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Introducing: Daishō, Momofuku Toronto’s home for “large-format” meals

Introducing: Daishō

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Up on the third floor of the Momofuku complex is Daishō, an 80-seat space devoted to large family-style meals. Ample natural light spills into the airy space by day, while at night the room is softly illuminated by retro-modern Excel chandeliers from Rich Brilliant and Willing. Completely encased in glass, the room’s vaulted ceiling is dominated by a grand finned structure made of oak, which not only brings warmth to the minimalistic space but serves as an elegant beacon along University Avenue. Around the room’s periphery are a number of four-tops surrounded by black Maruni Hiroshima chairs, while the heart of the room is made up of communal seating (there’s also a central bar and, in the southeast corner, a Chinese-style round table that seats 10).

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Introducing: The Drake Summer School Dining Hall, the first in the boutique hotel’s Dining Roadshow series

The Drake’s dining room was transformed into summer-school kitsch in the space of one weekend. (Image: Gizelle Lau)

The Drake Hotel has never been afraid of a little shtick, and pop-up and quasi pop-up operations have long been a part of that. There’s the Drake General Store (and its two sister locations across the city), the now-defunct Scoops and Tees and its successor the Drake BBQ, a pop-up shop that, in true pop-up fashion, will serve its last pulled pork sandwiches and whoopie pies this Saturday. This summer, the Drake is launching the Dining Roadshow, a sort of in situ pop-up program that GM Bill Simpson told us is “meant to be an exploration over the next year as we plan to expand The Drake.” The roadshow will feature a series of thematically changing restaurant concepts that will be highly theatrical, whimsical and, yes, pretty darn kitschy. The first stop: Summer School Dining Hall.

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Introducing: Black Moon, the latest excuse for Bay Streeters to stick around after five

Inside Black Moon (Image: Daniel Barna)

With the notable exception of Bay Street’s upscale banker-bait, it’s been hard to imagine Toronto’s financial district ever becoming a destination for more casual fare. But with the recent openings of The Gabardine and Blowfish on Bay, and now Black Moon, a new resto-renaissance seems to be taking hold. “Most people who worked here would leave the neighbourhood as soon as they finished working, but that’s changing,” says owner Abdi Ghotb, also the man behind the Sandwich Box. Since opening last week, the glitzy resto-lounge is already becoming a go-to spot for Bay Street’s in-and-out lunch crowd as well as office castaways looking for a late-night libations.

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Cookstown Greens goes up for sale after 22 years

(Image: David Cohlmeyer)

Cookstown Greens, the pioneering supplier of specialty produce to top Toronto restaurants, is up for sale. Founded in 1988 by former restaurateur and food columnist David Cohlmeyer, the farm built its reputation on its rare and organically grown produce. Now, after 22 successful years, Cohlmeyer has put the 95-acre property and business up for sale for $1.2 million, and is hoping to sell it as a going concern.

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