Veteran Toronto restauranteur Geoff Hopgood’s latest venture is Roncesvalles is a tribute to the East Coast comfort food he adored in his younger years. It’s served up in industrial looking space complete with reclaimed barn board flooring, pendant lights, an oval bar and some retro photos of the eponymous grocery store chain that his parents owned. The food is consistently inventive without lapsing into kitsch. Highlights include charred octopus with jalapeno and crème fraîche and corned beef with turnips and horseradish. Jenny Smith looks after the cocktail menu which brims with creative endeavour- don’t miss her Piedmont, made with Barolo Chinato, Plymouth gin, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lemon and thyme.