There’s one fine dining restaurant in Toronto that’s had to adapt to takeout and patio service after over 40 years of hushed, semi-hidden service to movie stars, politicians, business tycoons and other famous clientele.
Scaramouche was founded in 1980 by Morden Yolles, whose family owned the building where it’s now located in a residential area near Avenue Road and St. Clair.
In idler times, I used to keep a running list of new Portland restaurants I hoped might open one day. An Indonesian option or two. More and more interesting dim sum. A casual alternative from the excellent, expensive, exclusive Japanese chef’s counter Nodoguro. I longed to see what “Top Chef” finalist Gregory Gourdet might come up with on his own, free from the corporate vibe at downtown’s Departure. And I wondered whether Han Oak might one day take over the Clyde Common space. (Before moving to Portland, chef Peter Cho’s biggest claim to fame was running the kitchen at another