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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.

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Don Appetit! Azure Fires on all Cylinders

January 25, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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

January 22, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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Don Appetit! Cluny Bistro’s Delicious Evolution

January 11, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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

January 3, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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Don Appetit! Wahlburgers’ Fab Comfort Food

January 2, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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Don Appetit! Radius — Hearty Refinement on a Plate

December 11, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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

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Don Appetit! Portland Variety's Globally Inspired Treasures

December 5, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

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