BY DON DOULOFF Since Nota Bene launched in summer, 2008, I’ve visited twice, and always had satisfying experiences. But my most recent visit was my best yet. Helmed by exec chef David Lee, the thoughtfully created menu jet-hops around the world. It visits Thailand, with sophisticated results. For instance, the tom yum soup, subtle with coconut milk, kaffir lime and coriander, is a more refined … Read More about Don Appetit! Nota Bene’s Globally Inspired Excellence
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.
BY DON DOULOFF Since it opened almost three years ago in Maple Leaf Square, right beside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, RealSports Bar & Grill has been packing them in. And for good reason! The room throbs with energy. It’s a cavernous, multi-level, high-ceilinged wonderland outfitted with almost 200 HD TV screens — including a 39-ft. big screen — showing multiple sports events. Above the … Read More about Don Appetit! RealSports Sets a New Sports Bar Standard
In the 18 months it’s been open, Modus Italian restaurant, in Toronto’s downtown banking district, has built up a loyal clientele culled from the neighbouring skyscrapers. It’s easy to see why, after a recent dinner that brought highly satisfying plates. Clearly, exec chef John Rosal and his kitchen brigade are on their game. One evening, the nightly soup elegantly balanced roasted red pepper … Read More about Don Appetit! Modus – A Business-District Gem
It had been ages — about 15 years! — since I’d visited Katsura, in North Toronto’s Westin Prince hotel, so I was curious to see what the kitchen was up to, and was treated to some first-rate Japanese fare. Since I’d visited, the room has changed. Gone is the robata (grill) bar, replaced by a sushi bar, which previously had been located on an upper floor of the hotel. Besides the sushi bar, … Read More about Don Appetit! Katsura – The Zen of Japanese Fine Dining
I haven’t visited Zachary’s restaurant, in the Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport, for over 10 years, and the restaurant has changed significantly since then. Gone is the Four Diamond, stand-alone dining room. In its place, there’s a kind of hybrid Zachary’s that’s an extension of the adjacent lounge, just off the hotel’s lobby. The hybrid element applies to the menu, which reflects the … Read More about Don Appetit! Zachary’s Chameleon-like Charms
Many years before "locavore" was even a word, Roberto Fracchioni was building relationships with Niagara Region farmers. During two stints (six years each) as executive chef at On the Twenty restaurant and the Millcroft Inn, he forged close relationships with artisanal suppliers. Now that he’s exec chef at Monk Kitchen, in Toronto’s uber-chic, sleekly minimalist Templar Hotel, Fracchioni … Read More about Don Appetit! Monk Restaurant Local Done Right
Last summer, the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto launched in a neighbourhood providing white-hot competition for the hotel and its restaurant, Bosk. Right next door sit New York superstar chef David Chang’s three Toronto restaurants, and just across the street, there’s the Hilton Toronto and its in-house resto, Tundra. A few blocks east lie a slew of restaurants, including modern-Greek destination … Read More about Don Appetit – Bosk Elevates Hotel Dining