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.
Yes, we’re looking at you, Drake One Fifty ($9), Electric Mud BBQ ($3.75) and Hudson Kitchen ($4).
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.
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.
It’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. Read the rest of this entry »
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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.
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 »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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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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