How fashion designer Arthur Mendonça would spend a perfect Saturday on the Danforth

How fashion designer Arthur Mendonça would spend a perfect Saturday on the Danforth

My Perfect Saturday: Arthur Mendonca (Illustration by Adam Cruft)
 

“When you live off the Danforth, you get all the family-friendly charms of suburbia, but without the commute. It’s a fine place to chill out. First thing in the morning, I’ll go to Masellis Supermarket (906 Danforth Ave., 416-465-7901) to pick up fresh fruit, cheeses and bread for breakfast. I like that it’s a little independent Italian grocery store and not part of a big chain. Then I’ll laze around with my partner, David, reading the paper—usually a two-hour thing. After a workout, we might go to Mezes (456 Danforth Ave., 416-778-5150), our favourite Greek restaurant on the strip, for dolmades, dips and lamb chops. Believe it or not, we discovered Thai food at Taste of the Danforth, and we like to get pad Thai from Mong-Kut Thai (471 Danforth Ave., 416-463-2667). Then I’ll drop by and say hello to the staff at the womenswear shop Maxi Boutique (575 Danforth Ave., 416-461-6686). They carry a range of Canadian designers, including my collection. Next, I’ll probably garden for six hours while David suntans. For dinner, Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse Rodizio (95 Danforth Ave., 416-465-0969) is a favourite for churrascaria. It’s like a buffet, but the meat comes to you. The waiters carry long, elaborate skewers of chicken, beef, pork or lamb, and then slice it right on your plate. You eat until you’re about to burst.”