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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.


Opinion

Don Appetit! Madrina Elevates the Tapas Experience

July 18, 2018 by douloff

Madrina’s inventive and refined modern tapas raise the bar on Spanish cuisine in Toronto. The restaurant launched in late June in Toronto’s Distillery District, in the high-ceilinged space formerly occupied by Tappo. Assorted shades of red and orange — for

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Don Appetit! Black Angus 2.0 Launches

July 13, 2018 by douloff

Black Angus, the Etobicoke restaurant that has fed guests splendidly for more than half a century, has relocated, reopened and reinvented itself in a snazzy, 6,000-square-foot street-level space in Bloor Islington Place office tower, in Toronto’s west end. The move

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Don Appetit! Figures — Comic-Book Décor, Serious Kitchen

July 9, 2018 by douloff

Outfitted with a comic book-themed décor, Figures resto-lounge opened in early spring, 2017, in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. From the moment you enter the small, comic-covered lobby and press a big red button that opens the doors leading to the snazzy

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Don Appetit! Fieramosca’s Traditional Italian Charms

July 3, 2018 by douloff

Fieramosca, nestled on quiet, leafy Prince Arthur Avenue, near downtown Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood, is a gem. For 37 years, the restaurant has cultivated a large and loyal following eager to chow down on first-rate homestyle Italian fare in an

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Don Appetit! Yolanda’s La Dolce Vita

June 28, 2018 by douloff

Nestled in a heritage home built in 1843 and occupying a charming location on Bronte Harbour’s waterfront, about an hour west of Toronto, Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa takes inspiration from the cuisine of Central and Southern Italy. It also draws inspiration

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Don Appetit! Hexagon’s Superb Modern French Plates

June 26, 2018 by douloff

Attention all gastronomes: There is some seriously good cooking going on at Hexagon, a superb restaurant that opened last September in Oakville, Ont. Executive chef Rafa Covarrubias and the team of young (no one is older than 25) and talented

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Don Appetit! Stack’s First-Rate Urban Barbecue

June 20, 2018 by douloff

Opened six years ago, Stack restaurant, in North Toronto, is a gem, a real find, both for its top-notch Southern U.S.-style barbecue meats and for the fact that it incorporates those meats into salads, poutine, burgers, tacos and sandwiches. Call

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Don Appetit! Kairali’s Spicy Southern Indian Flavours

June 14, 2018 by douloff

Recently, I ventured out to Scarborough, east-end Toronto’s deliciously multicultural gastronomic zone, to visit Kairali restaurant, which opened four years ago and bills itself as Canada’s first eatery serving authentic Kerala cuisine. The cuisine of Kerala, a state in Southern

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Don Appetit! EVOO’s Sophisticated Mediterranean Simplicity

June 13, 2018 by douloff

Two and a half years ago, EVOO Ristorante launched in the space formerly occupied by Cantine in Toronto’s Avenue Road/Davenport Road restaurant row. Spearheading EVOO is Peter Catarino, who, for 20 years, co-owned Spuntini restaurant about a block or so

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Don Appetit! InterCon Yorkville’s Unique “Dine in Around”

June 12, 2018 by douloff

The InterContinental Yorkville, in Toronto, has just introduced a unique group program option: A “Dine in Around” enabling groups to design their own experience around a six-course tasting menu that can be eaten either in a single dining space, or

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Don Appetit! Nirvana — The True Flavours of India

June 4, 2018 by douloff

Time and again, I return to Nirvana restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., for a true taste of Indian cooking, and time and again, I’m delighted to discover new edible treasures. Credit for this belongs to general manager Karan Bajwa, who ensures

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Don Appetit! Ruth’s Chris Delivers the Steak AND the Sizzle

May 28, 2018 by douloff

In late 2017, Ruth’s Chris Steak House opened on Dixon Road, in the heart of Toronto’s Airport Strip, and from all reports, the restaurant is doing very well, drawing a strong business crowd and attracting travellers from nearby hotels. This