But Mahjong might just have more of the hidden-bar secret sauce – that zero-to-100, through-the-looking-glass wow factor – than any of its predecessors.Begin in a tiny front room, painted ballet-pink (because it’s 2017).The idea for a secret entrance came from Le Blanc and Blake’s travels.“There was one bar [in Paris] that we walked past on the street like three times with our phones out, walking halfway into people’s houses a couple of times, trying to find the right entrance – and then once you actually do it, it’s really rewarding,” she says.MAHJONG BAR (1276 Dundas West, at Dovercourt, 647-291-6097, facebook.com/mahjongbar) is by no means Toronto’s first secret bar.Others, most notably Kensington backroom Cold Tea and Mahjong’s neon-lit neighbour Unlovable, have gone from cult hangout to requisite box ticked in every local bar guide (in short, not a secret at all).Gone is the days that people go to clubs or bars to find short term dates, online dating is the solution to meet your life mate. Many Filipino American personals have to use online dating sites to find their second half. Many Filipino-born ladies don't understand about life in America.
But by the group’s own admission, they weren’t quite prepared for the vicissitudes of running a kitchen, so they roped in two more pals – Tricia and Lauren Soo of Ossington Malaysian snack spot Soos – to design the food program.
I haven't lived here long but I've seen a ton of Portuguese owned businesses shut down in the past couple years.
It's really reaching a tipping point but for some reason the displacement that's occurring on Dundas doesn't get talked about like it does with other neighbourhoods in Toronto.
its not mentioned here like it didn't exist, though its faded letters remain on the sign outside. It was an important centre for the Dundas st Portuguese community, which expanded to include Brazilians, as well as African Portuguese speaking communties like people from Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique. It was Goleards that, when the Portuguese team won the Euro cup, shut down the street.
The party spilled out onto the street and shut down the streetcar and briefly the Portuguese community could compete with Italians for soccer glory and celebration in this city. It was the last major Portuguese bar partonized by younger people, along with Nossa Casa down the street.