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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

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Don Appetit! All Roads Lead to North 44

November 7, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It seems like North 44 has been around forever in midtown Toronto’s upscale Yonge-Eglinton area, and indeed, the restaurant has operated for more than two decades, an eternity in the restaurant business. North 44 put Mark McEwan on the map

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Don Appetit! Nirvana — New Discoveries, Old Treasures

November 7, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nirvana, in Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto, consistently dishes up first-rate Northern Indian food. Each time we visit, we sample some new dishes and revisit old favourites. New discoveries on the appetizer front included chaat papri, a classic snack

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Don Appetit! White Oaks Resort’s Sophisticated Pleasures

October 19, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Over Thanksgiving weekend, we dined splendidly at upscale White Oaks Resort, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. First up was dinner at LIV, the resort’s softly lit, white-tablecloth restaurant decked out in understated greys and blacks. On the plate, executive chef Michael Price has

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Don Appetit! Maple Leaf Tavern’s Delicious New Chapter

October 16, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Maple Leaf Tavern, in Toronto’s east end, has a storied history. It opened in 1910 and has operated as a tavern since the 1930’s, and in recent decades, gained a reputation as one of the city’s roughest bars. Several years

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Don Appetit! Markland Wood’s Kitchen Scores Big

October 10, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For half a century, Markland Wood Golf Club, in Toronto’s leafy west end, has provided a scenic and challenging course for expert golfers and duffers alike. But less well known is the fact that that the private golf club welcomes

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Don Appetit! Carbon Bar’s Extravagant Lobster Burger

September 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Carbon Bar, the lively barbecue restaurant in downtown Toronto, is offering, until the end of September, The Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia lobster burger for $20 (with the purchase of a pint of Alexander Keith’s beer). And what an extravagant burger

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Don Appetit! Nirvana Spreads its Wings

September 9, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nirvana continues to be one of my favourite spots for Northern Indian food in the Toronto area — and now, the restaurant is looking for additional locations. Indeed, Nirvana is looking to franchise, concentrating in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding

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Don Appetit! One’s Upmarket Plates

September 7, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Hard to believe it’s been nine years since One restaurant opened in the Hazelton Hotel in Toronto’s tony Yorkville neighbourhood. Part of celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s restaurant group, One, under executive chef Andrew Ellerby and chef de cuisine Darby Piquette,

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Don Appetit! Piano Piano Goes Further

September 2, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Piano Piano is the latest incarnation of Splendido, which for many years has anchored the dining scene on leafy Harbord Street, in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Last December, Splendido owner Victor Barry closed the restaurant and rebranded as Piano Piano, serving

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Don Appetit! Trius Winery’s Sophisticated Plates

September 2, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Tucked away in Niagara Wine Region, Trius Winery at Hillebrand features an onsite restaurant, headed up by executive chef Frank Dodd, that turns out upscale plates built on first-rate, locally sourced ingredients. One night, there are two stellar soups, one