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Enjoy a Mexican Feast and Fiesta at Fonda Lola

(photos: Craig Moy)

(photos: Craig Moy)

You wouldn’t necessarily expect to see a modernist-leaning vegetarian chef helming the kitchen of a Mexican restaurant, but the unanticipated is definitely not unwelcome at Fonda Lola. Here, chef Howard Dubrovsky plates contemporary takes on Aztec recipes passed down to co-owner Andres Marquez: addictive Oaxaca cheese-stuffed quecas; zesty trout aguachile; a handheld caesar salad with avocado mousse and candied bacon. Portion sizes are smallish to encourage sampling—and, presumably, so you don’t wind up stuffed to bursting. Order lots and you’ll have ample time to take in the eclectic decor, too, with elements including corrugated sheet metal, reclaimed wood, hand-painted mosaic tiles and even a hutch that acts as a tequila library, where regular guests can store their own bottles.  —Craig Moy

• Fonda Lola, 942 Queen St. W., 647-706-9105; fondalola.ca
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