> >

Dolly's Mojito Bar and Panciteria
1285 Bloor St. W.,
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N7
43.658299 -79.442495
Operated by Dave Sidhu, the impresario behind the hit-and-miss Playa Cabana restaurants, Dolly’s Mojito Bar and Panciteria is named after Sidhu’s mom (and worthy of her name), and pancit—a Filipino style of egg noddle—is the eponymous dish. As he often does, Sidhu chose a not-obvious neighbourhood, a forlorn stretch of Bloordale that’s being tentatively infiltrated by galleries and record shops. Bartenders hand-crank sugar cane through a mill, the juice used to sweeten coconut- and calamansi-jolted mojitos. The best dish is pancit ginataan, its noodles steamed in banana leaf then, at the table, carefully lowered into a hot pot of coconut broth laced with turmeric and tamarind—a slightly healthier version of the northern Thai khao soi. There’s also a very tasty tamarind-dressed slaw of ube and green papaya, as well as a deliciously greasy fried rice with slices of chorizo-like longa­nisa and a terrific version of lumpia Shanghai served with banana ketchup. The salty spiciness of the slow-cooked adobo-marinated deep-fried chicken justifies another pitcher of mojitos.
Dolly's Mojito Bar and Panciteria


Neighbourhood: Wallace-Emerson

Wheelchair accessible: No

Vegetarian options: Yes

Licensed: Yes

Bring your own bottle: No

Kitchen open late: Yes

Outdoor dining: No

Private/bookable room: No

Delivery: Yes

Take out: Yes

Takes reservations: Yes

Caters: No

Free Wi-Fi: No

Good for: Kids, Groups, Business

Serves: Dinner, Late Night Eats

Payment methods: Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Interac, Cash

Days Closed: Monday, Sunday