Part of an occasional series of information updates about the local dining scene.
Indonesian flavour. Hana Teresha and Chef Bobby Saputra are behind this creative project working in the communal kitchen. Locals can arrange a pick-up or take advantage of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton (GTHA) delivery. While they were based in Hamilton, they received wider attention and were included in the exciting Toronto project. An outdoor food market in Brooklyn called Smorgasburg partnered with Waterfront Toronto this summer, showcasing a culinary variety. In the meantime, you can order the Indonesian flavor from their website. Weekly newsletter details special offers. You can also find them at the Hamilton Harbourfront Night Market from July 29 to August 1 (operating under the name Holy Sea). Popular dishes are Beef Rendang, Sambal Goreng Udang and Rijsttafel Box which is filled with many authentic Indonesian dishes.
Masala Grill South Asian Bistro It describes itself as “a multi-cuisine bistro serving South Asian food including North Indian, Pakistani, tandoori delicacies, curries and more.” This is a great one-stop dining experience.
Chatspot eat Indian street. Street dishes and snacks such as samosas, spring rolls, pakora, momo dumplings and desserts are all on offer. Try Frankie’s Rolls, a hawker’s favorite consisting of “two rolls open on Frankie’s fried bread with gravy, a choice of protein and a side.”
Ablada. This new Greek restaurant serves delicious classic Greek cuisine, incorporating elements from other cuisines – mostly French and Italian. Expect twists and additions like New Orleans-style beignets, or peinirli (Turkish pizza boats). Next to Aristo’s Greek bakery, a Greek experience awaits.
Warmer weather means more frozen foods.
Rudy Balletas. I first heard about palitas—frozen vegan ice lollipops from Mexico and Latin/South America—in a 2015 New York Times article about their appearance in Brooklyn—at the time it was the birthplace of many artisanal dining ideas. Little did I know Clare Pearson has been making it locally since 2013 – and her expertise and creativity never stop. With the weather warming, their local suppliers are now stocked and you can get Rudy’s Paletas in flavors including Cherry Berry, Mango Creamsicle, Watermelon Lemon, Chocolate — and more. You can find it in the markets of Domestique, Dundurn, Ottawa, Strathcona, Picone Fine Foods, True Shot Coffee grown in Hamilton, Donut Monster, and Crumbled. The last three also carry vegan Rudy’s ice cream. To meet Pearson, check out Dundas Farmers Market, Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 16 through July 21. Is there Rudy? Yes – Pearson’s Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.
Pinocchi ice cream. Arabic ice cream made with pistachios is beautifully presented on site and is available with crepes, pancakes, fruit salad and oriental desserts such as baklava.
ice cubes. This team was perfect they Thai-style rolled ice cream for about a year. Pour the liquid ice cream base onto a cold surface and turn until it forms into rolls that are slightly creamier than scooped ice cream. Fun presentation, toppings and good flavors are Instagram worthy.
Opening / Evolution
Detour Café. A few months ago, we shared the news that Salty Espresso was closing in on John Street South with the promise that something exciting would come. The news is that Detour Café—the must-stop coffee spot in Dundas—opens up into space and promises an espresso bar in the friendly neighborhood. Now open daily from 8 am to 5 pm
duck donut. This franchise originating in Duck, North Carolina makes warm, made-to-order cupcakes. While Canada celebrates National Donut Day on June 7, this American franchise celebrates Donut Day on June 3.
Pür & Simple. This popular breakfast/brunch place (also with a Burlington location) has just opened in Ancaster.
Events and outings
Dover mule. There’s a new good reason to take a summer road trip. 6 to Port Dover if you love tequila and tacos – and who doesn’t love the gluten-free tacos created by The Mule. One of The Other Bird restaurant group’s best projects invites you to head straight to the beach.
A feast on the farm. Run by the Culinary Tourism Alliance, it brings together chefs, producers and food lovers with the goal of supporting recovery in the hospitality sector. Their event takes place on June 26 at the must-visit West Avenue Cider House in Freelton. The featured chefs are Fraser MacFarlane of Quatrefoil and Dan Burcher of Radius.
Hamilton cook sausage. David Rochon of Canokie Dave Hot Sauces, in association with Liaison College, is hosting a “Top Dog” sausage-cooking fundraiser for the shock/addiction program. July 2 noon to 4pm behind Philpott Church.
Crown Point Corpside Grill Closed at the end of May after 7 years of supportive community service.
Domiziano Cafe and Pizza He wished a sweet farewell to diners at the end of May. Acquired by City South Pizza.
Apllada Greek fusion
635 King St. E, Hamilton
Indian Street Chat Spot Eat
1356 Service Road Q, Unit No. 4, Stoney Creek
175 John St. S Hamilton
129 Lock St S, Hamilton
5010 Pinedale Ave. , Unit 1001A, Burlington
Feast on the farm (For details and visit tickets)
West Avenue Cedar
811 King St. E, Hamilton
794 Excellence Street, Hamilton
Binucci Ice Cream
1786 Stone Church Rd. E. Unit 3, Hamilton
Pür & Simple
737 Golf Links Road, Ancaster
Pür & Simple
1940 Appleby Lane, Unit 22, Burlington
7 Queens Quay East, Toronto
2012 Park Street, Port Dover