A new Asian fusion restaurant, Té opened in Ossington, a neighbourhood I rarely venture in, but so many good (and sometimes hidden) restaurants are found there. Came here for dinner when G heard their Taiwanese fried chicken is really good.
However, there is more to Té than just TFC. Té is tea in Spanish, which the lovely co-owner, Tina explained their cocktails are focused around tea. Drinking tea is one thing, but boozy tea? Yes, please! Food offerings are served tapas-style and made in-house.
Jasmine infused Gin and Tonic. Strong. Their cocktails are quite strong. He ordered the Mar-té-ni and Green Té Mojito (not pictured).
Toasted Kimchi Ravioli ($10) – panko crusted ravioli with kimchi-spiked ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan blend, and honeyed wasabi pesto sauce.
Squid Chŏn ($8) – savoury Korean-style pancake (pajeon) with squid and chives, served with a soy sauce vinegar dip. Dark-spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken ($9 for two pieces, $16 for four pieces) – marinated in traditional Taiwanese spices, battered and fried. Finished with pepper-salt seasoning.
Pizza Tteok-Bok-Ki ($10) – Korean rice cake sauteed in garlic, onion and bell peppers, smothered in sweet chili tomato sauce and baked with mozzarella. The sauce is more on the sweet end, and while it’s also a bit spicy, I wished there was some gochujang, that fermented chili paste so famous in Korean cuisine.
Unadulterated Ssäm ($14 for meat choice, $11 for tofu) – red lettuce leaf wrap with sweet pickles winter radish, garlic and sweet red chili paste. We got the grilled pork belly. You can choose from bulgogi (marinated beef sirloin), sweet and spicy pork belly or pan-fried tofu.
Dark-spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken ($9 for two pieces, $16 for four pieces) – marinated in traditional Taiwanese spices, battered and fried. Finished with pepper-salt seasoning. It was juicy and with a bit of kick. Tina said that cinnamon is one of the spices used in the marinade. The rest, we deduced it as mystery that best left to wonder. It was really good, better than the Taiwanese fried chicken we had another restaurant prior to visiting Té.
I would definitely come back for the TFC and their tea-infused cocktail drinks alone. Plus, they also do brunch!
Edit: Been back to have their Taiwanese fried chicken again. So good. Plus, tried the Beer Blossom (gin, white ale and darjeeling & hibiscus tea blend).
Edit: February 10, 2017: The Bibimbap ($13) I had on New Years when Té was one of the very very few places that opened that day. It has sweet potato stems, daikon, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, carrots, zucchini, soybean sprouts, sweet-soy marinated beef, purple rice and egg.
70 Ossington Ave.