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R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Summerlicious 2015

Lunch at Nota Bene is well worth the $28. I enjoyed the blackened whitefish on a bed of wilted spinach with piquant red and green sauces (pico de gallo and poblano). The menu added one more appetizer (fish tacos) and main (cavatelli pugliese) to the one published on the Summerlicious website.

Non Summerlicious Outdoor Dining

Trattoria Giancarlo doesn't do Summerlicious, has a lovely patio, trad Italian menu, good (pricy) wine.

Café Boulud closing for renovations

The Globe and Mail reports that Café Boulud will be closing on June 28 for two months of extensive renovations.

Monday night special restaurant near the ROM - Toronto?

I haven't been back to Cafe Boulud since it opened -- are the walls still covered with those Mr. Brainwash paintings? I hesitate to recommend CB for a special dinner just because I think the decor is plain ugly. In a pinch, Museum Tavern is across the street from the RCM and, on a Monday, will be most welcoming.

Summerlicious 2015

This year's list of restaurants and menus is now up. The event runs an extra week this year, coinciding with the Pan Am Games.

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Corktown Kitchen is now open, in the space previously occupied by Weezie's.

Best Dim Sum in Toronto

1. Luckee
2. Chalau
3. Kwan
4. Crown Princess
5. Mother's Dumplings


Carbon Bar and Harlem are close. George is also nearby but is rather "posh."

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

I don't know if Mengrai is all that rustic, but I have enjoyed dishes on Sasi's "Signature" menu, particularly the beef tenderloin in a gravy-like tamarind sauce.

Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

Time for a 2015 update? According to this blog post, Mercer Hall and The Church are no more, and the Linleys (formerly of the Bijou) have left The Bruce. Red Rabbit does however look very promising.


2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

GIlead Café to close Mar 31 according to Jamie Kennedy's Twitter account.

lunch spot near Front and Frederick (near Young People's Theatre)?

Mangia & Bevi does lunch paninis including several veg options.

Best craft beer joints in Toronto

I like Tallboys at Bloor and Ossington -- excellent selection, knowledgeable staff, cozy vibe.

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

To be fair, he did write a rave review of King Place on Sherbourne at Dundas, which isn't particularly shiny, popular, nor trendy.

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

Tilted Kilt on the Esplanade

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Signs at Pizzeria Libretto's new location on University at Adelaide say they open Monday, Nov 10.

restaurants near Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Some Elm St suggestions -- Adega for Portuguese, Queen and Beaver for gastropub British.

Enroute Canada's Best New Restaurants 2014

Bar Buca at number 6, The Chase at number 7.


Had a pretty good dinner the other day at the downtown location (University and Wellington) -- no significant service issues, and the honey and garlic marinated sirloin was tasty.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Red Sauce on Clinton is closed.


It's all relative. 15% pre-tax on a $20 prix-fixe lunch with tap water is barely adequate; 15% pre-tax on a $35 prix-fixe dinner with cocktails, a decent bottle of wine and a post-prandial digestif should make servers and proprietors happy, given the markup. (Whether the opening of a $600 bottle of wine should be due more remuneration than the opening of a $60 bottle is a subject for another thread).

Best Dishes 2014

Great thread idea, Charles. First dish that comes to mind is Nota Bene's Crisp Duck Salad.


Had lunch at Jump Wednesday and really enjoyed the carrot and lemongrass soup, and the sea bream with succotash, popcorn and jalapeño. Lots of flavour and good portions for $20.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

According to their Facebook page, the grand opening is July 11.

Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

Looks like The Bruce (mentioned above) is open -- the menu looks appealing:
Look forward to any reaction.

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Nuit is not KSR's chef.

ACTINOLITE - An Updated Review with Photos

Nuttall-Smith sure likes it: http://bit.ly/1ofDzor

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Signage is up for "The Elm Tree Restaurant" at Elm and Bay, in the building formerly occupied by a Firkin bar (and, if memory recalls, by Csarda restaurant way back when).

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

East Thirty-Six in the former Lucien space on Wellington is now open: http://www.eastthirtysix.com/home
French-inspired small plates, O&B-alumnus chef de cuisine.