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Don Appetit! Peller Estates’ Sophisticated Pleasures

August 16, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been three years since I’d visited Peller Estates Winery, in Niagara region, so I ventured out to see what the kitchen is up to these days. Plenty, as it turns out. Blessed with Niagara’s natural bounty right at

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Don Appetit! Barsa’s Contemporary Spanish Delights

August 14, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nestled below street level, on Market Street, in downtown Toronto, Barsa Taberna is a deeply inviting space that takes full advantage of its 19th century heritage building’s exposed-stone walls and low, wood-beamed ceiling. Outfitted with Edison bulbs, Abstract Expressionist paintings

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Don Appetit! Mayura’s Inspired Indian Dining

August 8, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Celebrity chef Ranveer Brar has opened Mayura, a sleek and sophisticated Indian restaurant in Brampton, Ont., just west of Toronto. A mainstay on cooking shows in his native India, Ranveer has also put his stamp on highly regarded restaurants in

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Don Appetit! Ji’s Playful, Indian-Inflected Comfort Food

August 3, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ji restaurant is a welcome addition to Toronto’s Indian food scene. Run by the team behind Pukka, a charming Indian restaurant a stone’s throw away on St. Clair Avenue West, Ji occupies the space formerly occupied by Concession Road, launched

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Don Appetit! King Taps — Eat. Drink. Repeat.

July 25, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Open a little more than a month, in First Canadian Place office tower in Toronto’s downtown banking core, King Taps is a huge hit, right out of the box. Early on a mid-week night, the two-level, 450-seat sports bar throbs

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Don Appetit! Maison Fou’s Creative French Flair

July 16, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Maison Fou is a welcome addition to Toronto’s Bloor/Runnymede dining scene. The restaurant launched last November in the space previously occupied by short-lived Sparrow restaurant. A clever redesign has brightened the shabby chic room — white-painted brick walls, pressed-tin ceiling,

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Don Appetit! Le Notre’s French Kiss

July 12, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Earlier this year, Le Notre opened  in the charming space, in Toronto’s leafy Annex neighbourhood, formerly occupied by Yunaghi Japanese restaurant. Le Notre’s mode is French, but incorporating global influences, and under chef Cameron Nelson, the results are impressive. Nelson

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Don Appetit! Chaska: Street Food Fit for a King

July 5, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Naveen Seth launched Chaska, in Mississauga, Ont., as a tribute to the spicy street food he ate growing up in India. And Chaska does indeed bring to life an authentic Indian street food experience. Highlighting the spacious, industrial-chic room is

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Don Appetit! Doc Magilligan’s Taste of Ireland

June 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Walking into Doc Magilligan’s, in Niagara Falls, Ont., is like stepping into a convivial neighbourhood pub in Ireland. That’s no accident, since the décor was shipped over from the Emerald Isle. Indeed, the entire bar, back bar wall and all

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Don Appetit! Chartroom’s Super Food

June 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Chartroom is the spacious dining/lounge area that sprawls across the back portion of The Westin Harbour Castle’s bustling lobby. It’s a bright and airy space outfitted with picture windows overlooking Harbour Square, beyond which lie the Toronto Islands. Inspiring the

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Don Appetit! Nirvana’s Delicious Consistency

June 23, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The key to any restaurant’s success is consistency, the ability to reliably turn out first-rate food. One reason I continually return to Nirvana Indian restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., is for that very reason: its consistent excellence. In recent months, Nirvana’s

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Don Appetit! Nota Bene’s Globally Inspired Sophistication

June 14, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nota Bene, on Toronto’s Queen Street West, has it all going on: comfortable, sophisticated space; creative food, under executive chef David Lee; and polished service. I was reminded of this, once again, on a recent visit, where all aspects of