The area around Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave. has accumulated some good eating locations over the past few years. We have a couple of high-end "destination" restaurants, with Didier serving classic French cuisine and Cava specializing in tapas from the Iberian peninsula. There are also a slew of mid-range eateries that are a cut above the typical fast food chains.
The caprese salad ($14) is made with the moistest, most flavourful buffalo mozzarella that I've ever tasted. There are nine pizzas ($12.50-15) on the menu, each one named after one of the nine Bianco siblings, as is the restaurant itself, since "nove" means nine in Italian. The homemade pasta ($12.50-16.50) is cooked perfectly al dante, accompanied with a variety of cream, tomato or olive oil-based sources. My favorite is the "fettucine della nonna" which comes with grilled chicken, porcini mushrooms and spinach in a cream sauce. The "secondi" courses range from $19-24.50 for salmon, chicken, seafood, ribs and steak dishes.
More unusual options include the Animal Feed (panko crusted portabello mushroom, feta, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, lemon aioli), the Croissant du Pay San (beef patty, fried egg, pancetta, french fries in a croissant), and the Holy Duck ($27.99 for beef patty, double smoked bacon, fois gras, truffle oil, maple syrup, black truffles). The ultimate eating challenge is called "Go Chuck Yourself"– 6 patties, 6 cheeses, triple bacon and caramelized onions stacked between THREE grilled cheese sandwiches. Why anyone would want to eat this volume of food is beyond me, but there is photographic evidence of the people who have succeeded.
It's really nice to have so many good dining options just steps away from our home. Wonder what we should eat today? ...
Nove Trattoria - 1406 Yonge St.
Bushi Udon Kappi - 1404 Yonge St.
Hot Bunzz / Urban Bistro - 21 St. Clair West
Holy Chuck - 1450 Yonge St.