Essen closed

Dundas West loses another restaurant as Essen shutters

It's "ess! ess!" (that's eat, eat in Yiddish) no more for the one-year-old Dundas West restaurant Essen, which served its last meal on August 26, reports Toronto Life.

Chef and owner Leor Zimmerman opened Essen in the space formerly occupied by his Portuguese restaurant Quinta. Essen focused on Jewish-style foods and drinks with menu items including tzimmes, matzo ball ramen soup and Manischewitz cocktails.

Earlier this month, the nearby Atlantic closed its doors. Perhaps the Dundas West restaurant scene is suffering from some growing pains?

According to Essen's Facebook page, the restaurant went on hiatus for summer holidays from August 12-25. On Twitter, however, it announced its would be shuttering for good following a closing night party on the 26th.

Will you miss Essen's contemporary take on Jewish classics? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by Jesse Milns


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