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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

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Don Appetit! Keg Sherway Steaks its Claim

February 29, 2016 by Lori Smith
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In late 2015, The Keg Steakhouse opened at Sherway Gardens shopping mall, in Toronto’s west end. It’s a snazzy space, highlighted on one side by a spacious, high-ceilinged lounge and bar, outfitted with a fireplace and tastefully chosen modern art,

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Don Appetit! Jamie Oliver’s Rustic Italian Delights

February 17, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In early December, Jamie’s Italian, a partnership between British superstar chef Jamie Oliver and Toronto-based King Street Food Company, opened in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The Toronto restaurant is the first North American location of Jamie’s Italian, which launched in

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Don Appetit! Cluny’s Modern French Charms

February 10, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

This isn’t your father’s French restaurant. It’s Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie, in Toronto’s Distillery District, and it deftly balances an upscale aesthetic with unfussy, often whimsical, charm. It’s a beautiful space that recalls an airy Paris brasserie, but in a