Bar Buca Eglinton
Bar Buca Eglinton is the second outpost of King Street Food Company's chic Italian snack bar.
Like the original Bar Buca on Portland, this elegant space features the same industrial, high-ceilinged look as its predecessor, with a similar menu of rich, olive oil-drenched dishes to share.
This location is the larger of the two, and at 2,500 sq. ft, can accommodate 60 people during what's sure to be a bustling brunch on weekends.On weekdays, there's two seasonal menus available throughout the day. Breakfast lasts from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., including a menu of baked goods brought in from their commissary on Portland.
There's also some interesting finds like the latte di bufala ($6.95), which subs the usual cafe cow's dairy for Ontario buffalo's milk.
By noon, the main menu is in full effect, and a grab-and-go service lets you take out orders of pizza pugliese between 11:30 to 3 p.m.
There's more than a handful of dishes here you won't find at Portland, like the arancia rossa, or blood orange salad ($12). This a plate of oranges, agrodolce olives and tropea onion comes doused in olive oil.
The burrata al tartufo ($29) is a beautiful, hulking bulb of fresh cheese that comes with grated truffle from Italy and is drizzled with more oil.
The salmon ($24) is a perfectly flaky filet covered in pistachio pesto.
The bistecca alla pizzaiola ($24) is a take on traditional tomato-sauced comfort food coming out of nonna's kitchen, but with beef short ribs covered in tomato passata with oregano. Come on a weekend between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the brunch menu is leaner but as rich as ever. The pugliese-style lardo di colonnata pizza ($14) is not for the faint of stomachs, but Italian brunch is not the place to shy away from carbs and fat.
This personal-sized pie has a fluffy crust made with potatoes, and comes basically dripping with pistachio oil, wildflower honey from Rosewood Estates and lard from Italy, which is placed on the pizza straight out of the oven.
Espressos are essentially mandatory after an olive oil overload. Or you could give yourself a jolt with one of the carefully curated cocktails, which vary depending on the time of the day.
The Barbabuca ($15) is the signature cocktail, with cylinder beet-infused vodka, apricot purée, Carpano vermouth and a finish of olive oil.
The Carota ($15) is a pretty beverage with spiced carrot, lemon, and Amaro Montengro.
Open daily until as late as 2 a.m., Bar Buca's presence by Yonge and Eglinton give residents of this up-and-coming area a place to enjoy Italian eats from morning until night.