When Corinna Mozo announced the impending closure of her French-Cuban restaurant Delux last June, we speculated (extremely wishfully, and based on zero evidence) that she might be planning on turning the space into a second location of La Cubana, the year-old Cuban diner that’s helped turn Roncesvalles into a trendy dining destination. Amazingly, it turns out we were right. Temporary signage for the new restaurant has gone up at 92 Ossington Avenue, right across the street from Bakerbots spin-off Bang Bang—which may soon have a new rival for longest queues on the strip.
All neighbourhoods evolve, but Ossington seems to be doing it faster than most. Now the strip is losing one of its most seasoned inhabitants. Delux, the little restaurant known for serving Cubanos by day and traditional bistro food by night, is closing this month. Owner Corinna Mozo opened Delux over six and a half years ago, back when Ossington was still dominated by auto-repair shops and Vietnamese karaoke bars. Yesterday, Mozo left the following message on the restaurant’s Facebook page:
It’s time to say goodbye. As one of the first to spark Ossington’s revival we’ve had a busy six and half years. Six and a half years of welcoming, feeding and hydrating locals and visitors alike in our dining room. Ossington has grown a lot. It has changed a lot. Now it’s our turn to change.
Mozo also hinted that an “exciting new project” was in the works (a La Cubana spin-off on Ossington, perhaps?). In the meantime, Delux fans should get dialing: the final dinner service is Friday, June 13.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11, and Toronto’s best brunch spots are filling up fast. After all, how better to thank the woman who birthed you than to ply her with pastries, prosecco and a gut-busting midday meal? For all you last-minute planners, we pulled together a list of spots that aren’t yet booked up, with options to suit every style of matriarch. Here, nine Toronto destinations for Mother’s Day brunch.
Chef Rob Gentile’s grown-up snack bar doesn’t take reservations, but his decadent Italian brunch is worth the wait. Choices range from crunchy cream-filled cannoli to chocolate-toped Tuscan crepes infused with pig’s blood, and the cocktail list is similarly inventive. We suggest the Mimosa Rosa, an effervescent mix of prosecco, grapefruit and orange aperol.
75 Portland St., 416-599-2822, no reservations
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Hudson Kitchen’s brunch menu is an intriguing mix of European and Asian flavours—think buttermilk pancakes with bourbon syrup, Spanish omelets and Filipino-style French toast with pork and pineapple mostarda. For Mother’s Day only, meals come with a complimentary package of take-home petit fours.
800 Dundas St. W., 416-644-8839
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Who better to guide a fantasy food tour than a chef? We asked some of the city’s top culinary talents to walk us through their ideal day in Toronto restaurant meals.
“I’m always trying to recreate Mitzi’s oatmeal pancake recipe. I never get it, so I keep going back.” 100 Sorauren Ave., 416-588-1234.
“I’m addicted to burgers. When I’m on the go, I pick one up at the Burger’s Priest.” 463 Queen St. W., 647-748-8018.
“My favourite comfort food is the chicken fusilli with goat cheese and pesto at Domani.” 335 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-516-2147.
“I love the mojitos at La Cubana, a cute new Cuban place a block away from my house.” 392 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-538-7500.
We’re dining around the clock and the options for a midnight feast are suddenly excellent
At some point over the past year, around the time Rob Ford was smoking crack in a drunken stupor, we became a city that eats at all hours. It now takes weeks of planning to get a table at 10 p.m. at the hotter spots. And if you want a meal after midnight, there are finally options other than greasy all-night diners and those Chinatown backrooms where the only thing anyone orders is “cold tea.” After a three-hour Scorsese opus at the Revue, I’ll go to La Cubana, Corrina Mozo’s new restaurant on Roncesvalles, where the cooks make a mean medianoche, the traditional Havana sandwich stacked with roasted pork, ham and gruyère—they also have versions with chorizo, or guava-glazed short rib, or avocado and queso fresco. The kitchen at the County General, the Queen West gastropub, officially closes at 11, but the place is usually full until last call, patrons scarfing down pork buns and devilled eggs while sipping bourbon cocktails. (They’ve expanded to Riverdale and Bloorcourt.) Even the owners of the prim Nota Bene wanted in on the fun, opening Carbon Bar on Queen East. They serve perfectly smoked southern-style barbecue, fried chicken skin, and intricate cocktails with citrus oils and rare tinctures until late-late-late.
Yes, we’re looking at you, Drake One Fifty ($9), Electric Mud BBQ ($3.75) and Hudson Kitchen ($4).
Even on a rainy night, there’s a queue to get into La Cubana, the new Caribbean restaurant from Corinna Mozo, chef-owner of Delux on Ossington. She modelled the seafoam green room on a diner her grandfather once ran in Cuba. Read the rest of this entry »
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Name: La Cubana
Contact Info: 392 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-538-7500
Neighbourhood: Roncesvalles Village
Owners: Corinna Mozo, who also owns Ossington bistro Delux, and her husband Victor Coelho
Chef: Leah Marshall-Hannon, the former chef de cuisine at Delux
The Food: Casual Cuban food, including four takes on the medianoche, a type of Cubano sandwich commonly hocked outside Havana nightclubs (the name translates to “midnight”). For brunch, pork-focused breakfast platters come with poached eggs and salt cod croquettes. A separate kids’ menu caters to the area’s flourishing under-12 crowd. Read the rest of this entry »
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Corinna Mozo’s Ossington bistro Delux is known for its split personality: it serves pressed Cubanos and conch fritters by day, and traditional bistro food by night. Now the French-trained chef is expanding her Latin brand with a new, all-Cuban restaurant in Roncesvalles. The appropriately named La Cubana, which opens next month in the former Blue Plate space at 392 Roncesvalles, will have a leafy back patio, a takeout window for donuts and coffee, and a menu of grilled fish, empanadas and other Cuban standards. For those who don’t want to wait: cocktails and snacks from the new menu will be available at Delux this Friday and Saturday. [The Grid]