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Restaurant Review: A chicken worthy of Omar Sharif at The Civic

Joanne Kates was excited to discover roast chicken on the menu at the Civic, the new snazzy resto on the ground floor of the lovingly restored Broadview Hotel.
April 20, 2018

Restaurant Review: Marvellous house-made pasta dishes of the day are the jewel in Annabelle's crown

In her latest restaurant review, Joanne Kates finds that pasta-spinning joint, Annabelle, is the linchpin in this up-and-coming Christie and Davenport neighbourhood
March 12, 2018

Restaurant Review: BlueBlood's lavish castle backdrop can't save the steakhouse from mediocrity

Joanne Kate from Post City's Best 100 Restaurants checks out Casa Loma's "fancy steakhouse".
February 15, 2018

Restaurant Review: All that glitters ain’t gold at RH Courtyard Cafe

Joanne Kates sat down and refuelled at RH Yorkdale's Courtyard Cafe, but the eye-catching eatery was more style than substance.
January 16, 2018

The 5 top Joanne Kates restaurant reviews from 2017

This year Joanne Kates, our noted restaurant reviewer, ate her way around the city’s best (and sometimes not-so-best) restaurants. Here are her top five reviews from 2017, which thankfully include the terms "curmudgeon," "hipsterville" and "borderline hostile."
December 22, 2017

Restaurant Review: The Broadview Hotel’s glassed-in rooftop eatery is all about grown-up bar eats for cool cats

Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli, who’ve opened several restos together, are in charge of the food at the Broadview, a project of Streetcar Crowsnest, which put $26 million into a three-year reno of the old pile built in 1891 — now a boutique hotel with three restaurant/bar spaces. Bye bye Jilly’s strip club, hello hipsters. They’re calling it the Drake of the east end.
December 21, 2017

Restaurant Review: Chef Craig Harding knows how to dress up the simple stuff at La Palma

November 27, 2017

Restaurant Review: Seafood abounds at Ardo, Corktown’s Sicilian eatery

Then there’s Ardo, the super-popular newish Sicilian restaurant in Corktown. It’s friendly and pleasant-looking, done in pale colours with warm lighting, Sicilian tchotchkes and a great buzz. Lots of people, lots of noise. And a few ringside bar seats overlooking the fast-moving and superbly fragrant open kitchen.
October 19, 2017

Restaurant Review: Atlas is a boîte with bite

I continue to adore the food at Cava; Chabrol is a triumph of la cuisine française; and Atlas, their third resto, follows their model of both impeccable food and service.
September 25, 2017

Restaurant Review: Next of Kiin

Chef Nuit Regular and her husband Jeff have made a delicious niche in Toronto catering to us, the not-so-hot-chili people. And now Kiin, their fourth restaurant (after Pai, Sukhothai and Sabai Sabai), a pale and lovely room.
August 28, 2017

Estia lacks the direction needed to compete at the top level in Yorkville

Estia is a spot with Mediterranean-style fish and seafood cooked in a wood-fired oven.
July 19, 2017

Restaurant Review: Canis on Queen West fixes the prix fixe for Joanne Kates

Choice aplenty at this fastidious Queen West resto makes for fab multi-course menus.
July 04, 2017

Restaurant Review: What a marvellous mashup Doma is

Doma lives in the funky little space just up from College on Clinton, where once was Acadia and then Red Sauce.
June 13, 2017

Restaurant Review: Jen Agg’s brand new Kensington hot spot delivers on all levels

When Jen Agg — the diva of the Black Hoof and Rhum Corner — opens a new restaurant, the whole world (at least the Toronto food world) takes notice. And for good reason.
May 16, 2017

Restaurant Review: Perched above Bay Station, Brothers is home to a very clever kitchen

Every single plate of food they put in front of us is … fabulous. Glorious ingredients, sourced carefully, fresh, pure, excellent. All treated with utmost respect and grace. Worth putting up with the guy.
April 11, 2017

Restaurant Review: La Banane is Ossington’s dishy new bistro

Take a restaurant dream team, add a pinch of hipster, a soupçon of cream and a healthy dollop of impeccable seafood, season it à la française, and what have you got? The dishiest new resto to hit Toronto in a year!
March 08, 2017

Restaurant Review: Chef Steve Gonzalez is back with his gigantic new King West eatery

Cherry-picking the menu works really well. Some of the fusion items, where East meets Latin, are really fun. Chef’s suite of ceviches are superbly entertaining: we’re captivated by the variegated flavours of tiraditos, raw tuna napped in passion fruit and lulo sauce, with black and white sesame seeds, chili-studded purée of butternut squash and baby greens.
February 16, 2017

Restaurant Review: Why I ordered a $140 steak at Branca, the hottest table in town

It’s an Argentinian grill: the Argentinian tradition is to cook over a live fire of hardwood and Argentinian lump charcoal, which imparts a bit of a smoke undertone to the meat along with a charred crust that’s kissin’ cousin to crispy. Rather splendid.
December 01, 2016

Restaurant Review: Parkdale gets a not so Guu’d izakaya

Hence my excitement when Guu, the Vancouver mothership, opened a branch in Parkdale. Guu has been fooling around with the Toronto market for a few years. They first opened a fabulous Guu on Church Street and a second one on Bloor West.
November 03, 2016

Restaurant Review: A pedigreed chef dishes out dull and confusing Canadiana at Montgomery’s

I want to adore this restaurant. Guy Rawlings’ pedigree is sterling. Most recently he was operations manager at the esteemed Bar Isabel and Bar Raval, and long before that he was sous chef at Il Mulino on Eglinton, when it was great, and pastry chef at Celestin when it was great.
October 20, 2016