, Kantor created a string of successful dinner series and one-off events, including the Secret Pickle Supper Club, Hidden Kitchen and his epic three-night, 22-course homage to renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià. Now, he’s teaming up with the owners of The Commissary to create a new Spanish restaurant named Bero, which will replace the laid-back east-end eatery at 889 Queen East. The space is scheduled to open in early July after undergoing minor renovations.

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