A pleasantly kitsch Russian dive bar on Dundas West
Ossington Stop in Toronto is an unpretentious bar just west of Ossington Ave. on Dundas. Chef and bartender Denis Ganshonkov is the one-man-show serving up a mix of homey food, cheap drinks, and ‘Russian-ness’ that result in a memorable visit every time. When I first moved to the area, Ossington Stop was one of the first places to feel like a ‘local.’
After you take in the hilarious art comprised of Vladimir Putin as a super hero, cats smoking, and other Soviet memorabilia, you’ll find a dark, cozy little bar to grab a mug of beer or some vodka.
The menu is inspired by Chef Denis’ homeland of Almaty and the foods in the ex-soviet region at large. Hearty fare such as Borscht, cured salmon with dark rye and pickled onions, or the must-eat Georgian dumplings- Khinkali.
We love Ossington Stop for the great value, true sense of hospitality, and the pride with which the dishes are made and served.
Open Tuesday-Sunday starting at 6pm. 1164 Dundas St. West.