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Don Appetit! Khazana’s Indian Delicacies

February 2, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Sanjeev Kapoor is perhaps the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. Chef extraordinaire, TV show host, author of best-selling cookbooks, restaurant consultant, creator of food products and culinary award winner, Kapoor sums up his culinary philosophy in four words: “Eat

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Don Appetit! Paralia’s Sophisticated Greek Plates

January 26, 2016 by Lori Smith
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In my last review of Paralia, my new fave Toronto Greek restaurant, located on the city’s east-end waterfront, I focused on the splendid Mezzelicious menu (available Thursday to Saturday and bargain-priced $8 to $10). This time, I’m focusing on non-mezzelicious

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Don Appetit! Nirvana's Consistent Excellence

January 20, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

I returned once again to Nirvana restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., for its consistently excellent northern Indian fare. Just when I thought I couldn’t find a cauliflower dish I like as much as Nirvana’s aloo gobhi (sauced in an subtly spiced

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Don Appetit! Mildred's Refined Comfort Food

December 30, 2015 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen confidently goes about its business in Toronto’s Liberty Village, where it has become a fixture for its weekend brunches (the blueberry pancakes are justifiably legendary). The airy, high-ceilinged room, which fills early on a late autumn evening,

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Don Appetit! Paradiso’s Pleasing Mediterranean Plates

December 29, 2015 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For more than two decades, Paradiso has been dishing up Mediterranean-inspired fare to the denizens of Oakville, Ont., the prosperous bedroom community about 45 minutes west of Toronto. (A second, newer location operates in nearby Burlington.) Augmenting the back dining

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Don Appetit! Cactus Club Cafe Takes Toronto by Storm

December 29, 2015 by Lori Smith
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In late October, Vancouver-based Cactus Club Cafe opened in Toronto’s First Canadian Place, and instantly became the go-to power lunch spot among the downtown business crowd. The chain’s 28th restaurant and its first in Eastern Canada, the multilevel Toronto location sprawls

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Don Appetit! Paralia’s Marvelous Mezzelicious Greek Tapas

December 1, 2015 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Paralia is my favourite Greek restaurant in Toronto. I’ve always enjoyed the restaurant’s upscale food, but earlier this year, Paralia hired a new chef, Oscar Kerem Akbalik, who has taken the kitchen to a whole new level. Oscar anchors his

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Don Appetit! Café Boulud’s Successful Second Act

November 25, 2015 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

After launching in late 2012 to middling reviews, Café Boulud, in the Four Seasons, Toronto, has brilliantly reinvented itself. A $2 million renovation, overseen by star restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki, has turned the second-floor space into a softly lit, modern

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Don Appetit! 17 Steakhouse brings Las Vegas to Mississauga

November 9, 2015 by Don Douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Launched Aug. 31 in Mississauga, Ont., 17 Steakhouse is owned by brothers Victor and Colin McCullough, veterans of the food business who’ve logged 25 years of restaurant experience between them. The brothers McCullough modeled their restaurant on a Las Vegas-style steakhouse,

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Don Appetit! Sheraton Centre Toronto’s perfect pairings

October 1, 2015 by Lori Smith
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Recently, I dropped by Sheraton Centre Toronto’s BnB lobby restaurant to check out its Paired menu. Introduced earlier this year by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and available at the brand’s lobby bars worldwide, Paired offers artisanal small plates and eclectic

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Don Appetit! Luci’s Italian-Accented Delights

September 16, 2015 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Four years ago, Luci opened on The Queensway, in west-end Toronto, dishing up an Italian-focused menu. A bar bisects the white-tablecloth room decked out with banquettes underneath walls sporting a palette of understated, contemporary grey accented by artfully aligned mirrors.

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Don Appetit! Grappa’s Full-Flavoured Italian Charms

September 16, 2015 by Christine Otsuka
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Three years ago, Grappa Italian restaurant left College Street (where it had operatedfor 22 years) and reopened in Toronto’s west end, on The Queensway, near Royal York Road. I’m happy to report that the kitchen’s full-flavoured Italian plates are as