Peek at What James Syhabout Has Planned for Box & Bells

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Poutine with blood pudding gravy. Photo: Oaklavore

Commis chef James Syhabout, who's already tried his hand at the casual thing with Hawker Fare, is opening another restaurant in Rockridge this spring (or summer) called Box & Bells (5912 College Avenue). The food, he's said, will be inspired by stuff that he and chef Benjamin Coe have cooked for staff meals, and the first preview dinner at Hawker Fare sold out in minutes. Oaklavore has some photos from Sunday's meal, including some exciting sounding dishes like scallops tikka masala; poutine with blood pudding gravy; boneless fried chicken with raw oyster mayonnaise; and corned beef with parsley sauce. If that makes you salivate, you'll want to reserve a spot at the next two pop-up previews on March 3 and March 17, for which tickets are now on sale. It's $45 per person, communal style, with four people per table, beverages and tip not included. [Oaklavore, JamesSyhabout/Twitter]