December 2010

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Le Pain Quotidien remains shuttered, future uncertain

Belgian Patisserie appears closed indefinitely

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Woodlot lives up to the hype

Woodlot has kept some of its previous life’s bar feel but is still warm and cozy with rustic wood floor and tables as well as a big wood-burning oven that dominates the kitchen. Our table is on the second floor with a great view of the kitchen brigade headed by chef and co-owner David Haman (ex–Luce, Lucien).

Dynasty opens up shop in new location

Dynasty Chinese Cuisine in Yorkville has closed the doors on their old Colonnade location at 131 Bloor St. W. But dim sum devotees needn’t worry as the new shop just down the street is already open at 69 Yorkville Ave., the former location of True Restaurant, among others.

Test results for two of T.O.'s top pastas

Cold weather often makes us reach for comfort foods — especially bowls full of pasta: we tested two of T.O.’s favourite al dente dishes … and, yes, the results were less than warming

New in the Neighbourhood: Copper Chimney

A server can make or break your impression of a restaurant. And I will be the first to admit that, if the food at Copper Chimney had missed the mark, I’d still probably go back — just to be the recipient of our waiter’s winning smile and overall optimism.

New casual Italian eatery lands on Mt. Pleasant

After a stint managing Joe Maggiano’s Italian Steakhouse and Bar — and many stints before that in the kitchens of various Toronto establishments — Nick Nada has opened up his own restaurant in North Toronto.

The Baron of Bagels brings the goodness to Midtown

Thirty-one years ago Kiva’s Bakery, a GTA landmark, opened in Thornhill and 14-year-old Ben Rafael was there, working as a busboy. Eventually he and his two younger brothers, Elan and Steve, took over ownership. Now they’re branching out with the newly opened Kiva’s Bagel Bar, a makeyour- own sandwich-and-salad joint.

Acclaimed T.O. chef leads double life as musician

Guy Rubino is a three-ring circus unto himself. Ring one: chef and co-owner of Ame and Ushi Oni restaurants (formerly his celebrity eatery Rain). Ring two: vocals and guitar for local rock band BMD. Ring three: the man is shooting a pilot episode for a reality TV series.

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Kitchen Confidential: T.O.’s favourite cakes tested

Holiday meals are bookended by real belly busters: appetizers and desserts. We’ve assessed the damage of the latter calorie-laden option — and tested T.O.’s favourite cakes.

Böhmer's beautiful Ossington bistro is lacking

With substantially more seats than his neighbours, Paul Boehmer will need to attract diners from across the city who are willing to make his restaurant a destination. And with a reputation built on numerous stints in the city’s best kitchens, you’d think I was in for something special … not so much.

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