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Weekly Lunch Pick: the heirloom tomato tartine at the newly renovated DT Bistro

(Image: Renée Suen)

This spring, Harbord Street’s DT Bistro reopened after nearly five months of renovations, unveiling a chic new dining room and a bright event space on the second floor. While best known for his pastries, chef Donald Duong offers an impressive selection of savoury options as well, ranging from a popular salad niçoise with seared ahi tuna to a Vietnamese coconut lamb curry. 

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GALLERY: a look at DT Bistro’s chic new renovation and second floor

The bright, refined new dining room at DT Bistro (Image: Megan Leahy)

Now in its seventh year on Harbord, Dessert Trends Bistro closed down on New Year’s Day for extensive renovations. Though the main dining area was relaunched May 18, the new 40-seat second-floor addition opened just this past weekend. With the help of his friend Bennett Lo of Dialogue 38, DT owner and renowned pasty chef Donald Duong designed the new interior to look as much like a jewellery store as a pastry shop. We dropped by to take a look.

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The Harbord Guide: 25 spots that are giving the strip a good name

Coffee kid Sam James pulled shots in the city’s finest brew houses.

Once-sleepy Harbord Street leaped into the spotlight last year when it became the setting of Toronto’s latest NIMBY vs. business debate. Citing residents’ rights, crime and the strip’s uncertain future, deputy mayor Joe Pantalone tried to keep a new restaurant—Ici Bistro, helmed by famed chef J.P. Challet—from getting a liquor licence. His intervention may have had the opposite effect he was looking for: Torontonians turned their focus to the south Annex and realized that Harbord isn’t as stuffy (or dodgy) as the councillor would have them believe. With its gradually expanding array of shops, galleries and cafés, Harbord is fast becoming a destination for diners seeking an alternative to Ossington and Queen West. We take a look at 25 seminal spots, old and new, along a street in transition.

(Sam James photo, Jessica Darmanin; Harbord Bakery thumbnail, Danielle Scott)

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