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Don Appetit!

Don Douloff has been a restaurant critic for over 25 years and, during that time, has critiqued more than 1,200 eateries. In 1988, he studied the fundamentals of French cuisine at Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, France. During his time in France, he furthered his gastronomic education by visiting the country’s bistros, brasseries and Michelin-starred temples of haute cuisine. He relishes exploring the edible universe in his native Toronto and on his travels throughout Canada and abroad.


Don Appetit! Black Angus on Target for April Relaunch

February 16, 2018 by douloff

Black Angus, the upscale restaurant that was a fixture in west-end Toronto for more than 50 years, is on its projected target to relaunch in April in a brand new, sleekly contemporary space two blocks west of its original location.


Don Appetit! Modus Dishes Up Creative Italian

February 14, 2018 by douloff

Since Modus Ristorante opened in Toronto’s financial district in 2011, it’s been a lunchtime and after-work go-to spot for the power crowd. After sampling chef Brett Turnbull’s modern Italian cuisine, it’s easy to see why. One night, for example, the


Don Appetit! Trios Bistro’s Inspired Kitchen

February 7, 2018 by douloff

It had been many years since I’d visited Trios Bistro, the restaurant located off the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre’s bustling lobby, so I thought I’d drop by, to see what the kitchen was up to. Under the direction of


Don Appetit! Ricarda’s — French-Inflected Sophistication

January 30, 2018 by douloff

Open almost two years, Ricarda’s 134, in downtown Toronto’s entertainment district, is a hidden gem dishing up sophisticated cuisine at reasonable prices. Heading up the kitchen is French-born Julien Laffargue, who joined Ricarda’s a little more than seven months ago.


Don Appetit! Azure Fires on all Cylinders

January 25, 2018 by douloff

After delivering two terrific review meals within the past 13 months, Azure, the soaring restaurant located off the InterContinental Toronto Centre’s spacious lobby, is firmly lodged on my culinary radar. Under chef de cuisine Grace DiFede, the kitchen is firing on


Don Appetit! Tachi’s Standout Stand-up Sushi Experience

January 22, 2018 by douloff

Tachi, Canada’s first stand-up sushi experience, launches Jan. 26 in Assembly Chef’s Hall, a unique, 11,000-sq.-ft. food court that opened in December in Toronto’s downtown core. Located in a sprawling, lively space on the ground floor of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre


Don Appetit! Cluny Bistro’s Delicious Evolution

January 11, 2018 by douloff

Each time I visit Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie, in Toronto’s Distillery District, the food holds new surprises as the kitchen continues its ongoing evolution. Credit the latest evolution to Murray McDonald, who, last April, joined Cluny as executive chef. Chef


Don Appetit! Cineplex Rec Room — That’s Eatertainment!

January 3, 2018 by douloff

Last year, Cineplex opened the first Toronto location of its Rec Room concept inside the historic Roundhouse, on Bremner Boulevard, in the shadow of the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium and CN Tower. The 40,000-sq.-ft. space comprises a sizeable video gaming


Don Appetit! Wahlburgers’ Fab Comfort Food

January 2, 2018 by douloff

Hard to believe it’s been more than three years since Wahlburgers launched in Toronto’s SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, backed by considerable Hollywood star power: Spearheading the restaurant is actor Mark Wahlberg; his brother Donnie (actor and founder of boy band New


Don Appetit! Radius — Hearty Refinement on a Plate

December 11, 2017 by douloff

I first encountered Gordon Goss’s superlative cooking at Cucci restaurant, in Bronte, Ont., west of Toronto, where his food wowed me with creativity and refinement backed up by rock-solid technique. This fall, he became executive chef and assistant general manager


Don Appetit! Portland Variety's Globally Inspired Treasures

December 5, 2017 by douloff

Although Portland Variety has been operating for more than three years on Toronto’s King Street West, I’d never visited, so I dropped by to see what the kitchen was up to. Long story short: I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed


Don Appetit! Tundra’s Refined Plates

November 29, 2017 by douloff

It had been some years since I’d visited Tundra restaurant, nestled in a sprawling, multi-level space just off the bustling lobby of the Hilton Toronto. Outfitted in understated earthtones and plenty of gleaming wood, Tundra is a sleek space catering