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Don Appetit! Luckee's Upscale Chinese Plates

June 27, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been some time since I’d experienced the upscale Chinese plates at Susur Lee’s Luckee restaurant, in Toronto’s SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, so I headed back to see what the kitchen was up to. My most recent visit showed that

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Don Appetit! Tu Casa’s Deliciously Welcoming House

June 20, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Tu Casa quietly goes about its business in Mississauga’s Lorne Park neighbourhood, just west of Toronto. The room possesses oodles of traditional, white-tablecloth charm, highlighted by track lighting, chandeliers and tasteful art. Tu Casa means “your house,” and indeed, the

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Don Appetit! Carbon Bar's Smokin' Barbecue

June 13, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been several years since I’d visited Carbon Bar, the lively barbecue restaurant in downtown Toronto. After visiting recently, I can report that the food has become more focused and anchored by more assured technique. Do not miss the fries made

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Don Appetit! Nota Bene's Successful Relaunch

May 24, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

A few months back, Toronto’s highly regarded Nota Bene restaurant unveiled a new look and a tweaked menu. The reimagined split-level space has jettisoned the modern-art paintings in favour of a simpler look, highlighted by a tree sculpture and backlit

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Don Appetit! Peter Pan Soars

May 3, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In early 2015, Peter Pan Bistro, on Toronto’s Queen Street West, reopened with chef Noah Goldberg at the helm. The restaurant has a storied pedigree, having opened in the 1930s as Peter Pan Lunch, and in 2014, Goldberg bought the

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Don Appetit! Kanpai — Taipei Meets Toronto

April 25, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About a year ago, hospitality industry veteran Trevor Lui along with some partners launched Kanpai, in Toronto’s leafy Cabbagetown neighbourhood, dishing up Taiwanese-style snacks. Early on a Thursday night, the joint is jumping, with a boisterous birthday celebration taking up

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Don Appetit! Entice Lounge's Seasonal, Global Plates

April 11, 2016 by Lori Smith
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Earlier this year, Entice Lounge threw open its doors on downtown Toronto’s Queen Street West, near Ossington Avenue. It’s an understated yet tastefully designed bistro space — black and grey palette, plenty of hard surfaces, clustered globe light fixtures, Edison

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Don Appetit! Pure Spirits Kicks Up Its Game

March 30, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The eating in Toronto’s Distillery District restaurants continues to get better and better. Case in point: Pure Spirits Oyster House, tucked away on Tank House Lane’s restaurant row. In the year-plus since I’ve visited Pure Spirits, the cooking, under chef

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Don Appetit! Unearthing new Indian gems at Nirvana

March 29, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

No matter how many times I visit Nirvana Indian restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., the menu continues to surprise me and offer up new and exotic culinary gems. On my most recent visit, those gems took the form of Hakka-style chili

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Don Appetit! East Thirty-Six - Small Plates' Huge Rewards

March 23, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

East Thirty-Six is a terrific addition to downtown Toronto’s dining scene. Located in the space formerly housing an oyster bar and, before that, Lucien, East Thirty-Six has operated for three years, but feels like it’s been around forever thanks to

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Don Appetit! Miku’s Sensational Sushi

March 16, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last October, Vancouver’s Miku Japanese restaurant set up shop in the RBC building at the corner of Queens Quay and Bay Street, in Toronto’s SouthCore neighbourhood. It’s a sprawling, high-ceilinged room, all hard surfaces sporting a palette of greys and

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Don Appetit! Eat. Live. Thrive.

March 11, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Open for about two years, Thrive Organic Kitchen is a terrific addition to west-end Toronto’s dining scene. For five years, Pat Zisis ran Kalamata Greek restaurant, on Lakeshore Boulevard West, near Mimico, then decided to change course, renovated the space