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Don Appetit! Nota Bene’s Globally Inspired Sophistication

June 14, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nota Bene, on Toronto’s Queen Street West, has it all going on: comfortable, sophisticated space; creative food, under executive chef David Lee; and polished service. I was reminded of this, once again, on a recent visit, where all aspects of

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Don Appetit! The Wilcox’s Delicious Evolution

June 12, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

My first visit to The Wilcox gastropub in Mississauga, Ont., came in 2015. At the time, I was impressed with the kitchen’s contemporary spin on pub fare. A recent visit, however, showed a confident kitchen that has evolved in exciting

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Fairmont Tremblant Reinvents f&b Spaces

June 6, 2017 by Lori Smith

Fairmont Tremblant has invested $6-million in four new f&b outlets, and the refurbishment of its lobby and arrival experience, and outdoor terrace. The hotel, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will officially open the new food outlets in

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Don Appetit! El Catrin’s Family Style Feast

June 2, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

El Catrin, the buzzing Mexican eatery in Toronto’s Distillery District, continues to tweak its menu in creative and delicious ways. Exhibit A: Chilled avocado soup, velvet-textured, with herbal tang (thanks to mint oil) and subtle heat (from habanero vinaigrette) and

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Don Appetit! Locale Mercatto’s Sophisticated Italian Plates

May 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Locale is the newest location in the Mercatto casual Italian chain that now numbers five Toronto restaurants. Nestled on Bay Street, near the financial district, Locale, last June, unveiled a renovated space and a refreshed perspective on Italian food. The

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Chef Akira Back Opening First Canadian Restaurant in Bisha Hotel

May 25, 2017 by Lori Smith

Celebrity chef Akira Back will be opening his first Canadian namesake restaurant, Akira Back, in the Bisha Hotel Toronto, a luxury property scheduled to open later this year in the city’s Entertainment District. The restaurant will be a partnership with Toronto-based hospitality

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Don Appetit! Benihana’s Delicious Theatre

May 15, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 44 years, Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, in the lower level of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in Toronto, has entertained diners with its teppanyaki-style experience. Customers sit around a rectangular table outfitted with a flat-top grill. After ordering, diners sit

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Don Appetit! Rasa: Think Globally, Eat Brilliantly

May 8, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Rasa is part of the growing culinary empire operated by The Food Dudes, a Toronto-based caterer that, in recent years, has diversified into restaurants. Rasa inhabits restaurant row on charming Harbord Street, in Toronto’s leafy Annex area. The space resembles a

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Don Appetit! Signatures’ Marvelous Makeover

May 3, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last year, Signatures restaurant, in the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, unveiled its brighter, more contemporary new look. From the colour palette (clean, elegant, understated greys and off-whites), design accents (marble floors; wood tile; up-to-date light fixtures; modernized seating), the refreshed, split-level

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Don Appetit! Pure Spirits’ Global Influences

May 1, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For some time, Pure Spirits Oyster House has been a fixture in Toronto’s Distillery District. It’s a spacious, instantly welcoming space — appealingly worn hardwood floor; exposed brick walls; wood-beam ceiling — that fully capitalizes on the building’s historic bones.

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Don Appetit! Cucci Scales New Heights

April 24, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been several years since I’d visited Cucci, a modern Italian restaurant in Oakville, Ont., just west of Toronto, so I paid a return visit, to see what executive chef Gordon Goss and his kitchen brigade are up to.

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Don Appetit! All Roads Lead to Compass Grill

April 21, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In early April, I ventured up to Deerhurst Resort, in Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country, and sampled Compass Grill & Bar, located off the spacious lobby. It’s a bright, high-ceilinged room whose visual centrepiece is an enormous, illustrated Muskoka tourist map