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Don Appetit! Matisse’s sleek reinvention

March 22, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About a year ago, Matisse restaurant, in the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, unveiled a renovation that has transformed it and the adjacent lobby bar into a snazzy, modern space. The airy room is contemporary, warm and inviting all at once,

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Don Appetit! Super seafood at lbs

March 15, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About seven months ago, lbs restaurant opened in Toronto’s financial district serving a menu primarily focused on seafood. Decked out in hard surfaces (rough concrete, plenty of tile), a palette of neutral earth tones and a high ceiling, lbs (pronounced

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Don Appetit! Anchor Bar Spreads its Wings

March 8, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Buffalo, New York’s Anchor Bar lays claim to having invented the Buffalo-style chicken wing, way back in 1964. Since then, the famed wing emporium has opened three Canadian locations: in Hamilton and Burlington, Ont., and, last autumn, in Toronto. Located

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Don Appetit! Luckee’s Luxe Lunch

February 27, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last September, Susur Lee’s Luckee restaurant, in the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, in downtown Toronto, introduced weekday lunchtime dim sum. Not surprisingly, given Susur’s stellar culinary record, creative touches abound, backed up by rock-solid technique. For example, crispy/soft chicken potstickers, packed with

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Don Appetit! Nirvana’s Evolving Menu

February 22, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Under the watchful and experienced eye of general manager Karan Bajwa, Nirvana restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., continues to refine its a la carte menu, adding items from its catering menu — to delicious effect. A recent visit, for example, unearthed

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Don Appetit! STK Toronto's Modern Steakhouse Vibe

February 14, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

This isn’t your father’s steakhouse. It’s STK Toronto, the first Canadian location of the upscale U.S. chain, and it opened last September, occupying an 8,800-square-foot space in the former Four Seasons Hotel, in the tony Yorkville area. Gone are the

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Don Appetit! Barnsteiner’s Refined, Home-Style Plates

January 25, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

After successfully running the beloved Corner House restaurant, in mid-town Toronto, for 15 years, husband and wife team Herbert and Michelle Barnsteiner, in 2014, took a well-deserved break and moved on to their next venture. That would be Barnsteiner’s, a

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Don Appetit! Cluny Bistro’s Inventive French Flair

January 23, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie, in Toronto’s Distillery District, keeps on getting better and better, as the kitchen (under chef de cuisine Travis Cropley) grows ever more assured and focused, and the food ever more inventive. Exhibit A: Mushroom soup garnished with

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Don Appetit! Lavelle’s Breakfast of Champions

January 1, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Soon after it opened last year, on downtown Toronto’s King Street West, Lavelle became the It Spot, and its rooftop restaurant and swimming pool/deck were jammed day and night with a trendy and beautiful crowd. During the film festival, the

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Don Appetit! Azure’s Assured Plates

December 15, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

I hadn’t dined at Azure, the soaring restaurant located off the InterContinental Toronto Centre’s lobby, in some years, so I dropped by, to see what the kitchen is up to. As this visit demonstrated, the kitchen has never been better.

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Don Appetit! Ki's Modern Japanese Flair

November 21, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ki Modern Japanese restaurant opened 11 years ago in Toronto’s downtown banking core and remains as charming as ever. The sprawling, high-ceilinged space, outfitted in contemporary minimalism — slate tile floors, cherrywood accents, soft lighting, bare-wood tables, padded booths —

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Don Appetit! Cherry Street’s Texas-Style Barbecue

November 8, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Cherry Street Bar-B-Que, in Toronto’s Port Lands area, channels a Southern U.S.-style barbecue joint in all the best ways: Hardwood floors. Exposed brick walls. Busy open kitchen. Early on a Sunday, the restaurant is packed and buzzes with energy. Also