What’s on the menu at Uncle Mikey’s, a new Asian snack bar with a French twist
Name: Uncle Mikey’s
Contact: 1597 Dundas St. W., 416-537-8973, @unclemikeysinc
Neighbourhood: Little Portugal
Previously: The Atlantic
Owner and chef: Michael Kim (Brockton General, Le Sélect Bistro)
Asian sharing plates and rice or noodle bowls, prepared using French techniques: Parisian gnocchi with a sauce made from soybean paste and oxtail; a deboned pork chop with a cognac katsu sauce; and tripe simmered in Japanese curry sauce and tomatoes, finished with white wine and parm. The seasonal and local-when-possible menu changes based on what Kim gets daily from purveyors including Sanagan’s and Cheese Boutique.
Beer (draft, bottled and canned), soju, plum wine, rice wine cocktails and a list of interesting wines available by the glass. Sake fans will find rare and limited vintages like the Phoenix Junmai Daiginjo, as well as more accessible options.
The narrow space seats 25 between the front dining area and the back bar. Everything in it, including the tables, bar, shelving and open-panelled ceiling, was built by Kim and his father.