Bloordale

Introducing: The Four Seven, a new Bloordale bar from Tequila Bookworm’s owners Introducing: The Four Seven, a new Bloordale bar from Tequila Bookworm’s owners

Name: The Four Seven Neighbourhood: Bloordale Contact Info: 1211 Bloor St. W., @the47TO Previously: Ortolan Owners: Jeff Caires and Andrew Usher (Tequila Bookworm) and chef Daniel Usher (Ortolan) Executive Chef: Daniel Usher The Food: Late-night eats served until 2 a.m., including big dishes for sharing. Usher’s concise menu includes an Italian-style grilled squid; socca, a gluten-free chickpea-flour crepe topped with either lamb… Read more »

RIP Ortolan, the pioneering restaurant on Bloor West RIP Ortolan, the pioneering restaurant on Bloor West

When Ortolan opened in 2011, its quiet seasonal cooking stood out on a strip of Bloor West known for its men’s clubs and discount furniture stores. It made an immediate impression, even landing on Toronto Life’s list of the year’s best new restaurants. Since then, neighbouring spots The Emerson and Whippoorwill have helped turn the… Read more »

Bloordale is evidently tired of being a strip-club strip Bloordale is evidently tired of being a strip-club strip

The Star reports that a subtle but significant change is underway in Bloordale, the steadily gentrifying stretch of Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne. A group of residents operating under the banner of a new organization called the Bloordale Community Improvement Association has thrown its weight behind a movement to unseat the long-time chair of… Read more »

At Bloordale’s new general store: come for vintage fur, stay for a cup of tea At Bloordale’s new general store: come for vintage fur, stay for a cup of tea

(Image: Odd Finds General Store) Odd Finds is a general store, vintage clothing shop and tearoom in one. Unsurprisingly, the space is quaintly cluttered: rustic lanterns sit next to old clocks; antique bureaus are laden with handmade candles and soaps; and the odd fur cap dangles artfully among the mix. Co-owner Stacey Collrin, who opened… Read more »

Review: The Emerson, a new family-friendly bistro in Bloorcourt Review: The Emerson, a new family-friendly bistro in Bloorcourt

The Emerson  ½ 1279 Bloor St. W., 416-532-1717 This jovial new Bloordale spot is the ultimate hipster family restaurant. The room is filled to the rafters with reclaimed curios—a model airplane hanging from the ceiling, vintage bikes mounted on the wall—but the space is large, the music is mercifully low and the crowd is a mix… Read more »

Review: The Whippoorwill, the latest Bloordale brunch spot Review: The Whippoorwill, the latest Bloordale brunch spot

The Whippoorwill  ½ 1285 Bloor St. W., 416-530-2999 Bloordale’s newest brunch spot deploys all the ubiquitous diner-kitsch cutery—red vinyl booths, checkered floors, Formica tables—without overdoing it. (We only noticed one taxidermied moose head.) The kitchen offers satisfying riffs on traditional brunch fare. Soft buttermilk biscuits sit under two runny poached eggs, fresh watercress and an expertly… Read more »

The Month that Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in D... The Month that Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in December

Opening Yakitori Bar and Seoul Food Co.—Restauranteur Sang Kim (Ki, Blowfish) set an ambitious goal for himself: one restaurant, thirty days. It must’ve been too easy, because he ended up opening two, an izakaya and a Korean takeout joint. Read our Introducing post » Hawthorne Food and Drink—Chef Eric Wood (Fabarnak) finds inspiration for Hawthorne’s menu… Read more »

Introducing: Karelia Kitchen, Bloordale’s new Scandinavian café Introducing: Karelia Kitchen, Bloordale’s new Scandinavian café

From the late ’60s until the ’80s, Karelia was an influential Scandinavian design store in Toronto run by Janis Kravis. Now his son, Leif Kravis, along with his wife Donna Ashley, have revived the brand with Karelia Kitchen, a Scandinavian-inspired café at Dufferin and Bloor. The 24-seat, 600-square-feet space has a clean-lined, minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic, with a ceiling panelled in locally sourced… Read more »

The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in N... The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in November

Opening Skin and Bones—Daniel Clarke and Harry Wareham, both formerly of Enoteca Sociale and Pizzeria Libretto, have opened the doors to Leslieville’s newest wine bar with chef-nomad Matthew Sullivan (Boxed, Maléna) in the kitchen. Read our Introducing post » A-OK Foods—Yes, it’s another spot serving ramen, but this Queen West snack bar is owned by… Read more »

The Bloordale Pantry closes, is quickly replaced by The Whippoorwill Restaurant ... The Bloordale Pantry closes, is quickly replaced by The Whippoorwill Restaurant and Tavern

In a 10-day Restaurant Makeover-ish blitz, friends Shawn Creamer (Dakota Tavern) and Tyler Cunningham (Ultra) have taken over and transformed the homey Bloordale Pantry into the trendier Whippoorwill Restaurant and Tavern (consider it Bloordale’s second wave of gentrification). A regular at the Pantry, Creamer told us that he would often half-jokingly offer to take over the space from its… Read more »

Introducing: Bar Neon, a new Bloordale watering hole with some ambitious grub Introducing: Bar Neon, a new Bloordale watering hole with some ambitious grub

When Bar Neon opened last month, it became Bloordale’s answer to the trend embodied by places like Grand Electric and 416 Snack Bar: hip, local watering holes not afraid to serve food with a little ambition. Behind Bar Neon is Niki Tsourounakis, who grew up around the restaurant business, near Montreal. She also owns Café… Read more »

New Reviews: Ortolan, Pizza e Pazzi and Obikà New Reviews: Ortolan, Pizza e Pazzi and Obikà

ORTOLAN ½ 1211 Bloor St. W., 647-348-4500 By now the formula is familiar: young chefs set up small, idiosyncratic restaurant in down-at-heels neighbourhood on shoestring budget and compensate for limited chalkboard menu and no-reservations policy with good food and reasonable prices. Damon Clements and Daniel Usher, the chef-owners at Bloordale Village’s new local-focused bistro, just… Read more »

Introducing: The Lansdowne Cone, a new ice cream parlour set to lure patrons wes... Introducing: The Lansdowne Cone, a new ice cream parlour set to lure patrons westward

“Blansdowne,” to use the oft-deprecating moniker for the strip of Bloor around Lansdowne, may be losing traction with the recent addition of new places to eat. One such business is The Lansdowne Cone, which opened its doors a few weeks ago to an enthusiastic reception from the area’s residents.

Introducing: Ortolan, a tiny new restaurant in Bloordale Introducing: Ortolan, a tiny new restaurant in Bloordale

With a name nodding to a notorious old-world culinary delicacy, Ortolan quietly opened its doors two weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by Kathy’s Kitchen in Bloordale Village. Taking a little bit of Ossington with them, chef-owners Damon Clements (Delux) and Daniel Usher (Pizzeria Libretto) have pooled their respective experiences in French and Italian… Read more »

The Avenue recap: new Web series “takes” Toronto—and so far, we want it ba... The Avenue recap: new Web series “takes” Toronto—and so far, we want it back

Toronto-focused television already has its place in fiction, from the mind-warping fantasy of Being Erica to the gang’s-all-here approach of Metropia. So when The Hills collapsed in Lauren Conrad’s absence and a trashy void needed to be filled, Toronto stepped up with the racial stereotyping of Lake Shore. Or that’s what we thought until we… Read more »