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Don Appetit! Ryoji — Okinawa-style Pub Grub

March 20, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ryoji, on Toronto’s leafy College Street, is the only Okinawa-style izakaya restaurant in the country, and delivers terrific flavours and textures in a sleek, contemporary space. During the past six or seven years, izakaya-style dining (Japanese pub food) has taken

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Don Appetit! Sheraton Centre Toronto’s Eclectic Plates

March 16, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Located just off the busy lobby of the Sheraton Centre Toronto, BnB restaurant dishes up an eclectic menu in a sleek, contemporary room outfitted with leather banquettes and anchored by a large (and busy) bar area. One evening, the nightly

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Don Appetit! The Citizen's Seriously Good Comfort Food

March 13, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Hard to believe that The Citizen has been open for more than three years in Toronto’s crowded King and Spadina restaurant zone. The sports-bar-meets-urban-saloon is outfitted in a leather-and-wood, 1930s inspired look — hardwood floors, big-screen TVs, leather couches, sports memorabilia,

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Don Appetit! Drake One Fifty’s Creative Canadiana

March 8, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Early on a Tuesday evening and Drake One Fifty, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core, is jammed with a boisterous after-work crowd. The sleek space, anchored by a sizeable bar area up front and outfitted throughout in a sleek

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Don Appetit! TOCA’S Refined Plates

March 6, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For some years, TOCA restaurant has quietly gone about its business on the second floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Indeed, the restaurant flies under the city’s gastronomic radar — mystifying, given the sophistication of the meal I had at a

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Don Appetit! Khazana — Sumptuous Indian

March 5, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It’s been more than two years since Khazana opened its doors in Brampton, Ont., northwest of Toronto, and in that time, the upscale, already stellar food has climbed to another level. The driving force behind the restaurant is Sanjeev Kapoor.

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Don Appetit! Pure Spirits Scales New Heights

February 23, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For some years now, I’ve been visiting Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, and based on my most recent visit, I can report that the food, under new chef de cuisine Dawoon Chae, has never

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Don Appetit! Nirvana’s Soulful Indian Dishes

February 20, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Under the meticulous direction of general manager Karan Bajwa, the Northern Indian menu at Nirvana restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., continues to evolve. Exhibit A — Plump, moist and smoky tandoor-cooked drumsticks, coloured a deep red from their spicy yogurt marinade.

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Don Appetit! Black Angus on Target for April Relaunch

February 16, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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.

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Don Appetit! Modus Dishes Up Creative Italian

February 14, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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Don Appetit! Trios Bistro’s Inspired Kitchen

February 7, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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Don Appetit! Ricarda’s — French-Inflected Sophistication

January 30, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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.