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Lolita’s Full-Bodied Mediterranean Flavours

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For two decades, Lolita’s Lust has been dishing up spirited Mediterranean fare on Toronto’s bustling, Greek-flavoured Danforth Avenue. The long and narrow front dining room — white-tablecloth booths, porcelain chandeliers and hardwood floors — is an intimate place to dine,

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Don Appetit! Toula — Stunning Views, Delicious Food

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Perched on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel, on Toronto’s waterfront, white-tablecloth restaurant Toula boasts breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and islands. But Toula is no one-trick pony, since it delivers plates that are as delicious

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Don Appetit! Archeo’s Upscale Comfort Food

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Archeo, in Toronto’s Distillery District, exudes the feel of an urban loft — high yellow-pine ceilings, concrete floors, exposed brick walls, Edison lightbulbs. Further enhancing its contemporary-style-meets-historic-tradition look are dining tables and bar fashioned from reclaimed timber, and artist Steven

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Don Appetit! Nirvana’s Sumptuous Indian Dishes

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Headed back to Nirvana Indian restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto, to explore the menu further and see what other gastronomic treasures we could unearth. Each time I go, I have to order the menu’s two standout cauliflower dishes:

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Don Appetit! The Keg Sherway's Luscious Lobster Summer

July 17, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The Keg restaurants, which, twice a week, is flying in the clawed, upscale shellfish from Nova Scotia. Featuring all manner of tempting dishes — tacos; lobster sirloin; bacon-wrapped lobster; and lobster tail dinner among them — Lobster Summer runs until

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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