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Deep Dish: The Latest Restaurant News

As reported on, the launch of Scarpetta restaurant, in the Thompson Toronto hotel, has been delayed.

June 8, 2010

Bar Boulud's London, in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

Bar Boulud London, in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

As reported on, the launch of Scarpetta restaurant, in the Thompson Toronto hotel, has been delayed. Originally set for a May launch, the rustic Italian resto, from New York celebrity chef Scott Conant, will likely open in early July.

Toronto chef J.P. Challet plans to open Ici bistro, on Harbord Street, west of Bathurst. The menu remains to be seen, but French bistro is a good bet. That stretch of Harbord is getting ever more interesting, with Splendido, 93 Harbord, Tati and others. Let’s see if J.P. can bring his Midas touch to that competitive restaurant row…

Nathan Isberg (ex-Czehoski and Coca) has opened the Atlantic, an restaurant in west-end Toronto with an idiosyncratic menu. How idiosyncratic? Try salmon head and roasted crickets with chile peppers? More trad dishes, such as blackened catfish, pastas and frog’s legs, also show up.

Co-owner Sang Kim and chef Shin Aoyama apparently had a falling-out with the owner of newly opened Koko Share Bar, in Toronto’s Yorkville, and have departed. Let’s see how, or if, the fledgling restaurant recovers…

New York superchef Daniel Boulud has opened Bar Boulud London. in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Sister restaurant to the popular, same-named New York wine bar, Bar Boulud London offers a seasonal bistro menu, including house-made terrines and pates, signature sausages and burgers.

David Chang’s just-opened Vietnamese/French eatery, Ma Peche, in midtown Manhattan, N.Y., has introduced a large-format meal, Beef Seven Ways, for $85 per person. Divided into four courses, the meal includes such meaty treats as a beef tongue salad and seared Wagyu; roasted ribeye and lemongrass and Thai basil sausage (with lettuce wraps and accompaniments) and braised shank and oxtail. The lineup starts here…

In July, David Thompson opens nahm, Bangkok, his first restaurant in the Thai capital, where he will be working alongside his partner of 20 years, Thai-born Tanongsak Yordwai. Thompson aims “to deliver proper, decent Thai food done really well,” in a casual setting. Thompson also operates Europe’s first Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, nahm, in The Halkin Hotel London.

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