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Yours Truly on Ossington is closing
(Image: Yours Truly/Facebook)

(Image: Yours Truly/Facebook)

The restaurant will serve its final meals on September 30, according to an emailed statement from the owners. Known for serving some of the city’s most meticulous dishes, the three-year-old Ossington spot never seemed to get its business formula quite right, switching back and forth between regular à la carte service and an ambitious tasting-menu-only concept. (For its final month, Yours Truly will be ditching the à la carte menu for good.) The fall closure comes just under a year after the shuttering of spin-off restaurant A-OK Foods, which closed last October.

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The Top Food Trends and Who Does Them Best: Tasting Menus

They take twice as long and cost twice as much as the average dinner—and we’re smitten

The Top Food Trends and Who Does Them Best: Tasting Menus

Meticulously constructed, wildly diverse plates from the tasting menu at Actinolite

In the months after David Chang opened Shōtō, every semi-ambitious chef in the city became a tasting menu convert, serving a dozen small courses, plus intermediary amuses or “tastes”—a pervasive foodie noun. It’s the dining equivalent of a marathon: you rarely make the finish line in under three hours. The best of them are usually at pocket-size places where a chef-proprietor riffs on seasonal ingredients, flexing his culinary muscles—tasting menus are almost exclusively a peacocking male chef thing.

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Five food fads we loathe

Five food fads we loathe: Bread
Places that Charge for bread

Yes, we’re looking at you, Drake One Fifty ($9), Electric Mud BBQ ($3.75) and Hudson Kitchen ($4).

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VIDEO: Yours Truly chef Lachlan Culjak shows how much work goes into a single restaurant dish

After watching this video, you may never again feel compelled to complain about dropping too much cash on dinner. Yours Truly chef Lachlan Culjak shows viewers how he prepares a single serving of bone-marrow mousse, a stand-out “snack” on the restaurant’s tasting menu. Each component is treated with the finicky care generally reserved for brain surgery and bomb disposal: over 24 hours, things are brined, pressure-cooked, dehydrated, flash-frozen, deep-fried and pressurized in a carbon-dioxide canister—all to bring diners a few fleeting moments of unadulterated bliss.

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Must-Try: the perfectly balanced (and totally on-trend) cauliflower salad at Yours Truly

(Image: Renée Suen)

(Image: Renée Suen)

According to food prognosticators, lowly cauliflower is going to be the hot vegetable of 2014. At Yours Truly, head chef Lachlan Culjak turns the cruciferous veg into culinary art by transforming it into three totally different forms: a wobbly brick of mousse seasoned with earthy kombu dashi; sweet caramelized florets; and crispy chips that peek like bare trees out of an edible landscape of briny black-olive “soil,” tangy pickled pearl onion petals and sprigs of lemony baby purslane. It’s a delicate explosion of contrasting textures, temperatures and flavours that perfectly showcases the versatility—and deliciousness—of the unassuming winter staple. Available on both of the restaurant’s 5-course ($55) and 20-course ($95) tasting menus.

Yours Truly, 229 Ossington Ave., 416-533-2243, yours-truly.ca, @YoursTruly229

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Yours Truly, Lee and Bannock

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Yours Truly, Lee, and Bannock. 

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Mother’s Day Guide: 10 ways to treat your mom to a memorable day out

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Your mom loves you, so she’ll no doubt coo over a standard Mother’s Day bouquet. However, you can really show the depth of your filial devotion by giving a gift that involves spending time together. Below, ten decadent experiences around the city that will make her feel pampered—and will make you look good.

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Recipe: Sriracha-tinged devilled eggs from former Yours Truly chef Jeff Claudio

Toronto Life Cookbook 2012 Recipe: Devilled Eggs
Toronto Life Recipes | Appetizers
DEVILLED EGGS
By Jeff Claudio
Yours Truly

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Trend We Love/Hate: ever-longer tasting menus

Trend We Love/Hate: Tasting Menus

Engaged in a never-ending game of friendly one-upmanship, the city’s chefs started launching ever-more elaborate tasting menus this year. Don’t get us wrong: we love the creativity on display. But when a tasting menu lasts four hours and costs $200, dinner feels like a hostage situation that ends when we pay our own ransom. Below, Toronto’s longer tasting menus, ordered by the number of courses.

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Slurp Noodlefest moves to 99 Sudbury for its second—and final—edition

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After a sold-out run at The Great Hall in March, Slurp Noodlefest is returning for a sequel on April 2o at 99 Sudbury. This time, ramen powerhouses Momofuku and Kinton will be serving their novel noodle dishes alongside the likes of Nota Bene, Yours Truly and, oddly, Pizzeria Libretto. Double Trouble Brewery and Chateau Des Charmes are joining Slurp vets Tromba Tequila and Dillon’s Distillery to provide libations. Once again, dishes will run $5–$10, and there’s a $10 entry fee. Ramen fanatics should move fast—the first Slurp sold out, and organizer Suresh Doss has pledged that after this, he’ll be “putting this ramen thing to rest.” Find out more »

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Five top restaurants for full-on, blow-your-budget indulgence and awe

Eating and Drinking 2013: Celebration Spots

Buca’s glam warehouse space, just off King West (Image: Emma McIntyre)


Toronto Celebration Spots: Buca

1. Buca

The moody King West restaurant hums with gorgeous people devouring equally gorgeous food—like pig’s-blood fig tarts and delicate ricotta-filled zucchini flowers—prepared by chef Rob Gentile. The $75 pizza with white truffles is reason alone to celebrate. 604 King St. W., 416-865-1600.

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Jeff Claudio is leaving Yours Truly at the end of March

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Yours Truly’s 29-year-old head chef, who came to Toronto by way of some of the world’s most celebrated kitchens, is exiting the Ossington strip restaurant and the city. Replacing Claudio is Lachlan Culjak, who has worked in the kitchens of Toronto institutions Splendido, Nota Bene and Scarpetta and trained at Noma, a world-renowned Danish restaurant that receives close to 100,000 reservation requests a month. The new chef says he’ll continue Claudio’s lauded 20-course tasting menus, which propelled Yours Truly to the top of our list of the city’s best new restaurants last year. Claudio plans to travel around the United States indefinitely before moving to London, England, where he hopes to start his own restaurant.

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The Dish Power Rankings: Top Chefs and Bieber power

Toronto Life’s weekly assessment of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag.

On Monday, the contestants for season three of Top Chef Canada were announced, catapulting their respective restaurants onto this week’s power rankings. Meanwhile, the mighty power of the Biebs bumps up the hype for an Annex diner, and the depth of Toronto’s appetite for brunch tacos is revealed.

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The Dish Power Rankings: buzzing diners and taco insurgents

Toronto Life’s weekly assessment of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag.

The Hoof Raw Bar steals the top spot this week, now that Jen Agg has revived the mega-popular Hoof Café brunch (see last week’s rankings). Over in Parkdale, a new southern Italian restaurant is gaining ground and in The Junction, there’s a new contender for Toronto’s top taco.

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Glas is launching a vegetarian tasting menu

Local beets with black olives, pea shoots and horseradish foam (Image: Courtesy Glas)

Leslieville’s Glas Wine Bar is getting in on the tasting menu trend that’s been sweeping Toronto restaurants. Yours Truly led the charge with their Carte Blanche menu last year, followed by Keriwa (which later reversed course), Actinolite, Buca, Farmhouse Tavern and Chantecler, whose menu launches this weekend (stay tuned for more on that).

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